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THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION CELEBRATES SHAKESPEARE’S 450th BIRTHDAY

The English-Speaking Union is kicking off an exciting series of programs in honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday this month.

The highlight of the ESU's Shakespeare celebration is the 31st English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, which will be held at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City on May 5.  In this year-long educational program, 16,000 high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets to develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature.  In three progressive competition levels, students present the Bard's works in their own schools, at ESU Branch sponsored community competitions and at the National Shakespeare Competition.  Since 1983, the program has given more than 250,000 young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to bring the timeless works of Shakespeare to life and learn to express his words with understanding, feeling and clarity.  The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition is open to the public.

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ESU Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center Celebrates First Anniversary

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Mr. Romay congratulates three graduates of the ESU Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center

The English-Speaking Union Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center celebrated its inaugural year with a graduation ceremony for its first graduates on April 1, 2014. The event was generously hosted by the Open Society Foundations at their offices in New York City.

The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC), named for the program's key instigator and supporter, is committed to improving the lives of recent immigrants by providing a welcoming environment, resources and information to help them improve their English, explore work and study opportunities, network, pursue citizenship, and acquire cultural fluency in order to participate fully in American society. Launched in January 2013, more than 200 new Americans have benefited from the ARNIC program.

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Secondary Teachers Invited to Participate in the 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensives: Romeo and Juliet

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Teachers get up on their feet to learn how to teach Shakespeare.

The English-Speaking Union invites middle and high school educators across the country to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday this year by participating in the 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensives:  Romeo and Juliet.  This partnership program with the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library allows teachers to learn the Folger's easily-adapted methods and receive materials designed to engage their students in the Bard's works.  

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Christopher Broadwell Appointed Executive Director

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Christopher Broadwell has been appointed Executive Director of The English-Speaking Union of the United States effective March 1, 2014.  Mr. Broadwell, who has served as Deputy Director for the past seven years, brings to his new post wide-ranging experience in administration, development, marketing, special events, public relations and promotion.

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Teachers Tackle Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at ESU Workshop

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Collaborating with Shakespeare's Globe and the Folger Shakespeare Library, the ESU drew 32 middle and high school teachers from across the country to see the acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe production of Twelfth Night, currently on Broadway starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry.  Following the Sunday evening performance, the teachers had a private "talk back" with cast members including Matt Harrington, winner of the 1999 ESU National Shakespeare Competition who is the only American in the cast. The participating teachers were invited from among alumnae of the ESU's Shakespeare Set Free Institutes and British University Summer School programs.

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