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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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