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August Wilson Monologue Competition

Buffalo Public Schools, with the support of Superintendent Kriner Cash and The Buffalo Board of Education, is pleased to partner with Paul Robeson Theatre to offer our high school students the opportunity to participate in The National August Wilson Monologue Competition, 2020.


August Wilson was an American playwright. His literary legacy is a series of ten plays, The American Century Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the 20th century.


The National August Wilson Monologue Competition is a free arts education program, a celebration of the words of the playwright August Wilson, inspiring high school students to find and express themselves through theatre.  Todd Kreidler, one of the founders of the competition, shares “This monologue competition offers students of all races the opportunity to inhabit the lives and speak the words of these vital, lively characters.”


The National August Wilson Monologue Competition program expands each year. Participating cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Dallas, and Greensboro, North Carolina. Buffalo is now in the third year of participating in this prestigious event. In our second year of participation, a Buffalo Public Schools student came in 2nd place at the national competition on Broadway!


Students will be coached by teachers and have an opportunity  to participate in Regional and National competitions as they advance to each level. All 9-12 grade students are eligible to participate to win a free trip to New York City and the opportunity to perform their monologue on the August Wilson Stage on Broadway!!


There will be a coaching orientation held at Riverside High School in room 330 for teachers on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Additional details regarding the orientation will be sent to teachers via email once all names have been submitted to the ELA Department by High School Principals.


We look forward to working with your school community to bring this rich opportunity to students in the Buffalo School District community.