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2016 ESU National Shakespeare Competition

Contestants arrive at ESU Headquarters for orientation

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This year's Competition poster inside the ESU house

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Students get to know each other at registration

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Students attend a performance of the Tony winning musical Something Rotten! on Broadway

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Contestants at an acting workshop at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University

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Lincoln Center Theater hosted the 2016 National Competition

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Students warming up onstage

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Welcome by Christopher Broadwell (ESU Executive Director)

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Presentation by Gabriela Manuell Barrera (Runner-up of the ESU Mexico Shakespeare Competition)

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Finalist Tristan Whitney - Nashville Branch

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Finalist Madison Breske - Delaware Branch

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Finalist Jordan Ford - San Francisco Branch

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Finalist Rachel Hartner - Research Triangle (NC) Branch

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Finalist Jake Mulé - Desert (Palm Springs) Branch

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The semi-final judges deliberate. Judges included: Kelley Curran (Actor); Joy Jones (Actor & Teaching Artist); Alexandra López (Lincoln Center Theater): Geoffrey Owens (Actor & Director); and Prof. Sid Ray (Pace University)

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Students leaving the Juilliard School (where they enjoyed lunch)

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The group in front of the Metropolitan Opera House

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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NYPL Exhibition: Shakespeare's Star Turn in America

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Students get a tour of the Shakespeare exhibition

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Announcement of the 10 finalists 

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Runner-up Zoë Oliver - Greenwich Branch

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Finalist Devin Bean - Boston Branch

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3rd Place Cecilia Harchegani - San Diego Branch

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Finalist Abel Garcia - New York Branch

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Winner Ari Dalbert - Hawaii Branch

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Reading of the William Shakespeare Day Proclamation
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Presentation of certificates to the students by Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill MBE (ESU Chair)

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The finals judges deliberate. Judges included: Ralph Alan Cohen (American Shakespeare Center); Heidi Griffiths (The Public Theater); Dana Ivey (Actor); Peter Francis James (Actor); and Louis Scheeder (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University)

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Judge Dana Ivey announces the winners

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Finals judges onstage with the winners

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3rd place Cecilia Harchegani, Winner Ari Dalbert and Runner-up Zoë Oliver

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The 10 finalists onstage (l to r – Cecilia Harchegani, Madison Breske, Tristan Whitney, Abel Garcia, Ari Dalbert, Jake Mulé, Zoë Oliver, Rachel Hartner, Devin Bean and Jordan Ford)

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