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.
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.
Pittsburgh High School Students 9th through 12th grades
Please click here for online application
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.