Applications for Portland’s 2016-2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition are now closed.

Check back this summer for our 2017-18 application.

You can sign up online for the AWMC.  It’s easy.  Check out the information here and fill out the application below.  If you have any questions at all, email or call the office at 971-803-7708.  Welcome to the August Wilson Monologue Competition!


ELIGIBILITY Current high school students in the greater Portland area are eligible to enter the competition.

COMPETITION EVENTS Unless otherwise noted, all locations are to be announced.

Orientation: December 10, 2016, 10am-1pm at Self-Enhancement, Inc (SEI), 3920 N Kerby Ave, Portland, OR 97227. Students will go through an orientation for the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Please bring a parent or guardian – we will have plenty of info for them, too! You do not need to have your monologue chosen, but let us know if you need help choosing.

Preliminary Auditions: January 7, 2017. Students will present their monologues for the first time.

Callbacks: January 8, 2017. Students will work with Artistic Director Kevin Jones in a workshop callback to determine the Semi-Finalists.

Master Classes: January 14, 21, 28, and February 4, 11, 18, 2017. Portland Semi-Finalists will attend five to six Master Classes conducted by professional actors.

Regional Finals: February 27, 2017 at the Newmark Theatre in Portland, OR. Two students will be selected to represent Portland at the National Finals in New York.

National Finals: April 28-May 2, 2017 at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in New York City. 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.

TRANSPORTATION Students should be able to provide their own transportation and attend all competition dates. If transportation is a difficulty for you, please contact Katie at

COST There is no cost to enter the August Wilson Monologue Competition.

MONOLOGUE SELECTION You do not have to have your monologue selected when you apply. We will offer support if you need help choosing a monologue

If you want to select a monologue on your own, or wish to start looking, you can consult the August Wilson American Century Cycle Compendium (which is a PDF document that has every August Wilson monologue listed). A link to the compendium can be found on our website:

Monologues must be performed as edited in the compendium and performances must more than one minute and less than three minutes.

COMMUNICATION Students will provide current and accurate contact information for themselves and their parents/guardians on the application. Students must be committed to checking phone calls, emails, and/or text messages during participation in the AWMC and responding in a prompt manner.