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40th Anniversary ESU National Shakespeare Competition Winners

Congratulations to the Kentucky Branch's own Sarai Aboagye, who was a top 10 finalist at the 40th Anniversary ESU National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 24, 2023. Sarai, a student of Claire LaNicca of Campbell County High School, was one of forty-one semi-finalists who came from all over the country, along with parents, branch coordinators, teachers and supporters for this exciting weekend-long event.


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Celebrating 100 years of The English-Speaking Union Kentucky Branch

The Kentucky Branch of the English-Speaking Union will proudly celebrate 100 years of education outreach and scholarship on June 4, 2023 from 2-5 pm at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Please make plans to join us as we celebrate the people, places and memories from our last century.  The event will include a complimentary tour of the Speed Art Museum, and a champagne toast to name a few highlights of the day.

Please see the invitation below for more details and be sure to register today to attend this momentous celebration.

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2023 State Shakespeare Competition

On Saturday, February 25, 2023 the Kentucky Branch of the ESU held the annual state Shakespeare Competition at Presentation Academy in Louisville, KY. 

 The 11 competitors began the day with an acting workshop presented by ESU-KY Shakespeare Coordinator and theatre director Georgette Kleier. 

The competition featured students from around the state. The judges were Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare,

Dr. John Gatton, Professor Emeritus of English, Bellarmine University, and Paula Lockhart, Associate Director, KY Governor's School for the Arts. 

The 2023 ESU-KY Shakespeare Competition winners were: 1st place – Sarai Aboagye from Campbell County high school; 2nd place – Atticus Haden from Youth Performing Arts School; 3rd place – Cara LaCoe from Mercy Academy. The first place winner will move on to compete in the national competition to be held in person in New York City in April.

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1st place winner Sarai Aboagye from Campbell County high school

2nd place winner Atticus Haden from Youth Performing Arts School

3rd place winner Cara LaCoe from Mercy Academy

Additional images of the days activities and all of our contestants performances, can be viewed in our photo gallery. Photo credit: Sarah Herron Photography


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Deck the Halls - 2022 Christmas Party

A wonderful time was had by the ESU Kentucky Branch members, Board of Directors and incoming scholars for 2023 at the 2022 Christmas Party.

Our "Deck the Halls" party was held at Big Spring Country Club on December 7, 2022.  After being welcomed by our President, Kate Nitzken, a performance of heavenly holiday music was shared by the Bellarmine University Schola Cantorum, directed by Dr. S. Timothy Glasscock.  Our latest class of scholars was presented by Dr. Ted Scharre.  They are: Cana Hibpshman, Teacher at Anderson County High School, The Globe; Ashley Albrinck, Student from Thomas More University, Oxford University; Abigail Stanger, Student from the University of Louisville, Oxford University.  An ornament exchange made the event festive and personal.

Thanks to all of the people who worked tirelessly to make this such a wonderful event. Photo credits: Sarah Herron Photography

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2022 Christmas ESU Kentucky Branch Christmas party

You are invited to Deck the Halls with us at our 2022 Christmas E-SU Kentucky Branch Christmas party!

PLEASE NOTE...SPACE IS LIMITED so seating will only be held with a PAID RSVP.

Register Here!

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