ESU Charlottesville Branch

Message from the President

Greetings!  Members and guests celebrated the conclusion of the 2018-2019 year in spectacular fashion with the AGM and Garden Party hosted by Maruchi Moreth and Erich Uhlmann at their charming Orange, VA home. The Hospitality Committee outdid itself once again- the array of food and libation was mouthwatering.

Our 2019-2020 schedule is taking shape, beginning with a dinner and speaker at Farmington Country Club  on Tuesday, October 8th.  Professor Andrew O'Shaughnessy will speak on his forthcoming book, The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson's Idea of a University.  Other plans include a musical program in November and a social event in January.  The Branch's Shakespeare Competition will be scheduled in February and the capstone AGM and Garden Party in June. Email invitations will be sent prior to these activites to all with working emails and copies mailed to those with no email.

This past year, we sponsored the 2019 branch Shakespeare Competition for area high school students at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse which was won by Bailey Ontiveros, a student at Warren County HS.  She competed against 50 Branch winners on April 29 at Lincoln Center in New York, in the 36th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  During the 2019-2020 year, the Branch looks to again sponsor a branch Shakespeare Competition and to support a TLAB-UK (Teachers Learning Abroad) scholar.

With enthusiasm, I look forward to your support and participation in the coming year.

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News And Events

A Program of English Organ Music with Roger Authers, Organist


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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Amber Ross  from Linden, VA, a student of Chris Whitney at Warren County High School in Front Royal, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Amber previously won the ESU Charlottesville Branch competition.

This winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing theSan Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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ESU Charlottesville 2016-2017 Program


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