The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition assists high school teachers across the country with their Shakespeare and language arts curriculum. Through the competition, students are encouraged to develop their communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature.
2015 ESU Los Angeles Branch Shakespeare Competition
We invite all schools serving Grades 9-12 in our area to participate in the 2015 Shakespeare Competition. In this program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages: school, community (ESU Branch) and national levels. Learn more about the Competition.
Program Registration (by 12/31/2014): Sign-up your school with the ESU Los Angeles Branch. To register, please complete the Los Angeles Branch School Participation Form. Note: You are not guaranteed participation in the program this year unless you sign-up your school.
School Competition (by 2/6/2015): Hold an in-school Shakespeare competition (where students each perform a monologue from Shakespeare's plays). Select one student to represent your school at the community (ESU Branch) competition. Note: Monologues can be no longer than twenty lines according to the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the plays (Simon & Schuster, 2003-2013). The Folger texts are available for free at www.folgerdigitaltexts.org.
Next Steps: Upon completion of your school competition, your school must complete and return the School Winner Entry Form and Photo Release Form with your school winner's information to the ESU Los Angeles Branch Shakespeare Coordinator (contact details at right).
Branch Competition (2/21/2015): The winner of your school competition presents one of Shakespeare's sonnets (in addition to their monologue) at this community event.
The ESU Los Angeles Branch (community) competitions are scheduled for:
250 South Rossmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Exact date and venue TBA
Additional Event Details: Lunch is provided and ESU Shakespeare Competition T- shirts are given to participating students and their sponsoring teachers.
National Competition (April 2015): The winner of the ESU Los Angeles Branch (community) Shakespeare Competition advances to the National Competition in New York City (tentatively scheduled for April 26-28, 2015). Read more about last year's National Competition.
Questions? Please contact the ESU Los Angeles Branch Shakespeare Coordinator (contact details at right).
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