Celebrate the
Life of Bill Nunn
The City of Pittsburgh Recognizes Bill Nunn Day
Friday, October 20th
The next Pittsburgh regional August Wilson Monologue Competition will be held on
Monday March 4, 2019 @ the August Wilson Center at 7pm .
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About the Bill Nunn Theatre Outreach Project

The mission of the Bill Nunn Theatre Outreach Project (BNTOP) is to create a platform for underserved public school students in the Pittsburgh region to gain access to theatre arts and work with seasoned professionals within the field.

  • Founded in 2008 by film and stage actor, Bill Nunn
  • Has served over 2,000 Pittsburgh youth from elementary to college level
  • Presents the annual Pittsburgh Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC)
  • Awards Pittsburgh AWMC finalists Point Park University scholarships of $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000

About the August Wilson Monologue Competition

The August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) is one of the core components of the Bill Nunn Theatre Outreach Project. In the competition, high school students perform monologues from August Wilson’s 10-play Century Cycle. Wilson’s Century Cycle is a singular achievement in American theater that chronicles the 20th Century African-American experience. At the plays’ core are these lyrical monologues that take the song, laughter, pain and rich content of African American life and place it in the mouths of the greatest ensemble of characters written since Shakespeare.

The August Wilson Monologue Competition is now held regionally in Pittsburgh, New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Greensboro, Dallas and Portland. In partnership with True Colors Theatre Company, headed by Tony award winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon, the Bill Nunn Theatre Outreach Project (BNTOP) prepares and coaches students from Pittsburgh High Schools for the regional competition. The top finalists from each city travel to New York City for the national competition at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. Point Park University awards both the Pittsburgh and national finalists scholarships of $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000.

Who’s Eligible?

Pittsburgh High School Students 9th through 12th grades

How to Apply

Please click here for online application

AWMC Workshops

Will be held on Saturdays at Point Park University (downtown Pittsburgh), February 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 10AM to noon.


AWMC Pittsburgh finalists will be awarded the following cash awards - 1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250; and 3rd place: $100.

Our Local and National Partners

  • Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
  • Point Park University
  • Alumni Theater Company
  • Jujamcyn Theaters

Foundations and Corporate Sponsors

Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments