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, Seattle, Dallas and Greensboro, North Carolina.

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 three finalists will compete in national finals held at the August Wilson Theater in New York City.

Watch this video featuring last year’s Regional Finalists on OPB Arts and Life: