CTG Opens Applications for 2013-14 August Wilson Monologue Competition and In-School Residency; Deadline 10/1
Student applications for the AWMC and applications from educators to participate in the in-school residency program are due on October 1, 2013. Applications for both programs are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/AugustWilson.
Center Theatre Group will be the Southern California host of the AWMC for the third year in a row. The national competition, presented by Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters, is now in its sixth year and also includes students from Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Boston, Portland, Seattle and Pittsburgh. The goal of the program is to introduce high school students to August Wilson's works and help the students to find their own creative voices.
Southern California students from all backgrounds and experience levels are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be in grades 10, 11 or 12 and reside in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside or San Bernardino Counties.
Pablo Lopez, 2013 Los Angeles Regional Finalist and winner of second place nationally said, "Do not cheat yourself of this opportunity because of fear or insecurities. Wilson wrote these characters about everyday people, so anyone can do it! As long as you have a heart that beats, you are fully capable of bringing a character to life."
Each student will select a monologue to perform from August Wilson's 10-play Century Cycle, an epic dramatization of the African-American experience in the 20th century. A compendium of available monologues for students to select from is located at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/AugustWilson.
The preliminary auditions will take place at Center Theatre Group on November 9, 2013. The semi-final competition will take place on January 18, 2014, at Servite High School in Anaheim as a part of the California Educational Theatre Association High School Theatre Festival. In the 2012-2013 AWMC, 84 Southern California students participated, with 31 schools and 29 different cities represented.
Twelve regional finalists will be chosen to participate in master classes at CTG and compete in the March 11, 2014, Los Angeles regional finals on the Mark Taper Forum stage. All regional finalists will receive a $250 CTG gift card as a part of their participation. The top three finalists will win cash prizes and a trip to New York City, where the top two students will compete in the national finals with the third student serving as alternate and participant in a performance montage. The national finals will take place on May 5, 2014, at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway.
The CTG August Wilson in-school residency program is a 15-week residency that offers an opportunity for students from four different schools to learn about Wilson, his work and inspirations, and to discover their own creative voices. Participating classroom teachers will have the unique opportunity to partner with CTG Teaching Artists to present a curriculum covering all 10 August Wilson plays. Students from participating residency classrooms will attend the AWMC regional finals at the Mark Taper Forum.
High school educators from all subject areas from Title 1 schools located within Los Angeles County are eligible to apply for the August Wilson In-School Residency Program. There is no cost to participate, however, each school is responsible for providing teacher release time for two team building meetings and transportation for students and chaperones to attend the AWMC regional finals on the evening of March 11.