August Wilson Monologue Competition | Huntington Theatre Company


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 Interim Co-Director of Education Alexandra Smith at or 617 273 1549.

Meet the 2018 Boston Regional Finalists

2018 August Wilson Monologue Competition Boston Regional Finalists

First place: Bishop Edwards of Snowden International School at Copley took first place with his performance as Troy from Fences 

First Runner-up: Beyonce Martinez of Margarita Muniz Academy was named first runner-up with her performance as Vera from Seven Guitars

Second Runner-up: Antoinette Webster of Codman Academy Charter Public School was named second runner-up with her performance as Tonya from King Hedley II

First runner up Beyonce Martinez, winner Bishop Edwards, and second runner up Antoinette Weber

The August Wilson Monologue Competition top three finalists with the Huntington’s Education Department staff and teaching artists


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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