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Alice Boyne, President & Executive Director, Announces Retirement

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(New York, January 13, 2014)  Josiah Bunting III, Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) announced the retirement of Alice Boyne, President and Executive Director, effective February 28, 2014 and the promotion of Deputy Director Christopher Broadwell to the position of Executive Director.

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ESU National Shakespeare Competition Winner on Broadway

Matt Harrington, winner of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in 1999, is currently performing in his Broadway stage debut in highly acclaimed productions of Twelfe Night or What You Will and  The Tragedie of King Richard the Third, staged by the the British Shakespeare's Globe company. 

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ESU Invites Educators to Exclusive Twelfth Night Workshop in New York City

A Collaboration with Shakespeare's Globe and the
Folger Shakespeare Library

January 19 - 20, 2014 , ESU teachers nationwide will have the opportunity to attend the Shakespeare's Globe production of Twelfe Night or What You Will on Broadway starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry and learn new ways to teach Twelfth Night during a workshop led by Colin Hurley, Globe Education Master Practitioner (currently appearing as Sir Toby on Broadway ) and Michael LoMonico, Senior Consultant on Folger National Education.

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Report on the ESU Annual Conference in Seattle

Report on the ESU Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, October 26 – 29, 2013
by Michael Kakos,
ESU Central Florida Branch President

First, a rather humorous start:  When we entered the well-appointed Washington Athletic Club (our home for the conference) we were greeted by a person who asked if we were attending a conference and whether the conference was for the NRA or the ESU.  In the same hotel?!

Throughout the conference, considerable time was devoted to discussions about the resurrected website for which the HQ and delegates are and (deserve to be) proud.  We were put to work in a number of workshops and breakout sessions, which enabled us to understand better the national organization structure and programs.  We discussed a wide range of activities like development, IRS reporting, Shakespeare initiatives, Hamlet Set Free, debating techniques, etc.

If one has any doubt about the direction of the ESU, it was dispelled at this conference.  The emphasis on education was notable.  The drive for membership was emphasized.  There are 69 Branches in the United States although a few are struggling and some near default.  But headquarters has taken the initiative to attempt to resurrect them…

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ESU National Speaker Program Launches its 2013-2014 Season

The fall season of the ESU Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program kicked off in October with Oliver Everett, CVO, Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, visiting Branches in the South. 

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