August Wilson 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, led by LEAP’s skilled theater professionals, students explore Wilson’s 10-play Century Cycle, a dramatic chronicle of the 20th-Century African-American experience. With guidance, the students examine and explore important social issues and historical events that relate to who they are as individuals. 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 meet with Broadway actors, directors, writers and designers.

  • Students learn about the life and legacy of August Wilson and his Century Cycle.
  • Students choose one character to inhabit and select a monologue to perform at their own school-wide competition.
  • Winners from each school participate in LEAP’s New York City August Wilson Monologue Competition.
  • Finalists advance to the National August Wilson Monologue Competition at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre in (now home to Jersey Boys) to compete against students from 10 cities.

The National August Wilson Monologue Competition was created by Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler of True Colors Theatre Company, who collaborated with August Wilson on his work.

View August Wilson Press Coverage from 2012-2013.

“The residency enhanced the Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum through understanding African American life and literature analysis.”
     -LEAP participating classroom teacher

August Wilson Program