ESU Denver Branch

A Welcome from the Denver Branch President

Welcome to the home page of the Denver Branch of the English-Speaking Union!  Maybe you are here for the first time, visiting a web address given to you by a friend or colleague or following a link from another website.  Perhaps you are a member, returning to see what we have done in the recent past and what we are planning for the future.  Whatever brought you here, I am glad you arrived!

The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political educational organization whose mission is to celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and goodwill.  We sponsor competitions and scholarships for students and educators; and we offer lectures, cultural programs, social events and travel opportunities for our members. The Denver Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a network of ESUs in over 50 countries around the world. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

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News And Events

Evelyn Wrench Lecture: Andrew Lownie's Literary Edinburgh

Save the Date

Andrew Lownie's Literary Edinburgh
Monday, September 18, 4:30 PM
Denver Woman's Press Club, 1325 Logan Street

$20.00 per person (see registration details below)

Click here to Register


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ESU Denver Branch of the Shakespeare Competition for High School

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based education program in which high school students read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespeare's works.  Since 1983, the competition has helped more than 400,000 young Americans develop communication skills and an appreciation for language and literature.

Students interested in competing select one Shakespeare monologue and sonnet from the 2022 Monologue and Sonnet Packets on the ESU website. Teachers from each participating school will then hold a competition to select one student winner to perform this material at the Denver Branch competition on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the education center Denver Center for the Performing Arts from 11:30-1:00 p.m.  Teachers must hold their school competitions on or before January 27, 2023 and submit your winner by that day.  The Denver Branch winner will win an all-expense paid trip to travel to New York City to compete against other high school students around the country.

Prior to the competition, school winners will have the opportunity to attend a workshop with Sam Wood, who heads the Shakespeare education program at the DCPA.  This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at the DCPA Education Center.


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TLab Presentation Dinner

TLab Presentation Dinner

Wednesday, november 30

Hello ESU Members,

After a two-year hiatus,

We are thrilled to invite you to the TLab Presentation Dinner on Wednesday, November 30 at the University Club

Please see the attached invitation and get your reservation in  for this popular event!

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The Eleventh Annual Dr. Howard F. Beckley High School Writing Competition


The Eleventh Annual Dr. Howard F. Beckley    

High School Writing Competition

We are proud to announce the winners of the Dr. Howard F. Beckley Writing Competition
First Place: N. Rodriguez
Second Place: P. Pauda
Third Place: W. Moyer
Honorable Mention: C. Vinh
Honorable Mention: J. Pow


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TLab Scholar Jeannine Mortell


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The English-Speaking Union

Denver 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.