ESU Cleveland Branch



The English-Speaking Union of the United States was created to fulfill a mission.  It was formally organized in the United States in 1920 and arose from the conviction of its founder, Sir Evelyn Wrench and a group of like-minded American and British friends, that maintenance of the close personal and national ties forged during World War I was necessary for the preservation of peace. He imagined the ESU as an inclusive organization "founded in no narrow attitude of race pride, in no spirit of hostility to any people."  Its educational mission would be carried out by a host of activities allowing for personal contact between peoples at every level.

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News And Events


Reported by Julie Ketterer and Paul Rampe 

Shakespeare's first book was here! In the 1600s, Ben Johnson published his own greatest writings in a Folio. So Shakespeare's friends took up the challenge and published eighteen of Shakespeare's plays in the first of four Folios! The actual First Folio was on display during July in the Treasure Room of the Cleveland Public Library. 

The Great Lakes Theater's gallery at the library included Shakespearean costumes (wonderful!), larger-than-life photos from professional stage productions, art depicting some plays, and a collection of books available from the library. 


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What a teacher learns at the Globe theater will surprise you

Cleveland'sBUSS Scholar 2015 is Ms. Teresa Lee Jenkins (Fowler), Lake Ridge Academy, North Ridgeville. She has been a teacher for four decades. She shares her London adventure in this report.

"Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance" at Shakespeare's Globe theater in London provided many lessons. I learned by seeing plays as a groundling, studying with outstanding performers, and acting on the Globe stage!

But the most surprising lesson was to experience the overwhelming process through the eyes of a student.


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