News And Events

News And Events

2017 Annual Conference - Louisville, KY Oct 28-30

The English-Speaking Union welcomes all members for a weekend in Louisville, Kentucky October 28-30 for the 2017 Annual Conference. This year's conference will further develop and define English in Action as the banner under which the ESU employs English as a medium for peace and understanding in a shrinking, turbulent world. It will include presentations, speakers, social events, camaraderie and updates on our efforts nationwide to fulfill our programs supporting teachers, students and recent immigrants. The cost of the conference is $370 with an optional day of events for $100.

The venue for the conference will be the legendary Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. A centerpiece of Louisville since its construction in 1923, The Brown will provide an elegant and historic foreground to the weekend's proceedings.  Register here. 

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Experience Shakespeare Live in his Home Town this Holiday Season!

In this rich ESU Travel and Learn experience, explore the language and world of Shakespeare through four Royal Shakespeare Company theater performances, lectures with eminent scholars, and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and museum visits. You will also have time to explore Shakespeare's family homes, enjoy the shops and Christmas Market that make Stratford-upon-Avon a unique destination, and gain a new perspective on how Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today. It's an unforgettable week in Shakespeare's hometown tailored for ESU members, teachers and friends.

This is a unique opportunity for ESU members, Friends of ESU and teachers. The cost of this one-week ESU Travel and Learn Abroad program is very affordable for all that's included. If you are a teacher, the ESU will provide professional development contact hours (approx. 30-40 hours) and credit and will receive a certificate of attendance. Don't miss this exciting adventure in travel to England just before the holidays!

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                      Join Our Annual            ESU Queen’s Birthday Tea Party

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year—our annual Queen's Tea. Not only will we be celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday but we will also celebrate the Queen and Prince Phillip's 70th wedding anniversary this year. This will be an ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen!

Our ESU annual tea parties are very popular and have sold out for the last five years and we will have two seatings to accommodate all who want to attend.

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Don’t Miss Our Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting: October 9, 2017

Mark your calendar for the next meeting of the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club on Monday, October 9, 2017.

We will be reading Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. Join our group as we will be exploring the multi-faceted chai traditions of India and our dinner will be grilled tandoori chicken and coconut lime rice, and tasting chais. If you wish to bring an appropriate Indian side dish, please do! 

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome and encouraged to attend our quarterly Tea & Literature Club.

We will be reading Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. Join our group as we will be exploring the multi-faceted chai traditions of India and our dinner will be grilled tandoori chicken and coconut lime rice, and tasting chais. If you wish to bring an appropriate Indian side dish, please do!

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome and encouraged to attend our quarterly Tea & Literature Club.

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             Midwest Tea Festival           Returns for Two-Day Event

The Midwest Tea Festival returns to Kansas City for its third annual celebration of tea and tea culture featuring tea tasting, education and vendors September 9-10, 2017. This year, to accommodate the strong interest, the Midwest Tea Festival will be held on two days—Saturday and Sunday.

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are invited to attend this two-day Festival celebrating everything that tea culture has to offer. 

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The ESU and Shawnee Mission North Welcome Back Nathan Darrow to Kansas City!


Meet & Greet Nathan!

The English-Speaking Union of Kansas City invites Shakespeare Competition teachers and current or past competition students to lunch with Nathan Darrow.  A 1994 Shawnee Mission North graduate, Nathan Darrow, who lives in New York, has returned to Kansas City to play the title role, Hamlet, for the Heart of America's Shakespeare Festival's 25th annual summer production.

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        ESU Festival Group Night                    June 28, 2017

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's 25th season brings to Kansas City audiences what is considered by many scholars as Shakespeare's greatest play—Hamlet. Indeed, some scholars go further to proclaim Hamlet is the greatest play ever written by any playwright!

Nathan Darrow, a Kansas City native and Shawnee Mission North graduate, stars in the title role. Hamletis the story of a young prince torn between his dual roles of ruler and son, between introspective moral questioning and swift action.  It is also a story about the human spirit and the difficulties that can result when we experience internal conflict.

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Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: The Language of Drama (1-week course) August 21-25, 2017

Study Abroad.  Return Home Inspired!

Teachers, educators, lifelong learners:  Study in the UK and have an unforgettable educational  experience!

Our English in Action-TLab programs will transport you to the famed campuses of England and Scotland where you will attend real classes with top professors at the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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              Trevon Wainwright Wins                Third Place in 34th ESU        National Shakespeare Competition

Trevon Wainwright, a senior at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, won third place in the 34th Annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. Trevon impressed the judges and captivated the audience with his performance of King Henry from Henry V and his recitation of Sonnet 130.

The first place winner was Ogechi Egonu from San Francisco, CA. and second place was awarded to Brandon Burk from the ESU Kentucky Branch.

The Competition took place on May 1, 2017, on the Mitzi Newhouse Theater stage at Lincoln Center in New York City with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Trevon previously won the ESU Kansas City Branch competition.

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6th Annual British Gala Coming to KC!

Brits International, a Kansas City-based non-profit
organization, is hosting their 6th Annual British Gala KC. All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome to attend this one-day festival of all-things-British!

The ESU Kansas City Branch will have an information table at the British Gala so be sure to stop by and say hello to our ESU volunteers!  Bring your family and friends as there is something for all ages!

Date:  Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location:  Ararat Shrine Temple
                    5100 Ararat Drive
                    Kansas City, Mo.
                    Click here for map

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