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How do I find a monologue?
Our Teaching Artists are available to visit high school drama classes for FREE to engage with students and provide more information about August Wilson and his work. Included in these one-hour sessions are a short biography of August Wilson, an on-your-feet monologue taster, and details about the competition. Educators may email the Education department at awmc@seattlerep.org to schedule a session.

How does judging work? Will I receive the feedback from the judges after my performance?
You will be judged in five categories: story, voice, movement, connection, and accuracy. Please email awmc@seattlerep.org after prelims and/or finals if you would like the judge’s feedback.

Who can participate in the AWMC?
All current high school students who live in Washington State.

Do I need acting experience prior to this competition?
This competition is open to all students who have an interest in acting and the work of August Wilson. No previous acting experience is required.

Does the AWMC cost anything?
There is absolutely NO COST to participate in the competition or Seattle Rep workshops.

How do I find a monologue?
Your monologue must be from one of August Wilson’s plays. Seattle Rep has compiled ed a list of suggested monologues, which you can find on the AWMC website. Look over this list to get started. Email awmc@seattlerep.org to get copies of the monologues. Try reading a couple of monologues aloud and choose the one that you connect with the most. Students are strongly encouraged to attend an AWMC workshop at Seattle Rep to learn more about August Wilson’s plays and characters.

How long should my performance be?
All performances (from the first acting moment to the last) must be between one and three minutes.

Is this competition only open to African-American students?
High school students of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

Can I use props and costumes in my performance?
The judges are looking closely at your acting performance alone. No props or costumes are allowed. You have the option of using a chair to sit in during your performance. Dress comfortably and professionally.

How do I introduce myself before my performance?
You must “slate” before your begin your monologue. You will introduce your full name, the character of your monologue, and the play your monologue is from.

How does judging work? Will I receive the feedback from the judges after my performance?
You will be judged in five categories: story, voice, movement, connection, and accuracy. Please email awmc@seattlerep.org after preliminaries if you would like the judge’s feedback.