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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Rohan Padmakumar  from New Orleans, LA, a student of Beau Bratcher at Lusher Charter High School in New Orleans, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Rohan previously won the ESU New Orleans Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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National Shakespeare Competition - South Louisiana Auditions

March 5, 2017

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

McWilliams Hall at Tulane University

Attending Members and Guests Reception
following competition

(nearby location TBA at Auditions)


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New Orleans Branch Shakespeare Competition

If you couldn't join us - you missed a great Shakespeare Competition!   We had 8 contestants from all over southeast Louisiana compete, followed by a wonderful reception at Branch Patron, Katherine de Montluzin's beautiful home.  

Congratulations to our winner, senior, Rohan Padmakumar, from Lusher Charter High School here in New Orleans!  As our ESU Branch winner, he receives an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition on May 1st.  See more pictures here!


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New Orleans Branch Christmas Tea

ESUUS New Orleans Branch Christmas Tea 2016

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The English-Speaking Union

New Orleans Branch