ESU Greensboro Branch

A Message from the Greensboro Branch President

Dear Members and Friends:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Greensboro Branch of the English Speaking Union, I am pleased to welcome you to our website. We are a non-profit, non-political membership organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. We sponsor and organize educational and cultural programs for students and teachers as well as provide lectures, social events and travel opportunities for our members. Other benefits for branch members include membership privileges at ESU National Headquarters in New York City and at the ESU of the Commonwealth Headquarters in London. The Greensboro Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a global network of ESUs promoting educational opportunities in over 50 countries around the world.

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News And Events


With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Roxanne Cowett  from Greensboro, NC, a student of Lindsey Clinton-Kraak at Weaver Academy in Greensboro, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Roxanne previously won the ESU Greensboro Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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Region IV Regional Meeting

Region IV Regional Meeting
Raleigh, NC
March 24-26, 2017

Come join members from branches in Virginia and North Carolina, renew old and make new friendships, and learn about what other branches in our region are doing.

March is lovely in Raleigh. And we have some interesting and fun events planned for you. The details are included in the Schedule of Events and the Registration Formavailable through their respective links. I promise you an enjoyable and rewarding experience.


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Monday, February 13, 2017
At Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Haywood Duke Room, 607 North Greene Street, Greensboro NC

David Holley and UNCG students will present "The Telephone" opera composed by Gian Carlo Menotti. This one act opera is an English-language comic opera. The cost per person is $27.00 and includes dinner. If you wish to attend contact Kitty Robison at 336-273-0394.


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Shakespeare Competition

March 18, 2017

UNCG School of Education Building
1300 Spring Garden Street
Room 120 (first floor)

Additional Details:  Coffee, juice and donuts available at 9:15 a.m. before competition. 

Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. here:

Moran Commons Dining Room
Moran 109
1209 North Drive

Shakespeare Competition begins at 10:00 a.m.

In this program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform, and recite Shakespeare monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages: school, community (ESU Branch) and national levels. This national effort involves 15,000 students and over 1500 teachers who encourage their students to increase their self-confidence and develop critical skills as they come alive through Shakespeare's timeless works. Our winners get a chance to compete in New York City and then on to compete for the opportunity to study acting in England.


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“LEARN about the past, PREPARE for your future”

Dr. Omar H. Ali, Professor at UNCG will talk about Islam Identity and Resolution.

April 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
6:00 pm Social

6:30 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Program

Event Location: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
                              Haywood Duke Room
                              607 North Greene Street
                              Greensboro, NC


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The English-Speaking Union

Greensboro Branch

Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.