ESU Kentucky Branch

A Message from the Kentucky Branch President

The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU US) is a non-profit, non-political, educational service organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community.

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News And Events

Congratulations 2014 BUSS Scholars

The Kentucky Branch, English Speaking Union's Scholarship Committee is delighted to announce the 2014 Scholars who will attend the British University Summer School Program:

1)      Adam Farr from Bellarmine University to attend Oxford University's History, Politics and Society Program.

2)      Ryan Winstead from the University of Kentucky to attend Oxford University's English Literature Program.

3)      Ashley Daily from Alice Lloyd College to attend Oxford University's History Politics and Society Program.

4)      Megan Ward from the University of Louisville to attend the University of Cambridge's Shakespeare Program.

5)      Laura Taylor from Bracken County High School to attend The Globe Theatre Program.


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Presented by

The English Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch
and Kentucky Shakespeare

January 18, 2014, 9 am to 2 pm
Teacher Workshop
3000 Dundee Road
Louisville, KY

John Basil, American Globe Theatre, NYC


This practical workshop on teaching and acting Shakespeare will explore the First Folio method to unlock the clues in Shakespeare's text and approach the many challenges that students face when acting Shakespeare. This approach is believed to have been the original practice utilized by William Shakespeare and his company. Mr. Basil will show how the text of a Shakespeare play gives the director and actor important clues on the interpretation of Shakespeare's work.

John Basil is the Producing Artistic Director and founding member of the American Globe Theatre, where he has directed almost two dozen of Shakespeare's works. His dynamic and upbeat Playing Shakespeare Series continues to enlighten and inspire actors across the nation. He is currently an associate professor at Marymount Manhattan College. 

John Basil's book WILL POWER, How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Days(Applause Books) was published in 2006..

January 19, 2014, 12:00 noon
23rd Annual Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victor Jory Theatre

316 West Main St.  Louisville, KY 40202

Please submit the School Participation Form ASAP - Click Here

The competition will be held in two stages: the first will be all contestants, in random order, reciting their monologue and sonnet for a numerical score from a panel of 3 judges. After totaling the scores the highest scoring participants will recite their sonnets and monologues again for a new panel of judges and they will be given a monologue for a cold reading. After hearing the cold reading the judges will go to a separate room to choose the top three winners.

The winner will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition. The winner of the national competition will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to England to study Shakespeare.


The Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the plays (Simon & Schuster, 2003-2013) are now the new standard for monologue line counts. Find them online.

Fill out the School Winner Entry form, save and attach to an email - Click Here


or call Andy Perry  502-552-8608, email:


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