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Shakespeare Comes Alive at the 31st ESU National Shakespeare Competition

The 2014 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition was held on May 5th on the Vivian Beaumont stage Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.  Fifty-eight winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide participated.

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Reception and Dinner Honoring Retiring President & Executive Director Alice Boyne

Alice Boyne, who dedicated her career to the English-Speaking Union, retired at the end of February after 43 years of service, most recently as President & Executive Director.  A host of ESU Members, Branch Presidents, Board Members and professional associates gathered on May 5 to celebrate her tenure and leadership - specifically her visionary work to establish the ESU's major educational programs.

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Dr. E. Quinn Peeper Elected President and Laura J. Phelps Elected Vice-Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States

Dr. E. Quinn Peeper was elected President and Laura J. Phelps was elected Vice-Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) effectively immediately at a meeting of its Board of Directors on May 4.  Dr. Peeper, a long-time activist and supporter of the ESU, succeeds Alice Boyne, who recently stepped down as the organization's President and retired as its Executive Director after a 43-year career at the ESU.  Ms. Phelps, a strong activist and supporter of the ESU, succeeds Mark Stollar, who recently stepped down from that post.

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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 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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