Center Theatre Group has been the Los Angeles home for the National August Wilson Monologue Competition since 2011. More than a contest, the August Wilson Monologue Competition is an educational journey that includes workshops with teaching artists where students hone their acting and storytelling skills, auditions where theatre professionals offer feedback to all participants, and an introduction to August Wilson and The American Century Cycle.

Eligibility

Current high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 from Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties are eligible to participate (verify your county at schoolfinder.us. Students must be enrolled in high school the whole school year and may not be older than 19 on the day of the National Finals (which take place in the spring) to participate in all stages of the program.

Registration

Sign up here to receive more information and a copy of the Registration Form for the 2017/2018 August Wilson Monologue Competition. We will follow up with you by email to confirm receipt of your interest and to verify that all provided information is correct. In order to participate in the Preliminary Auditions, you must complete a Registration Form provided to you by Center Theatre Group and attend an Orientation Meeting. Registration forms are due no later than Friday, October 27.

Free Workshops

Are you an educator interested in learning more about August Wilson and the monologue competition? Center Theatre Group is offering an Introduction Workshop for Educators on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 4–6pm at Center Theatre Group in Downtown Los Angeles. RSVP to AugustWilson@CTGLA.org to reserve your spot.

New this year, Center Theatre Group is offering in-school class presentations about the monologue competition between September 5 and October 6. Email AugustWilson@CTGLA.org to schedule a 30-minute interactive presentations for your class.

If you have further questions, please contact us by email or phone at 213.972.0720.

Program Dates

Please begin the registration process only if you are able to attend all program dates.

Orientation Meetings
The student must be able to attend one of the following sessions at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A. to receive important information about how to prepare for their preliminary audition and to obtain an audition call time.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:00–4:00pm
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 4:30–6:30pm
  • Monday, November 6, 2017 at 4:00–6:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 4:00–6:00pm
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:00–6:00pm
Preliminary Auditions
Specific audition call time will be assigned to each participant.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:00am–6:00pm at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A.
Semi-Final Auditions
Specific audition call time will be assigned to each participant.
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:00–6:00pm at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A.
Awards Ceremony
Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 12:00pm
Training and Rehearsals
Saturdays, January 27, February 10, 24, and March 3, 2018 at 2:00–7:00pm at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A.
Regional Finals
Monday, March 5, 2018 (all day) at the Mark Taper Forum in Downtown L.A.
Students will need permission to miss school this day.
National Finals
Monday, May 7, 2018 at the August Wilson Theatre in New York
Travel to New York includes full days, May 5–8
Students will need permission to miss school for these days.
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