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    Chisom Chima Performs "Tonya" from King Hedley II

    Now in its 10th year, the national August Wilson Monologue Competition, founded by Kenny Leon, features high school students from around the country performing monologues by August Wilson aimed at introducing his visionary work to new generations and nurturing his legacy. Chisom Chima is a graduating senior at Nicholas Senn High School and placed second in the 2018 Chicago August Wilson Monologue Competition.

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    Kenny Leon: In Conversation with Phylicia Rashad

    Kenny Leon came from humble beginnings and didn't grow up with theater in his life. So, how did he become such a transformative figure in the field?

    Kenny Leon
    Tony Award–Winning Director
    Phylicia Rashad
    Actress & Director

    Beloved Broadway director Kenny Leon has brought some of the most important plays of our time to the stage, including originals like the Tupac musical Holler If You Hear Me and such revivals as A Raisin in the Sun and August Wilson’s Fences, which earned ten Tony nominations and three wins. He’s also responsible for creating a more inclusive space in theater, showcasing black stories and performers in a new and groundbreaking ways.

    He’s also worked in film, directed Hairspray and The Wiz live on TV, and is the author of the new memoir Take You Wherever You Go. Learn more about his journey from a dirt-road house without electricity to winning a Tony Award in this candid conversation and Q&A with his longtime collaborator Phylicia Rashad.