ESU Greenwich Branch

A Message from the Greenwich Branch President

Welcome to the Greenwich Branch of the English-Speaking Union, which was established in 1983 and now has a membership of over 300 area residents. The Greenwich Branch supports the worldwide ESU goal of advancing the effective use of the English Language in an expanding global society. The members of the Branch support the international programme of "Books Across the Sea" by underwriting a selected series of books to be shipped to our affiliate in Belgrade, Serbia.


In March, The ESU, the Smith College Club and the Greenwich Library co-sponsor the annual Shakespeare contest for public and private students in grades 9th-12th. In April, the local winner participates in the national finals held at Lincoln Center in New York City. The national winner is awarded a summer course at The Globe in London.

In May, the Lillian Butler Davey Student Communications Awards, supported by Greenwich ESU, are held at Greenwich High School.

The John Douglas Public Speaking Award, in honour of Greenwich first president is presented to a senior at graduation. Over 200 students participate and the 25 winners receive awards in seven categories covering academic essay, journalism, public speaking, poetry, drama and video.


We offer scholarships to local High School teachers in English, Social Studies and Creative Writing to pursue summer courses for three to six weeks at Oxford University, the Globe Theatre and Edinburgh University.

The Walter Hines Page Scholarship supports a programme for ESU members here to host a British teacher who wishes to travel to the United States.


The Greenwich Branch has monthly events, except during July and August, with a variety of speakers at cocktail receptions and luncheons, with occasional out-of-town visits.

The annual Garden Party celebrating The Queen's Birthday is held in June with the British Consul-General the Guest of Honour. At this event winners of the local Shakespeare Competition perform and the recipients of the Teacher Scholarships are introduced.

All members have access to Dartmouth House in London, the Headquarters of the ESU Commonwealth. Accommodation is available at area hotels which offer reduced rates to members.

Natalie T. Pray

President of the Greenwich Branch

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News And Events


With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Malenky Welsh from Branford, CT, a student of Carolyn Ladd & Ingrid Schaeffer at ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, won a place as one of the 10 finalists 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 with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Malenky previously won the ESU Greenwich 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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Greenwich Branch President featured in New York Times' story on Prince Harry

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