The August Wilson Monologue Competition is a program for students in grades 9-12 that seeks to introduce high school students to the incredible contributions of playwright August Wilson to the American theatre.
Students who participate in this free program attend workshops in the fall semester with experienced actors, directors, and teaching artists. They select a monologue from August Wilson’s work to analyze, memorize, and perform, then compete in a preliminary competition in December. 21 students advance to the semi-final competition, and 9 of those students advance to the final competition. The top two students in the Triad region advance to the national semi-finals, which include an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to take further master classes, perform their monologues onstage at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway, and compete for scholarship funding.
To be eligible for the competition, students must:
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
You MUST attend at least two workshops from two different categories listed below.
You do not have to attend all of the workshops in the same city, and you may attend each type of workshop more than once if you would like.
Monologue Selection Deadline: Friday, November 16th, 2018
You do not have to be available for all nine workshops in order to participate. To be eligible, you need to participate in at least two workshops, each from different categories (i.e. one “Who is August Wilson and Why Should I Care?” and one “Performance Essentials”). Students are STRONGLY encouraged to attend one of each type of workshop, as participation in these workshops is a key component of the program and will enhance your ability to be successful in the preliminary competition and beyond.
You DO need to be available for the preliminary competition, semi-final competition, and final competition, as well as the semi-finalist and finalist workshop dates and the national competition dates. We recommend that you mark those dates on your calendar now. Times for the dates during the spring competition will be released in October 2018. Please DO NOT register if you are not available for two workshops in the fall, the December 1st preliminary competition, and all of the dates in the spring semester.
Greensboro: If you would like to look into options for taking public transportation to the library, you can find a link to the Greensboro bus website here.
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High Point: If you would like to look into options for taking public transportation to the library, you can find a link to the High Point bus website here.
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Presented in partnership with North Carolina A&T State University.
Congratulations to NC finalists Aniah Brown and Jack Greenberg, who performed their monologues in NYC, met theatre students from around the country, and got to engage with Broadway director Kenny Leon. Photo credit Gustavo Monroy.
Header image photo credit: Gustavo Monroy