August Wilson Monologue Program

LEAP’s highly regarded August Wilson Monologue Program introduces high school students to the life and work of renowned playwright August Wilson. In this year-long program (November-May), students explore Wilson’s 10-play Century Cycle—a dramatic chronicle of the 20th Century African-American experience—and examine important social issues and historical events. 

Led by LEAP’s skilled theater professionals, students strengthen their acting skills and performance techniques while entering the world of monologues from all of Wilson’s works. As part of the program, students attend a Broadway or Off Broadway performance and meet with Broadway actors, directors, writers, and designers. 
The August Wilson Program culminates in a school-wide competition, and winners from each school participate in LEAP’s New York City August Wilson Monologue Competition where they perform on a professional stage. New York City finalists advance to the National August Wilson Monologue Competition at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to compete against students from 10-12 other cities.
While participating in the August Wilson Program, students:
·- Learn about the life and legacy of August Wilson and his Century Cycle works
- Improve literacy, as well as written and oral creative expression
- Enhance team-building, collaboration, and cooperation skills
- Focus on growth for students of all learning types in academics as well as social and emotional intelligence