Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am eligible to participate?

Current high school students enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade living in the Portland and Vancouver areas are eligible to participate.

Are private and homeschooled students eligible to participate?
Yes. Public, private, charter and homeschooled students are all eligible to participate.

I am not available on one of the competition dates. Can I still apply?
We ask that you not apply if you are not available on all of the competition dates.

Is there a cost to participate?
No. There is no fee to participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition.

Is the competition only open to African-American students?
No. Students of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

Do I need to have acting experience to compete?
No. Students with all levels of prior experience are welcome to apply.

How do I choose a monologue?
There are ten wonderfully diverse plays in the August Wilson American Century Cycle compendium. Choose a couple that pique your interest and invest in reading the plays, so that you have a full understanding of the characters and the story. It is important for an actor to play to his or her strengths, so explore and find a monologue that really speaks to you, connects to your heart, and to your own experiences and/or imagination in some way. Then decide which one is for you, and have fun creating and portraying the character’s story. Support is available for those who need help choosing a monologue. Visit our page or use ours for more help!

I am not comfortable with all of the language in my selected monologue. May I make edits?
No. Monologues must be performed as written in the compendium. If you are uncomfortable with the language, please select a different monologue.

How long should my performance be?
Your monologue performance must be between 1 and 3 minutes.

What should I wear?
Dress comfortably but neatly so as not to distract the judges. The focus should be on your performance. We will discuss dress code for Regionals before you compete.

Are props and/or costumes allowed?
No. However, you may use one chair to sit on, but it should not be used as a prop.

Who judges the competition?
Performances will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals.

What happens after each round of the competition?
Following auditions, eight to twelve students will be selected to advance to Regional Finals and receive master classes in preparation. The top three students at Regional Finals will receive cash prizes, and the top two will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for a chance to compete at the National Finals.

If I am one of the top two (2) students at the Regional Finals, will my parent(s) be included on the trip?

No. World Stage Theatre will provide two staff chaperones. Parents/guardians, teachers, and other family and friends are welcome but will need to provide their own way.

Are there any additional costs once I get to New York?
No, but you may bring enough funds to purchase souvenirs.

Can my family/friends attend the competition?
We ask that your parents join for Orientation. Auditions and masterclasses are closed to the public. However, your family/friends may accompany you and wait in another room. Regional and National Finals are open to the public.

For more information or questions please contact Isaiah Sims, Program Coordinator at