August Wilson Youth Intensive

A FREE training program for high school students

About the Program
About the Competition
Program Dates
How to Apply

The August Wilson Youth Intensive is a FREE training program that prepares young artists to participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Over the course of five weeks, participants will explore the history of August Wilson and receive coaching from professional artists as they prepare for their performance or design presentation.


About the Competition

The August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) is a city-wide competition open to all Chicago high school students in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, August Wilson. To participate, students perform a 2-3 minute monologue or create a visual design presentation from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle.

The August Wilson Youth Intensive prepares students to participate in the competition as either a performer or designer. The top twenty finalists will compete at the Goodman Theatre on May 2nd, 2022 for a chance to win scholarships to some of the top universities in Chicago and other prizes!

Program Dates

The August Wilson Youth Intensive meets on Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Classes begin on February 12 and conclude on March 12.

The first two classes on February 12 and February 19 will take place over Zoom. If the Goodman, in consultation with the Chicago Department of Public Health, determines that it is safe to gather in-person, subsequent meetings will take place at The Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement (170 N Dearborn St).


COVID-19 Safety Protocols

In compliance with the City of Chicago vaccine requirements, all participants in Goodman Theatre's in-person education and engagement programs are required to provide proof of vaccinations for entry into the space.

To participate in in-person learning, participants in the August Wilson Youth Intensive will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine. Together with the proof of vaccination, all participants 16 years or older will also need to present a government-issued photo ID.

All policies are subject to change based on evolving guidance from the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the CDC. As this guidance is rapidly evolving, so may our protocols. Learn more at

How to Apply

To apply to the August Wilson Youth Intensive, fill out the application form at the link below. In addition to providing some basic information, applicants will be asked to answer the following question:

Why are you interested in participating in the August Wilson Monologue Competition?

The deadline to apply is Monday, January 31.