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Teenager from Indianapolis wins English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Scott Van Wye from Indianapolis, Indiana, a student of Richard Phillipy at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, won first prize at the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  The Competition was held on May 5th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Scott had previously won the ESU Indianapolis Branch regional competition.  His prize for placing first is a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Young Actors Summer School in London, England. 

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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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