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It was another amazingly successful year under President Cathy Fishbach and her team plus solid support from our membership and so many friends of ESU. 

Outgoing President Cathy Fishbach will continue as a Trustee of the ESU Scholarship Trust. Cathy has been an ESU member for nine years. She grew up on a cattle ranch, worked for McKinsey International Consultants, and worked in the philanthropy unit at British Petroleum. 


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All-City Shakespeare Festival is fundraising fun

Summer/Winter Shakespeare. ESU-Cleveland's goal is to sustain interest in performing Shakespeare throughout the year as a stimulating way to develop literacy. The summer Festival complements the winter Shakespeare Competition. Between those events there are workshops for students and teachers.

The Festival presented "Romeo & Juliet" as theater-in-the-round at Acacia Reservation. Actors performed in front of, within and behind the audience keeping the audience stimulated.


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Shakespeare Competition was lively

25 Schools and 17 Judges 

WINNERS Left to right:  Third Place, Samira Colbert, Shaker Heights High School.  Second Place, Katelyn Trumbull, Toledo School of the Arts. First Place, Maria Schreiner, Hawken School.
Maria Schreiner, Hawken School, was the first place winner among 25 schools in northern Ohio in the English In Action National Shakespeare Competition.  She advanced to compete among 55 students in the Finals at Lincoln Center in New York City. We are very proud of Maria!

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Digital Actors on Shakespeare’s Stage


"Digital actors" - people, animals, monsters - are common in Hollywood movies. Now they are on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In "The Tempest", human actors are on stage when a huge digital tidal wave crashes across stage, sinking a ship. It looks and sounds like the real thing. Then Ariel, a digital sprite, appears and manipulates the storyline while changing size and appearance from time to time.

Thus the traditional performance of Shakespeare is changing with technology - virtual reality, augmented reality, digital effects, 360 degree environments, 3-D, holography and interactivity.


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Members in video promote Shakespeare workshops in schools

Theater workshops at all levels of school are supplied by the Great Lakes Theater's Department of Educational Services. Four Shakespearean programs are offered in high schools.

Three of our Branch members were featured explaining the deep learning that the workshops provide.


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The English-Speaking Union

Cleveland Branch

Cleveland Branch Landmark Photo

Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.