The mission of World Stage Theatre is to provide exploration, experience, and exposure to underserved youth interested in the performing arts while providing culturally relevant, live performances and arts education for the community.

Imagine. Explore. Create. Grow.

The mission of World Stage Theatre is to provide exploration, experience, and exposure to underserved youth interested in the performing arts while providing culturally relevant, live performances and arts education for the community.

The AWMC Journey 

Application Deadline:       November 30, 2019.

Orientation: Saturday, December 14, 2019. Students will come together to learn about the competition, have a workshop with Artistic Director Shalanda Sims, sign up for audition slots, and have the chance to connect to our teaching artists for potential coaching before auditions. Parents will have the opportunity to learn the structure of the program, ask questions, and meet the staff.

Auditions: Saturday, January 11, 2020. Students will not have to be available the entire day but will sign up for an hour-long slot. Students will perform their monologues in front of a panel of judges, who will select 20 participants to move on to callbacks the following day.

Callbacks: Sunday, January 12, 2020, 10:30am-1:30pm. Students that move on from the preliminary auditions will attend a “callback” workshop to work with director Shalanda Sims and other AWMC teaching artists for several hours. Out of these callbacks, 8-12 students will move on to receive Master Classes and compete in the Regional Finals.

Master Classes: January 25, and February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 2020 from 10am-1pm. In these six Master Classes, semi-finalists will receive training from professional actors and teaching artists to prepare them for the Regional Finals. Participants will be connected to scholarship, training, and educational opportunities, locally and nationally.

Regional Finals: March 9, 2020. Semi-Finalists compete, and 2 students will be selected as Portland’s Regional Finalists. The third-place winner will receive $100, the second-place winner will receive $250, and the first-place winner will receive $500. First and second place students will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York for a chance to compete at the National AWMC Finals on Broadway.

National Finals: May 4, 2020, in New York City at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. The first and second place regional winners from each city will compete at the National Finals. Students must be available for four full days of travel. World Stage Theatre will provide chaperones. Parents, guardians, teachers, and other family and friends are welcome but will need to pay their own way. Portland’s Regional Finalists, along with those from other cities, will see a Broadway production (or two!) and take in popular New York sites before competing. Students compete in front of a panel of celebrity judges. The night’s festivities also include performances by surprise theatrical and musical guests.

If you haven’t done so already register today!