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National Shakespeare Competition

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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. 


2017 ESU New York Shakespeare Competition

Registration (until January 15, 2017):  To sign-up your school, please complete the 2017 School Participation Form.  Early submissions are encouraged. Note:  If you need an extension on the deadline, please notify us. 
Schools serving Grades 9-12 in the New York City area (NYC, Long Island and Westchester) are invited to participate in the 2017 Competition.

School Competition (tentatively by February 8, 2017): All students must select, memorize and perform a monologue from the 2017 Monologues PacketNo other monologue selections will be considered for this year's competition.  School competitions should be completed absolutely no later than February 8, 2017. 

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 by February 8, 2017.

Branch/Community Competition (February & March 2017): The winner of your school competition must present a sonnet (in addition to their monologue). Students can select any sonnet from Shakespeare's 154 sonnet cycle. Suggestions can be found in the 2017 Sonnets Packet

National Competition:  The winner of the New York Branch Competition advances to the National Competition (May 2017).  


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