The August Wilson Monologue Competition features students performing monologues from the legendary playwright's American Century Cycle of plays that document 100 years of the African American experience.

This competition is open to students from all backgrounds and ethnicities. We’ll help you select a monologue from one of the plays from the American Century Cycle and you’ll have access to free coaching sessions with theater professionals right here at Seattle Rep.

We hold preliminaries in January and, if selected, you’ll perform in our finals in February. Two finalists travel to New York to compete with finalists from Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, Dallas, and Greensboro. You will also have the opportunity to see a Broadway show and participate in a workshop with True Colors Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Kenny Leon!


Educators! Welcome a Seattle Rep Teaching Artist into your classroom!

Our Teaching Artists are available to visit high school drama and humanities classes for FREE during the months of October and November 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. Contact us to schedule a session!

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