ESU Houston Branch

Welcome to the Houston Branch of The English-Speaking Union

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. The Houston 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. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

News And Events

HOUSTON TEEN COMPETES IN 34th ANNUAL ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITON IN NEW YORK CITY

With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Canaan Bracey  from Houston, TX, a student of Matt Hune at The High School for the Performing & Visual Arts in Houston, 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. Canaan previously won the ESU Houston 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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Restructuring Philadelphia: New Approaches to America's Founding Process.

The Houston Branch of ESU will join the Houston Oxford Society on Wednesday, April 6 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Black Labrador at  4100 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006 - for a dinner and lecture. Dr. Nicholas Cole,   Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, will deliver this year's Pembroke lecture:  "Restructuring Philadelphia:  New Approaches to America's Founding Process."   Tickets (including the meal but exclusive of drinks) are priced at $33. Please RSVP by April 4.

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Winner of 2016 Houston Shakespeare Competition

The Houston Branch of the English-Speaking Union held its 29th Annual Shakespeare Competition at Duchesne Academy on Saturday morning, March 5, 2016. Claire will be sent to compete in New York City at the National ESU Competition in May. The winner of this year's contest was Claire Metusalem, a student at The High School for the Visual and Performing Arts (HSPVA). Claire demonstrated self-confidence, poise and whimsical caprice as she performed the role of Helena in a monologue from A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Her teacher is Cynthia Ogden, assisted by Matthew Hune.  At HSPVA "Educational theatre is a creative, democratic activity. Students learn the principles of democracy and civic responsibility through working in close harmony."

 

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Shakespeare Winner Featured Fort Bend Star

Clements High School theatre student wins Houston-area Shakespeare competition

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First Fall Meeting - September 27, 2012

Dr. Anthony Reso will present his talk, "The British Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588, Prelude to Imperial Expansion" at a dinner meeting to be held at the Briar Club (Timmons and Alabama). 6:30 reception with cash bar. 7:15 Dinner and Program. Dr. Reso will explain the vast consequences if the Spanish had landed in England.

 
 
 

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