Giving Voice (2020)

Registration Closes Monday April 17

Description of Activity:

Join us for a zoom dinner/movie/discussion night on Tuesday April 18th at 6 PM.

Film:  Giving Voice

This film follows the annual August Wilson Monologue competition and the thousands of high schoolers who enter the competition for the opportunity to perform on Broadway.

This is our final festival film this season and you are encouraged to mark your calendar so you don’t miss it on April 18th, 2023.


Giving Voice is a 2020 American documentary film, directed and produced by James D. Stern and Fernando Villena. Executive produced by Viola Davis and John Legend.
Gifted writers can create dialog that sounds like the way people really talk. But only the rarest of writers can make those words into poetry. The late August Wilson, whose plays include one for each decade of the 20th century, created stories epic in scope, tragic in circumstance, and yet still somehow hopeful. The characters may not be able to get what they dream of. But there is a sense of triumph in the plays themselves, the fact that the stories are told with such profound respect and compassion.
After August Wilson died in 2005, his friends and former colleagues established a student competition in his memory, inviting young actors to inhabit his characters and speak their words by presenting monologues. It began at just one school, then expanded nationwide. The documentary “Giving Voice” follows the 2018 competitors as they talk about discovering their love for theatrical performance and work with coaches and teachers. And then we follow the finalists from across the country as they visit New York City for the finals, attending their first Broadway show, Once on This Island. They meet with a cast member, 19-year-old Hailey Kilgore, who was in the August Wilson Monologue Competition twice. (Roger Ebert)
As teachers, we have all seen former students display talent beyond their years and excel after graduation. How did that talent get discovered and where did that inspiration and mentorship come from to reach their dreams? Parents? Peers? Teachers? A film? A poem? A song? A book?
The discussion after the film will be a time to reflect on our impact as educators as well as to marvel at the success of our students. Story telling is encouraged!


As before, we will be using the Zoom platform for this event. Once you have registered through the Event Registration on the CRTA website or via email, Ron Jeffery will send you the link to the zoom meeting room along with instructions. If you do not receive the link by April 17th, please contact Ron directly.

Ron will briefly introduce this 1 hour and 30 minute film and will lead the discussion following the film. We expect it will be a thoughtful and stimulating evening. Our Zoom portal will open at 6 PM.

Registration begins April 5th

Registration closes April 17th



Please note that the film will begin at 6:15 after the introduction and members have logged on. All will be muted during the film and unmuted for our discussion. Late arrivals may not be admitted avoiding disruption during the movie. The film will end at approximately 7:45 P.M. (1 hr 30 min)
Discussion will begin approximately 7:55 P.M.



GIVING VOICE is a film available to watch on Netflix. If you have a subscription, you can watch an enhanced version on the platform on your own tv. You just have to search for the film on Netflix.

All other aspects will remain the same. Those who watch on Netflix will start at 6:15 and we will all get together to discuss the film shortly after it ends approximately 7:45 PM. Movie length is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

No one is left out! And of course….you can have dinner or popcorn during the film without disturbing anyone!!

Event planner: Ron Jeffery

Phone: 403-708-3605


Apr 18 2023


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm