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August Wilson

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August Wilson for a new generation

"August Wilson was a unique, powerful and influential force in American Theatre. Through the gift of his storytelling he taught all of us much about who we are and where we come from and how we can all survive and grow as human beings."
—Gordon Davidson, Founding Artistic Director, Center Theatre Group


Performing August Wilson

Applications Now Closed

Come back in Fall 2016 to register for next year’s August Wilson Monologue Competition! Center Theatre Group's August Wilson Monologue Competition, presented by the Center Theatre Group Affiliates, enables high school students to bring Wilson's memorable characters to life. CTG is proud to be the Southern California home for this national competition. Learn more.



Discovering August Wilson

Center Theatre Group's August Wilson In-School Residency Program, presented by the Center Theatre Group Affiliates, is a unique semester-long program engaging high school students in an in-depth, personal, and artistic study of August Wilson and his theatrical contribution to society. Learn more.



August Wilson was born Frederick August Kittel on April 27, 1945, to mother Daisy Wilson, a cleaning lady who primarily cared for August and his siblings, and his father, also Frederick August Kittel, a German immigrant and baker. Read more...


  Learn more about August Wilson's ten American Century Cycle plays.
  Learn about Wilson's artistic influences, which he calls the 4 B's.

See the approved 2016 August Wilson Monologue Competition monologues.


Email or call 213.972.0720.

Special Thanks

Presented by    
 Center Theatre Group Affiliates Logo Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles 

The August Wilson Program also receives generous support from the Joseph Drown Foundation, HUB International and the William Randolph Hearst Education Endowment.

Photo Credit

Top: August Wilson. Photo by David Cooper