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         Join Our ESU Group to See                      The Tempest

Produced by Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Directed by Sidonie Garrett

The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union cordially invites all members and guests to a matinee performance of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. This is a script-in-hand performance and is produced by The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, directed by Sidonie Garrett.

When:  Sunday, March 26, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM

Where: Johnson County Community College
               Polsky Theatre in the Carlsen Center
               College Blvd. and Quivira Rd.
               Click here for map and free parking locations


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         Paseo Academy Senior Wins        First Place in 2017 Kansas City      Regional Shakespeare Competition                Next: New York City!

Trevon Wainwright, a senior at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts won First Place in the Regional Finals of the English-Speaking Union's, Shakespeare Competition in Kansas City, Mo. His sponsoring teacher was David Luby, Paseo Theatre Teacher. This was the 33rd anniversary of the Shakespeare Competition for the ESU Kansas City Branch.

Approximately 150 students participated in preliminary competitions in Kansas City area high schools as well as a competition for homeschool students sponsored by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. The ESU Kansas City Branch Competition was held on February 19, 2017, at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Kansas City, MO. 


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       Grace Goheen, First Place Winner of ESU Kansas City’s 2016 Shakespeare        Competition, Shines in 2017 in       Stanford Shakespeare Company

Grace Goheen won first-place in ESU's 2016 Shakespeare Competition, Kansas City Branch. Grace was a senior at Blue Valley High School in 2016. After graduation, she was accepted at Stanford University in California and is in her second semester of her freshman year. Because of her love of theatre and Shakespeare, Grace joined the Stanford Shakespeare Company, a student-run repertory theatre company renowned for creating entertaining and innovative Shakespeare productions. 


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          Remembering Andrew Romay                         1922 to 2017

The Board and staff of the English-Speaking Union, with sorrow and sincere gratitude, remember the life and work of our beloved benefactor Dr. Andrew Romay, who passed away early this morning, February 10, 2017. 

Andrew Romay's favorite project was the program that is named for him, the English-Speaking Union Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC), and he wanted it to be his legacy for many years to come. Please support ARNIC today to honor Andrew Romay's memory and his wishes, donate here. 


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      The English-Speaking Union is          Committed to Supporting Immigrants             from Around the World

For nearly a century, the English-Speaking Union has employed English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will through educational opportunities and cultural exchange programs.

In today's shrinking world dominated by dollars and digits, unprecedented migration and bloody national borders, the ESU remains committed to improving the lives of new immigrants to the United States.

Since 2013, nearly 1,000 recent immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers from 66 different countries have been welcomed as members of the English-Speaking Union Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center. The Center provides a welcoming environment, resources and information to help immigrants improve their English to explore work and study opportunities, network, pursue citizenship, and acquire cultural fluency in order to participate fully in American society.


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