Triad Stage Announces August Wilson Monologue Competition State Finals – North Carolina high school students compete in national monologue contest
(Greensboro, NC) — Triad Stage and North Carolina A&T State University announce the state finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition. The National August Wilson Monologue Competition is a free arts education program created to celebrate the work of the playwright August Wilson and inspire high school students to find and express themselves through theater. On Sat., Feb. 2, 2019 eight high school students from four high schools will participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition state finals at Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro. The state final competition will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 2, and is free and open to the public.
2018 August Wilson Monologue Competition finalists at Triad Stage.
This is the third year that Triad Stage and NC A&T have organized the competition in Greensboro. This year’s competition began with free workshops for high school students at libraries in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, taught by local artists Hilda Willis and Cassandra Williams. The workshops introduced students to August Wilson’s body of work and text, supported them in selecting monologues that resonated with them from his plays, and helped them hone those monologues for performance. Students competed in a preliminary competition on December 1, 2018. Finalists will attend two additional workshops in January to prepare them for the state finals on February 2.
The North Carolina Poetry Out Loud finals will be hosted by Miller Lucky, Jr. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the state finals, visit triadstage.org/learning/awmc.
The state winner of the August Wilson Monologue Competition will receive $500; the first runner-up will receive $250 and the second runner-up will receive $100. In addition, the state winner and first runner-up will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the national finals in New York City to perform their pieces on a Broadway stage and will also receive a complete collection of August Wilson’s plays.
ABOUT TRIAD STAGE
Triad Stage is a professional not-for-profit regional theater company in the midst of its 18th season. Triad Stage has grown into one of the largest arts organizations in the region; become a leader in the local and state arts communities; increased our national profile and played a critical role in the economic vitality of our downtown communities. Guided by our core values of Excellence, Inclusion, Artistic Risk, Collaboration, Imagination, Rejuvenation, Community, a Southern Voice, Learning and North Carolina, Triad Stage is producing five MainStage productions in Greensboro and their annual holiday production in Winston Salem during the 2018-2019 season.
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) is a public, land-grant university and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. The university’s history as one of only 18 historically black 1890 land-grant universities is reflected in its strengths in the STEM disciplines, particularly agriculture, animal science, engineering, and environmental science. A growing student enrollment reflects the demand for North Carolina A&T’s programs in those areas as well as in the arts and sciences, business and economics, education, nursing, and technology. Today, the university is a leader in teaching and research in bioengineering, health disparities and other interdisciplinary fields. In 2009, A&T co-founded the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering with cross-town partner UNC Greensboro.