August Wilson Archive

August Wilson Archive

Past Events

Archives & Special Collections Exhibit Talk

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Close up of Lending Library Books

Join us to hear directly from a student curator and view their exhibit in the Gallery @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main (Oakland). Trinidy Manison is a high school junior at University Preparatory Milliones. Her exhibit explores the history of the Hill District interwoven with themes from August Wilson's King Hedley II.

Her creative work and research are based in materials from the University of Pittsburgh Library System's Archives and Special Collections especially materials from the August Wilson Archive.

Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main (Oakland),
South Wing Reading Room
4400 Forbes Ave Carnegie Lecture Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2023

Time: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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August Wilson Monologue Competition

Monday, April 17, 2023

August Wilson Headshot

The Bill Nunn Theatre Outreach Project presents the 2023 Pittsburgh Regional August Wilson New Voices (AWNV), a city-wide competition featuring Pittsburgh high school students in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, August Wilson. The competition will feature 15 students from West Mifflin High School, CAPA, Alumni Theater Company, UPREP, Winchester Thurston, Hope Academy, and Oakland Catholic performing a 2-3 minute monologue from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle. 

The top two students from the Pittsburgh Regional Finals receive a cash prize and are granted the opportunity to compete at the AWNV National competition with students from across the country. 

FREE ADMISSION. Reserve your spot today!

Location:   Pittsburgh Public Theater, O'Reilly Theatre
621 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Date: Monday, April 17, 2023

Time: 7 p.m.

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Teaching August Wilson: A Pedagogy of Self-Determination

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Join the Center for Urban Education, in partnership with the Pitt Library, for a virtual panel celebrating the life and work of August Wilson and the importance of teaching his writings. This panel launches a deeper collaborative relationship in which CUE will lead a series of workshops with educators about how to develop curriculum and pedagogy that center the August Wilson archive. In addition, the panel invites educators across contexts to a conversation about fostering creative and inventive teaching designs.

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.

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August Wilson Society's March 2023 Colloquium

March 2-4, 2023

August Wilson Society is thrilled to announce its March 2-4, 2023 Biennial Colloquium, Excavating New Landscapes for August Wilson Studies -- 3 days of informative, exciting events to underscore the profound relevance of the August Wilson Archive housed within the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS).

August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date: March 2-4, 2023

From the Hill to the Stage: Celebrating the August Wilson Archive
with the University of Pittsburgh Library System

February 24 – March 3, 2023

Guided Tours of The Writer’s Landscape

Date: Friday, February 24, 2023

Presented by: August Wilson Cultural Center

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Biography and Social Relations

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 

Presented by: August Wilson House

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From Archive to Creation

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 

Presented by: Center for Creativity

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The Six B’s that Influenced August Wilson

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Presented by: #ArtsInHD

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Encounters in the August Wilson Archive

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023

Presented by: August Wilson Society

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Archive Grand Opening Celebration

Date: Friday, March 3, 2023

Presented by: University Library System

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Photos from the Grand Opening Celebration

August Wilson with a theatre cast.
August Wilson with a theatre cast.
Jumole Davis (Host, Reporter, Producer, and Director) and Carl Kurlander (Screenwriter, TV writer/producer, and Documentary Filmmaker)
Constanza Romero (August Wilson's wife) and Kornelia Tancheva (Hillman University Librarian and Director of the University Library System)


The University of Pittsburgh Library System in partnership with August Wilson African American Cultural Center, August Wilson House, August Wilson Society, and University of Pittsburgh’s Department of English, Department of Theatre Arts, and the Center for Creativity.

On-Demand Videos

Recordings of selected events will be available shortly after the event.

Introduction to the August Wilson Archive

In this short video, Outreach and Engagement Curator Diael Thomas describes the contents of the August Wilson Archive held by the University of Pittsburgh Library System.

Theater Embraces the Archive

Eight theater professionals – Broadway and regional, directors and actors and others – enthuse over how the Archive can enhance artists and productions to come.

Biography and Social Relations

What the August Wilson Archive reveals about the playwright and/or the Hill District

Additional August Wilson Experiences

Seven Guitars written by August Wilson

Presented by Pitt Theatre Arts

Directed by: KJ Gilmer

Dates: February 17-26, 2023

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