What does the AWMC Journey look like?
Let’s break it down.
Orientation: Saturday, December 9, 2017. Students will come together to learn about the competition, have a workshop with Artistic Director Kevin Jones, sign up for audition slots, and have the chance to connect to our teaching artists for potential coaching before auditions. Parents will have the opportunity to learn the structure of the program, ask questions, and meet the staff.
Auditions: Saturday, January 6, 2018. Students will not have to be available the entire day but will sign up for an hour-long slot. Students will perform their monologues in front of a panel of judges, who will select 20 participants to move on to callbacks the following day.
Callbacks: Sunday, January 7, 2018, 10:30am-1:30pm. Students that move on from the preliminary auditions will attend a “callback” workshop to work with director Kevin Jones and other AWMC teaching artists for several hours. Out of these callbacks, 8-12 students will move on to receive Master Classes and compete in the Regional Finals.
Master Classes: January 13, 20, 27, and February 3, 10, 17, 2018 from 10am-1pm. In these six Master Classes semi-finalists will receive training from professional actors and teaching artists to prepare them for the Regional Finals. Participants will be connected to scholarship, training, and educational opportunities, locally and nationally.
Regional Finals: February 26, 2017. Semi-Finalists compete, and 2 students will be selected as Portland’s Regional Finalists. The third place winner will receive $100, the second place winner will receive $250, and the first place winner will receive $500. First and second place students will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York to compete at the National AWMC Finals on Broadway.
National Finals: May 7, 2018 in New York City at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. The first and second place regional winners from each city will compete at the National Finals. Students must be available for four full days of travel. The August Wilson Red Door Project will provide chaperones. Parents, guardians, teachers, and other family and friends are welcome but will need to pay their own way. Portland’s Regional Finalists, along with those from other cities, will see a Broadway production (or two!) and take in popular New York sites before competing. Students compete in front of a panel of celebrity judges. The night’s festivities also include performances by surprise theatrical and musical guests.
How do I know if I am eligible to participate?
Current high school students enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade living in the Portland and Vancouver areas are eligible to participate.
Are private and home schooled students eligible to participate?
Yes. Public, private, charter and home schooled students are all eligible to participate.
I am not available on one of the competition dates. Can I still apply?
We ask that you not apply if you are not available on all of the competition dates.
Is there a cost to participate?
No. There is no fee to participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition.
Is the competition only open to African-American students?
No. Students of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.
Do I need to have acting experience to compete?
No. Students with all levels of prior experience are welcome to apply.
May I perform an original monologue?
No. You are required to select a monologue from the August Wilson American Century Cycle compendium found online.
How do I choose a monologue?
There are ten wonderfully diverse plays in the August Wilson American Century Cycle compendium. Choose a couple that pique your interest and invest in reading the plays, so that you have a full understanding of the characters and the story. It is important for an actor to play to his or her strengths, so explore and find a monologue that really speaks to you, connects to your heart, and to your own experiences and/or imagination in some way. Then decide which one is for you, and have fun creating and portraying the character’s story. Support is available for those who need help choosing a monologue. Visit our How To Choose A Monologue page or use our Monologue Chooser for more help!
I am not comfortable with all of the language in my selected monologue. May I make edits?
No. Monologues must be performed as written in the compendium. If you are uncomfortable with the language, please select a different monologue.
How long should my performance be?
Your monologue performance must be between 1 and 3 minutes.
What should I wear?
Dress comfortably but neatly so as not to distract the judges. The focus should be on your performance. We will discuss dress code for Regionals before you compete.
Are props and/or costumes allowed?
No. However, you may use one chair to sit on, but it should not be used as a prop.
Who judges the competition?
Performances will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals.
What happens after each round of competition?
Following auditions, eight to twelve students will be selected to advance to Regional Finals and receive master classes in preparation. The top three students at Regional Finals will receive cash prizes, and the top two will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for a chance to compete at the National Finals.
If I am one of the top two (2) students at the Regional Finals, will my parent(s) be included on the trip?
Are there any additional costs once I get to New York?
No, but you may bring enough funds to purchase souvenirs.
Can my family/friends attend the competition?
We ask that your parents join for Orientation. Auditions and master classes are closed to the public. However, your family/friends may accompany you and wait in another room. Regional and National Finals are open to the public.
For more information or questions please contact Jory Bowers, Operations Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.