Celebrating our 40th Anniversary!
The 2023 ESU National Shakespeare Competition welcomes you to join us in New York City on April 24th.
NEW! Relive the excitement of the 2022 ESU National Shakespeare Competition!
Click here to experience the 2022 Yearbook
CHECK OUR DOCUMENTS AND FORMS SECTION FOR UPDATED HANDBOOKS AND PACKETS!
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2023 SCHOOL WINNER FORM!
NEW! Resource for Teachers! Free Competition Tool Kit. Includes Turnkey Strategies from Shakespeare's Globe! Tools to help you make your remote competition engaging and fun!
2023 NATIONAL FINALS COMPETITION DATES AND TIMES:
Deadline to hold branch competitions and submit Branch Winner Forms: March 5, 2023.
ESU National will send Branch Champions The 2022 ESU National Shakespeare Competition Winner Packets directly. They must be returned by March 10, 2023.
The competition finals are tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 24th, 2023. Location and times to be decided.
2023 Prizes are expected to be as follows (prizes are subject to change)
1st place: British American Drama Academy Mid-Summer Conservatory Program
2nd place: American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp
3rd place: $1000
The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based educational program serving grades 9-12. Since 1983, the competition has engaged more than 400,000 young people. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities participate each year.
The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is aligned with modern educational practices. Participating students:
The ESU National Shakespeare Competition has been recognized by the Globe Center (USA), the Children's Theatre Foundation of America and the American Academy of Achievement.
Please click on the appropriate link at left for our handbooks and learn more about the ESU National Shakespeare Competition.
No branch? We can help!
The ESU is using technology to reach every high school, every teacher, and every student across the United States!
The ESU National Shakespeare competition is now open to all students, nationwide, regardless of location. Using readily available technology like cell phone cameras, schools without a participating local branch of the ESU can join the fun and be eligible to compete in a live finals round via video streaming. Winners of the E-Branch Finals will compete in the national competition against all our branch competition winners.