National August Wilson Monologue Competition

The August Wilson Monologue Competition celebrates the writing of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright. Huntington staff and teaching artists work with high school students from selected Boston Public Schools to introduce Wilson and his Century Cycle, support script analysis and character development, and coach them as they prepare monologues for performance and competition.

August Wilson's Century Cycle is an achievement in American theatre. Each of the ten plays are set in a different decade of the twentieth century. At the core of each work are soaring, lyrical monologues that take the song, laughter, pain, and rich content of African American life and place it in the mouths of a great and varied ensemble of characters.

For more information, contact Donna Glick, Director of Education,, 617 273 1548

Victoria Omoregie

The Competition experience, as told by a student

2016 August Wilson Monologue Competition Massachusetts first runner-up, Victoria Omoregie, shares the joys and lessons she'll take away from her trip to New York for the Monologue Competition national finals.

"Going to New York for the August Wilson Monologue Competition was absolutely amazing! I had a great experience and made memories that I will treasure forever..." Read her full story.


Meet the 2017 Boston Regional Finalists

Laury Teneus, first place

Fanta Diakite, first runner up

Medgene Joseph, second runner up
First place: 
Laury Teneus of Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers took first place with her performance as Black Mary from Gem of the Ocean

First Runner-up:
Fanta Diakite of Snowden International School at Copley was named first runner-up with her performance as Rose from Fences.

Second Runner-up:
Medgene Joseph of Codman Academy Charter Public School was named second runner-up with her performance as Berniece from The Piano Lesson


Funded in part by BPS Arts Expansion, a multi-year effort focusing on access, equity and quality arts learning for BPS students. The BPS Arts Expansion Fund, managed by EdVestors, is generously supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, Connie and Lew Counts, Hunt Alternatives, Klarman Family Foundation, Linde Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rhonda S. Zinner Foundation. The Wallace Foundation supports the broader work of BPS Arts Expansion.

Additional funding for this program comes from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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