National August Wilson Monologue Competition

Meet the 2015 Regional Finalists

Boston Globe: Boston finalists gear up for August Wilson Monologue Competition

Carla Velasquez, first place

Maria Gonzalez, first runner up

Joshua Champagne, second runner up
First place: 
Carla Velasquez, Codman Academy Charter Public School
Ms. Velasquez performed as Vera from Seven Guitars.

First Runner-up:
Maria Gonzalez, Another Course to College
Ms. Gonzalez performed as Tonya from King Hedley II.

Second Runner-up:
Joshua Champagne, City on a Hill Charter Public School
Mr. Champagne performed as Levee from Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Learn more about the 2014 August Wilson Monologue Competition

The August Wilson Monologue Competition celebrates the writing of the the Pulizer 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.

The top winners from in-school competitions advance to the Boston Regional Finals in February, and the top three winners are awarded all-expense-paid trips to the National Finals in May at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre where they compete agains regional finalists from across the nation.

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, djglick@huntingtontheatre.bu.edu, 617 273 1548


Past August Wilson Monologue Competition Winners
 

2014:

  • Trinidad Ramkissoon, Boston Day & Evening Academy — Boston Regional Champion
  • Ashley Herbert, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers — First Runner-Up, *NATIONAL CHAMPION*
  • Dinia Clairveaux, Snowden International School — Second Runner-Up

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2013:

  • Antonio Stroud, Boston Day & Evening Academy — Boston Regional Champion
  • Iliana Mendez, Brighton High School — First Runner-Up
  • Derek Lindesay, Codman Academy Public Charter School — Second Runner-Up

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2012:

  • Tyrel Joseph, Codman Academy — Boston Regional Champion
  • Halima Ibrahim, Snowden International School at Copley — First Runner-Up
  • Reanna Johnson, Dorechester Academy — Second Runner-Up

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2011:

  • Mariah Watkins, Kennedy Academy for Health Careers — Boston Regional Champion
  • Tyler Jackson, Boston Adult Technical Academy — First Runner-Up
  • Nehemie Auguste, Fenway High School — Second Runner-Up

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.
 

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