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

Registration for the 2018/2019 August Wilson Monologue Competition is now closed.

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.
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 4–5pm
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 4–5pm
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2–3pm
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 4–5pm
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6–7pm
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 4–5pm
Preliminary Auditions
Specific audition call time will be assigned to each participant.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9am–6pm at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A.
Semifinal Auditions
Specific audition call time will be assigned to each participant.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2–6pm at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A.
Awards Ceremony
Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 12pm
Training and Rehearsals
Saturdays, January 26, February 9, 23, and March 9, 2019 at 2–7pm at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A.
Regional Finals
Monday, March 11, 2019 (all day) at the Mark Taper Forum in Downtown L.A.
Students will need permission to miss school this day.
National Finals
Monday, May 6, 2019 at the August Wilson Theatre in New York
Travel to New York includes full days, May 4–7
Students will need permission to miss school for these days.
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