The National August Wilson Monologue Competition
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The National August Wilson Monologue Competition

 

DETAILS

The National August Wilson Monologue Competition is a free arts education program, a celebration of the words of the playwright August Wilson, inspiring high school students to express themselves through theater. Founded in 2007 by Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, the program is produced in collaboration with the national presenting partners True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters.

As a part of the competition in the 2019/20 Season, students will perform monologues from August Wilson’s century cycle of plays and be adjudicated by guest artists. Two to three students will be selected from five semi-finals rounds to move on to the regional competition. Of those students, two regional winners will be selected and receive a $400 cash prize; one runner up will receive $100.

Beginning in the 2020/21 Season, if Milwaukee is selected as a host city for the national competition, the top two regional winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York City where they will compete nationally for cash scholarships on a Broadway stage.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Students must be in high school and have completed one of the following methods of preparation for the competition:
1) Be in high school during the time of the competition.
2) Choose and memorize an approved monologue for the competition. To find a monologue, go to Approved AWMC Monologues.
3) Register for the competition and be available for an informational meeting, one of the semi-finals, and the regional finals.

Students must choose an approved monologue for the competition. To find a monologue, go to Approved AWMC Monologues.

REGISTRATION

In order to compete, students must register for the competition. We will follow up with you by email to confirm receipt and your semi-final location.

Begin Registration

 

COMPETITION DATES

For a fall workshop schedule, please go to AWMC Workshops.

Orientation at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
• Monday, January 6, 5-7pm
• Saturday, January 11, 9-11am

Semi-Finals
• Monday, January 27, 7pm – Arts@Large
• Thursday, February 13th, 6pm – UW-Milwaukee Kenilworth 508
• Tuesday, January 28, 7pm – Carmen High School
• Monday, February 3 at Milwaukee Academy of Science, Boys & Girls Club at 4:30pm
• Monday, February 10 at MPS Central office location at 4:30pm

MONOLOGUES

Students registered for the competition must choose a monologue from the approved list below. Monologues cannot be cut or changed in any way.

This competition is open to any ethnicity, age, or gender. Choose a monologue that piques your interest and speaks to you personally. The chosen character does not need to be representative of your age, gender, or ethnicity. We recommend that you read the whole play from which your chosen monologue comes. August Wilson’s entire collection can be found at Milwaukee Public Library.


Gem of the Ocean (PDF)


Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (PDF)


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (PDF)


The Piano Lesson (PDF)


Seven Guitars (PDF)


Fences (PDF)


Two Trains Running (PDF)


Jitney (PDF)


King Hedley II (PDF)


Radio Golf (PDF)

AWMC WORKSHOPS

A six-part workshop series is offered throughout Milwaukee from October – December. All students are welcome to participate in these workshops to prepare for the competition. All six workshops are highly recommended. Participation in a minimum of three workshops is one pathway for eligibility for the competition. Walk-ins are welcome. Workshops are limited to 30 students and will be first come, first serve. Please plan to arrive early to sign in and ensure a spot in the workshop.

 
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“Introduction to August Wilson”
Tuesday, Oct 8 4:00 check-in/4:30-5:30 workshop America’s Black Holocaust Museum
Friday, Oct 18 3:30 check-in/4:00-5:00 workshop Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
 
“Choosing a Monologue”
Wednesday, Oct 30 4:00 check-in/4:30-5:30 workshop The Retreat
Friday, Nov 1 3:30 check-in/4:00-5:00 workshop Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
 
“Character Development”
Tuesday, Nov 5 4:00 check-in/4:30-5:30 workshop America’s Black Holocaust Museum
Friday, Nov 8 3:30 check-in/4:00-5:00 workshop Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
Thursday, Nov 14 5:00 check-in/5:30-6:30 workshop Running Rebels
 
“Performance Essentials”
Tuesday, Nov 12 4:00 check-in/4:30-5:30 workshop Carmen High School – Northwest
Wednesday, Nov 20 4:00 check-in/4:30-5:30 workshop Messmer High School
Wednesday, Dec 4 4:00 check-in/4:30-5:30 workshop The Retreat
 
“Auditioning”
Tuesday, Dec 3 4:00 check-in/4:30-5:30 workshop Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Thursday, Dec 5 5:00 check-in/5:30-6:30 workshop Running Rebels
 
“Monologue Coaching”
Tues, Dec 10 4:00 check-in/4:30-5:30 workshop Carmen High School – Northwest
Wed, Dec 11 4:00 check-in/4:30-5:30 workshop 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
Tues, Dec 17 4:00 check-in/4:30-5:30 workshop Messmer High School