Program Overview

Long Wharf Theatre (LWT), in collaboration with Yale Repertory Theatre, is hosting the New Haven Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC). High school participants throughout CT, but primarily in the Greater New Haven Area, will compete to earn a spot in the national competition.

“The goal of the competition is to build partnerships with schools and theatres across the United States, and to create educational materials about August Wilson that allow students to connect these important theatre works with educational curricula like history, social studies and literature. This monologue competition offers students of all races the opportunity to inhabit the lives and speak the words of these vital, lively characters.”
—Todd Kreidler, Former Associate Artistic Director, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company

For the 2021 Competition:

• Participation is FREE to all

• Open to any CT student, as an individual or through school

• Provide partnering schools and participating students with the ability to attend any and all special events. Including but not limited to: Staged readings, Panel discussions, Blues Night, and Poetry Slam

• Offer free August Wilson Master Classes for high school students

Two Ways to Get Involved:

• As a school engage in a 6-week residency program with a Long Wharf Teaching Artist (up to 10 schools).

• As an individual participate in AT LEAST one of the three free August Wilson introductory classes provided.

Students who have participated in the past may sign up for the Regional Audition without participating in the in-school program or Information Sessions, although some brush-up coaching sessions are highly recommended through the Introductory Classes.

Schedule of Events

Please find below dates, times, and spaces for events this year. Please note dates and times are subject to change.


Regional Auditions are closed and only open to those students who have successfully registered by March 8. You will audition virtually in front of four judges and they will score you on your physical presentation, emotional connectedness, focus, projection, understanding the text, and accuracy.
When: March 15-19
Location: Virtual Stage, hosted by Long Wharf Theatre


The New Haven Regional Competition is open for all to watch and enjoy! We are celebrating the top 15 finalists for making it thus far and of course we are remembering and honoring August Wilson. The night will end with the top 3 students awarded cash prizes and spots in the national competition.

When: April 2—3
Location: Long Wharf Theatre


When: May 2-5
Where: Virtual Stage, Hosted by True Colors Theatre

For more information please contact Aleta Staton, Director of Learning & Community Organizing

Sponsored by

Ruby Melton & Gail McAvay
Yale Repertory Theatre

Thank you to our Education sponsors:

The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation
The Ethel and Abe Lapides Foundation, Inc.
The George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation
Theatre Forward

Long Wharf Theatre programs are made possible, in part, with the support of the Department of Economic & Community Development Endowment, and the Department of Economic & Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal CARES Act.