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JUNE 29, Friday
6 to 10 pm
8 pm Performance

The gala All-City Shakespeare Festival will highlight a year of focusing on Shakespeare in schools across northeast Ohio. Programs included workshops for teachers and students and the areawide Shakespeare Competition.

The purpose of Shakespearean studies is to move literacy from the page onto the stage. Shakespeare is meant to be performed, bringing together art, culture and personal development.


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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

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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.