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National August Wilson Monologue Competition

The National August Wilson Monologue Competition was founded in 2007 by Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta. The national program is produced in collaboration between Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters. The program is now in twelve cities nationwide, including AtlantaBostonBuffaloChicagoLos AngelesNew HavenNew YorkPittsburghSeattleDallas, and Greensboro.

The National August Wilson Monologue Competition is a free arts education program, a celebration of the words of the playwright August Wilson, inspiring high school students to find and express themselves through theatre.

August Wilson was an American playwright. His literary legacy is a series of ten plays, The American Century Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the 20th century.

Participating students receive the following:

  • Free Workshops with Theatre Professionals
  • Opportunity to perform on Broadway
  • Win an all expense paid trip to New York
  • Opportunity to Attend a Broadway Show
  • Win cash Scholarships for college


The National August Wilson Monologue Competition program expands each year.  If you would like information about bringing the National August Wilson Monologue Competition to your city, please contact Executive Producer Jenn Dwyer McEwen at

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