Students from across the U.S. gathered at the August Wilson Theatre May 6 to participate in the 11th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, celebrating the work of the late Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.
Trajan Clayton was awarded first place, Katara Willis second place, and Abad Viquez third place. First place comes with a cash prize of $3,000, with second place receiving $2,000, and $1,000 for the third finalist. The winners are also eligible for college scholarship opportunities.
Hosted by Tony winner Kenny Leon, participants performed monologues from Wilson’s ten-play Century Cycle before a panel of celebrity judges, including Narda E. Alcorn (Production Stage Manager: Choir Boy), Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Marys Seacole), Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple, Orange is the New Black), Roslyn Ruff (Fairview) and Pauletta Washington (Beloved).
Flip through photos of the competition below:
Photos: Go Inside the 11th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition on Broadway
While in New York, students were mentored by theatre professionals in preparation for their final performances, attended a performance of The Prom, and worked with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon.