Portland’s August Wilson Monologue Competition
The 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 will 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 auditions. The top two finalists will compete in national finals held at the August Wilson Theater in New York City.
Key Dates for the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition
Master Classes: January 14, 21, 28, and February 4, 11, 18, 2017
Regional Finals rehearsal: February 25, 2017
Regional Finals: February 27, 2017 at Newmark Theatre (Portland’5)
Finalist Coaching: March 11, 25 and April 8, 22, 2017
National Finals: April 29, 30 and May 1 in NYC