ESU New York City Branch

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The ESU of New York is one of 70 Branches located throughout the United States promoting educational opportunities and is part of a global network of ESUs in more than 50 countries around the world.  Explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

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Registration Now Open for 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensive

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We invite local middle and high school educators across the country to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday this year by participating in the 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensives:  Romeo and Juliet.  This partnership program with the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library allows teachers to learn the Folger's easily-adapted methods and receive materials designed to engage their students in the Bard's works.  Learn more about the program in New York City and register today


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Results of the 2014 Shakespeare Competition

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2014 finalists and judges at the Morgan Library & Museum.

Regan Sims, a student of Casey McClellan at Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, won the 2014 English-Speaking Union New York Branch Shakespeare.  Jordan Mayo of the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts placed 2nd in the competition, and Chiara Mannarino of the Marymount School of New York placed 3rd.  Congratulations to all the students who participated this year, and many thanks to their teachers and schools!


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ESU Evelyn Wrench Speaker Adrian Tinniswood OBE

ESU Evelyn Wrench Speaker
Adrian Tinniswood OBE

Monday, March 31, 6:00pm, ESU Garden Lounge

The Rainborowes: One Family's Quest to Build a New England: In the tumultuous decades between 1630 and 1660, a scrappy string of Massachusetts settlements quickly blossomed into a network of established colonies with their own distinctive social, economic and religious culture, while across the Atlantic England was brought to its knees by a bloody civil war that rent the fabric of English social, political and religious life. At the center of this turbulent time was one remarkable family: the Rainborowes.

Adrian Tinniswood OBE is a distinguished British social historian, writer and lecturer, whose passion for architecture and history began when he took up the task of researching and writing the history of Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire, a historic house owned by Britain's National Trust.  Mr. Tinniswood has written eleven books including, The Polite Tourist, His Invention So Fertile: The Life of Christopher Wren, By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London, The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War and Madness in 17th-Century England (shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction) and Pirates of Barbary.

BY MARCH 24, 2014

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Members and Educators Benefit from the ESU's Program Partnerships

The ESU's program partnerships with Shakespeare's Globe in London and the Folger Shakespeare Library provided ESU NY members and educators with unique, personal, on-stage experiences during the recent highly acclaimed production of Twelfth Night on Broadway.  The Globe hosts ESU British University Summer School participants each year in a teacher-training course designed exclusively for ESU scholarship grantees.  And the ESU and Folger Shakespeare Library co-produce the Shakespeare Set Free institutes for high school teachers across the country.


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Feb. 13th Competition Rescheduled

Event Update:  Due to bad weather, we are rescheduling the New York City Shakespeare Competition planned for tomorrow (Thursday, February 13th).  It will now be Thursday, February 27th from 3:00-6:00 PM at the New York Public Library.


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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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