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 win an all-expense paid trip to the National Competition in NYC where they will perform on a Broadway stage, see a Broadway play, and have the chance to win college scholarships.

“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

In the 2019 – 2020 School Year:

• Participation is FREE to all

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

• We will (at least) double school participation

• 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.


For teachers
This PD Day is a prime opportunity for teachers to find a deeper connection to the competition through an “AWMC Basics Workshop” with True Colors Theatre’s Director of Education Nikki Toombs, and to gain confidence in creating inclusive classroom and performance spaces with Nicole Brewer’s “Anti-Racist Theatre: Conscientious Theatre Training” workshop.
When: Saturday, September 28 from 8:30AM-3PM
Location: Long Wharf Theatre


October 14 from 4-6PM, Long Wharf Theatre
December 9 from 4-6PM, Long Wharf Theatre
January 13 from 4-6PM, Long Wharf Theatre


Regional Auditions are closed and only open to those students who have successfully registered for the audition by the deadline of Jan. 25th. You will audition in front of four judges and they will score you on your physical presentation, emotional connectedness, focus, projection, understanding the text, and accuracy.
When: Feb 8th from 10-7PM
Location: Long Wharf Theatre Stage II, 222 Sargent Drive New Haven, CT 06511



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 the top 2 will move on to the Nationals in New York City!
When: February 24th 3-9PM (show time at 7PM)
Location: Long Wharf Theatre


When: May 2-5 (Semi Finals on May 3, Competition on Monday, May 4 at 7PM)
Where: August Wilson Theatre 245 West 52nd Street, NY, NY

For more information please contact Jacqueline S. Brown, Education Programs Coordinator
203-777-7027 or jacque.brown@longwharf.org

Sponsored by

Ruby Melton & Gail McAvay
Roz & Jerry Meyer
Wells Fargo Foundation
Yale Repertory Theatre