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Portland’s August Wilson Monologue Competition

Registration for Portland’s 2017-2018 August Wilson Monologue Competition is closed. If you’re interested in participating next year, please let us know!

The national August Wilson Monologue Competition was founded in 2007 by Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler at True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta. The national program, based on successful Shakespeare youth monologue competitions, is produced in collaboration between True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters and is now in ten cities nationwide, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and San Antonio.

Through Wilson’s plays, high school-age actors learn about the American experience from the African-American viewpoint, an important thread often missing from history lessons or poorly portrayed in lesser works created for the stage and screen. Guided by professional actor and director mentors, and working with local teachers and community leaders, students will perform monologues from Wilson’s plays at publicly viewed Portland Regional Finals. The top two finalists will compete in national finals held at the August Wilson Theater in New York City.

Key Dates for the 2017-2018 August Wilson Monologue Competition

Applications Due: November 30, 2017

Orientation: December 9, 2017

Auditions/Callbacks: January 6 and 7, 2018

Master Classes: January 13, 20, 27, and February 3, 10, 17, 2018

Regional Finals: February 26, 2018

National Finals: May 7, 2018 in NYC

Watch this video featuring our 2013-14 Regional Finalists on OPB Arts and Life: