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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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2022 Annual Meeting and Scholar Presentation

On October 1, 2022, the English-Speaking Union Kentucky Branch held its Annual Meeting and Scholar Presentation at the Audubon Country Club in Louisville, KY.

As guests of member Jason Heine, the meeting was attended by Scholars, the Board of Directors, branch members, and guests.

The live presenters were Rayleigh Deaton, Kayla Daley, Katie Weible, and Beth Ewing.  Elayne Harrington presented remotely from her additional studies in Ireland.  Also, teacher Rebecca Hibbard from Corbin, KY combined efforts with Katie Weible since they studied together at the Globe Theatre.

The presentations were engaging and enjoyable for all in attendance.

We invite you to view these presentations and enjoy experiencing these summer scholarships.


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2023 ESU National Shakespeare Competition


Kentucky High School Students Vie for Chance to Compete in the 40th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City.

Across America, the branches of this over 100-year-old institution are sponsoring the 2023 English-Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition. The ESU Kentucky Branch will host their local competition on Saturday, February 25th, at Presentation Academy in Louisville, KY. We are anticipating a wonderful turnout since the state winner will compete in NYC. Each student will perform a Shakespearean monologue and recite a sonnet from a carefully curated selection.  Competitors will be judged on their understanding of the texts and on their ability to communicate that understanding to an audience.

Registration Is Easy!

Just follow these easy steps to offer this amazing opportunity to your high school students. Fill out school registration form available on the National ESU Website.

2023 ESU National Shakespeare Competition School Participation Form - The English-Speaking Union (


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 To mark the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, Episcopal congregations in Louisville in the Diocese of Kentucky will join together at Christ Church Cathedral to commemorate her life and service to the church.


The service will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, at the Cathedral located at 421 S. 2nd St.  In accordance with the plan put forth by the church of England for services commemorating Her Majesty, bells will be rung an hour before the service, and a Book of Condolences will be available for signing.


In her official capacity, Queen Elizabeth was the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which many American Episcopal churches belong.


Parking is available at the Louisville Surgery Center (444 S. 1st St.), which is directly behind the cathedral.  Additional parking is available on the street and in paid garages at the YMCA (555 S. 2nd St) and the Marriott (280 W. Jefferson St.).


All are welcome.


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In Memory of O. Grant Bruton

It is with the deepest sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of our beloved ESU KY Branch board member and dear friend O. Grant Bruton, Esq. Our full hearts and loving thoughts go out to his wife Sylvia, their family, and the many people Grant has touched over the years. The English-Speaking Union Kentucky Branch will be forever grateful for all Grant has done for us over his lifetime of service.

A Message from Karen Karpowich, Executive Director of the ESU:

"With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of O. Grant Bruton, Esq. an active, longtime ESU Member. He was the true embodiment of the ESU spirit and its mission to expand minds, strengthen friendships, and unlock opportunities for English language learners across the world.

Grant's involvement with the ESU stretches back to 1948; on an ESU scholarship, he attended Christ's Hospital School in the UK as the first-ever ESU Scholar from the ESU Kentucky Branch. After his exchange, he continued his involvement with the ESU; he served as Branch President twice, as the Chair of and Member of the Branch Scholarship Committee, and as an Executive Member of the Board of Directors for many years. 

Whilst enjoying a career as an appellate lawyer to the US Supreme Court and as a Special Justice on the Supreme Court of Kentucky, Grant still found time to study with and mentor other scholars and ESU Members. He enjoyed studying Shakespeare and history at Cambridge during his regular travels to England with his wife, Sylvia.

At the ESU Kentucky Branch's Queen's Tea Party held on June 5, 2022, Grant was recognized as the first-ever Kentucky Branch Scholar Champion. ESU Chairman Dr. E. Quinn Peeper attended the event and was able to present the award to Grant in person."


If you wish to give a gift in lieu of flowers, please write all checks to the following address:

ESU Kentucky Branch
Attn: Kate Nitzken
9907 Winged Foot Drive
Louisville, KY 40223


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