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ESU National Shakespeare Competition Winner on Broadway

ESU National Shakespeare Competition Winner on Broadway
By Alice Boyne, President & Executive Director

We in New York City have been blessed to have on Broadway this season two extraordinary Shakespeare's Globe productions, Twelfe Night, or What You Will and The Tragedie of King Richard the Third.  I was invited by our friend Neil Constable, CEO at Shakespeare's Globe in London, to attend the opening night, and I had the opportunity to see both productions back to back and really savor repertory theatre -- and to attend the party to wait for the reviews (raves as you'll see from the attached link) with the star-studded cast.


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An Evening with New Yorker Writer Adam Gopnik on the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination

(l to r) John Andrews and Adam Gopnik

ESU members joined with those from the Shakespeare Guild and National Arts Club for a memorable evening of stimulating conversation with New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik on November 22.  The topic of the conversation was primarily retrospection on the assassination of JFK, which occurred on that day 50 years prior, interwoven with comparisons to Lincoln's and other assassinations, and the influence of Shakespeare and his themes on both men.


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New York City Teachers Receive 2013 Karen Jeff Scholarships

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2013 Karen Jeff Scholars (from left to right): Sarah Bever, Kathy Cooley, Michelle Shapiro and Melissa Law.

Four New York City public school teachers were awarded Karen Jeff Scholarships to attend a two-day professional development program (Shakespeare Set Free) in New York City this summer.  


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We should welcome the end of the printed book.

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ESU President and Executive Director Alice Boyne welcomes the debaters

Celebrating the second year of the New York Debate League, sponsored by the ESU, two teams of middle school students debated the proposition: "We should welcome the end of the printed book" on June 15 at the Morgan Library & Museum.  The teams comprised three students from Hunter High College Community Schools in New York City and three students from the Hackley School in Tarrytown.


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New York City Student Wins National Shakespeare Competition

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Xavier Pacheco onstage at Lincoln Center Theater.

Xavier Pacheco from New York City wins the 30th annual ESU National Shakespeare Competition.

Xavier (a resident of Queens) is a student of Gabriel Silva at the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts (a pubic high school in the West Harlem 
 of Manhattan).


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