National August Wilson Monologue Competition

Register your Semi-Finalist


Deadline to Register your School Winner as a Semi-Finalist: Friday, January 10, 2020
Workshop for Regional Semi-Finalists: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Boston Regional Semi-Finals: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Boston Regional Finals: Monday, January 27, 2020 (This will be an evening competition.)
2020 AWMC National Finals in New York City: May 2 - 5, 2020

Meet the 2019 Boston Regional Finalists

2019 Boston Regional Finalists

Anotidaishe Chikunya, first place

Sarah Purvis, first runner up

Osamede Izevbizua, second runner up
First place: 
Anotidaishe Chikunya of Dana Hall School took first place with her performance as Berneice from The Piano Lesson

First Runner-up: 
Sarah Purvis of Boston Collegiate Charter School was named first runner-up with her performance as Black Mary from Gem of the Ocean

Second Runner-up:
Osamede Izevbizua of John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science was named second runner-up with his performance as Toledo from Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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 as part of the national competition program.

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 Manager of Curriculum and Instruction, Regine Vital, at or 617 273 1549.


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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