ESU Monmouth County NJ Branch

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Welcome to the ESU on the Jersey Shore!

At the right of this letter, you will see that the Monmouth Branch of the ESU is taking advantage of its locale and its growing population on the Jersey Shore to produce one of its most ambitious cultural programs ever in 2015-2016.

With a focus on British cuisine at our English Pub Night at the Monmouth Cultural Center and our Traditional Christmas Dinner at the Rumson Country Club,  we will introduce many to delightful social venues. Our focus on Shakespeare will continue with the Annual Regional High School Shakespeare Competition, open to all in March and followed by our scholarship awards to its winners!

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News And Events

Annual Shakespeare Competition for High School Students

The entire assemblage of competitors

On March 5th, students from thirteen New Jersey high schools assembled on the stage at Brookdale Community College's elegant theater for a competition that challenged their intellects and acting skills, the 26th annual Shakespeare Competition for high school students sponsored by the Monmouth County Branch of the English-Speaking Union.  The winner will go on to a national competition at Lincoln Center in New York on April 26 - 28, where the top prize will include an all-expenses paid trip to study acting in England.


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Teaching Shakespeare Workshop Recap

On Tuesday, March 1, forty teachers from five New Jersey counties assembled at Two River Theater in Red Bank, for a full-day Teaching Shakespeare Workshop sponsored by the Washington, DC-based Folger Shakespeare Library.

The workshop was underwritten jointly by the Princeton and Monmouth County Branches of The English-Speaking Union, with generous support from Two River Theater's Kate Cordaro, Director of Education, and John Dias, Artistic Director.  It was one of many educational programs being offered in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.


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The King Under the Car Park

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February Lunch and Talk

Members and guests of the Monmouth County Branch of the ESU gathered on February 21st in the Fireside Room at the Nauvoo Grill Club for lunch and an informative talk by Dr. Jack Lynch of Rutgers, on the subject, "The Universe in Alphabetical Order: What Can We Learn From Dictionaries?"  On his blog, "You Could Look It Up," Jack Lynch describes himself as the "author of a pile of books, both scholarly and popular."  He is currently working on a biography of Shakespeare forger William Henry Ireland.

Pictured: Ralph Wyndrum, President, and Janet Smuga, Secretary of the Monmouth County Branch of the ESU, and speaker, Dr. Jack Lynch of Rutgers, Newark.


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Teaching Shakespeare Workshop

Thirty-five high school English and drama teachers from Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties will congregate at Two River Theater in Red Bank on March 1, 2016, for a full-day (9-5) workshop in teaching Shakespeare.

The "Teaching Shakespeare Workshop," a partnership between The English-Speaking Union and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, gives teachers the tools they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms. The workshop will be led by an expert from the Folger National Teacher Corps and will focus on the Folger Four (scholarship, performance, curriculum, and assessment).

Read more here and register here. 


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The English-Speaking Union

Monmouth County NJ Branch

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The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

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