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Region VII Meeting

The English-Speaking Union
Region VII Annual Meeting

May 30 - June 1, 2014 at the

Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel
in New Orleans

All ESU members are invited!  Come meet old friends and make new ones.  Bring Branch members who have not attended conferences before who may be energized by the experience.  And, Branch officers will find it rewarding to learn of successful programs and membership-building practices in near-by Branches.

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2014 Shakespeare Competition Results

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First place winner John Harris

The 2014 ESU Austin Shakespeare Competition was held January 8th at Austin High School's Preas Theater. Contestants from 10 area high schools registered for the event. Due to illness one competitor could not attend, so nine students participated. The contestants ranged in age from 14 to 18 and every student turned in an excellent performance.

Our panel of distinguished judges included: Ann Ciccolella (Artistic Director of Austin Shakespeare), Professor James Loehlin (director of the University of Texas Shakespeare at Winedale program), and Dr William Campbell (former president of The University of the South, and long-time ESU Austin branch member).

The judges announced the following winners:

First place: John Harris, 18, Round Rock High School (monologue from The Merchant of Venice, Act III, Sc 1; Sonnet 130)

Second place: Evan Hays, 14, Dripping Springs High School (monologue from The Merchant of Venice, Act V, Sc 1, Sonnet 57)

Third place: Albert Martinez, 18, Crockett High School (monologue from The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, Sc 1, Sonnet 130)


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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: English Speaking Union Austin Branch 2014 Scholarship, "Teaching Shakespeare through Performance" at The Globe

Dear Educator,

In late March, the Austin branch of the English Speaking Union (ESU) will award its bi-annual scholarship to an area drama/Theater Arts/ or English literature teacher to attend a three-week course, "Teaching Shakespeare through Performance" at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. The program dates are July 13 – August 2, 2014.

The ESU Austin branch scholarship covers the cost of course fees, including tuition, room, and tickets for three Globe productions. In addition, the scholarship provides funds for economy airfare, airport transportation, most meals not covered by course fees and some additional miscellaneous expenses.


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