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The National August Wilson Monologue Competition was founded in 2007 by Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta. The national program is produced in collaboration between Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters. The program is now in 12 cities nationwide, including Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Dallas, Greensboro and now, in partnership with Intrepid Theatre Company, in San Diego.

The National August Wilson Monologue Competition is a free arts education program, a celebration of the words of the playwright August Wilson, inspiring high school students to find and express themselves through theatre.

August Wilson was an American playwright. His literary legacy is a series of ten plays, The American Century Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the 20th century.

Participating students receive the following:

Free Workshops with Theatre Professionals
Opportunity to perform on Broadway
Win an all expense paid trip to New York
Opportunity to Attend a Broadway Show
Win cash Scholarships for college

During the 2019-2020 school year, Intrepid will be offering a 12 to 15 session in-school curriculum residency to San Diego County high schools in partnership with theatre, English or social studies classes. We will also be offering August Wilson workshops for high school students to prepare for the monologue competition. For more information, visit theĀ in-school residency page.



Watch the video below fromĀ True Colors Theatre Company

“The Start of Dreams”, produced by Jennifer Gordon Thompson and directed by The Horne Brothers, is the story of award-winning director Kenny Leon bringing aspiring teenage actors to a Broadway stage in his annual August Wilson Monologue competition. In a new age where Arts Education is considered expendable in a declining economy, Leon is determined to use his celebrity and influence to expose kids across the country to the wonderful world of theatre. Featuring A-list actors like Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Phylicia Rashad, “The Start of Dreams” is packed with Hollywood’s elite weighing in on this important art form and what it means to humanity.