Supported by the August Wilson Red Door Project and participating schools, students will choose one monologue each from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. From the group of initial applicants, twelve will move on to Regional Finals. Those twelve will attend master classes with teaching artist Victor Mack to hone their performances during the spring.

A panel of judges will choose three regional finalists. The first and second place finalsts fly to New York City for the national finals, while the third will act as an alternate in case either first or second place finalists cannot attend the National Finals for any reason. The regional first, second, and third place winners will receive a $500, $250 and $100 cash prizes, respectively.

Competitors must be available for and provide their own transportation to all competition dates and classes.

There is no cost to enter or participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition.

For the competition’s third year, the August Wilson has partnered with Self Enhancement Inc (SEI). SEI is one of the most comprehensive and effective youth development  organizations in the country, serving over 2,500 inner-city young people and families in year-round academic enrichment and family support programs.

Along with SEI, The Portland August Wilson Monologue Competition is supported by Ronni Lacroute, Priscilla and Dan Wieden, The Collins Foundation, and The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

The August Wilson National Finals in New York

Two Portland Regional finalists will be chosen and accompanied by AWMC Teaching Artist and Staff on an all expenses paid trip to the AWMC National Finals in New York. The two students, along with the other regional finalists, will have the opportunity to see a Broadway production, and meet the actors; as well as take in popular New York sites before competing. The National Finals will take place at the August Wilson Theatre and the students will be competing against the other cities Regional Finalists in front of a panel of celebrity judges. The night’s festivities also include performances by surprise theatrical and musical guests. The first place regional winners from each city are guaranteed a spot at the National Finals. All second and third place regional winners will compete in the semi-final round for 8 remaining slots for a total of 15 competitors. Students not selected will participate in a “montage of performances” showcased at the National Finals. The National Finals first place winner will receive $1500, the second place winner will receive $750.00, and the third place winner will receive $500.