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 Packet. No other monologue selections will be considered for this year's competition. School competitions should be completed absolutely no later than February 8, 2017.
Branch/Community Competition (March 10, 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 (May 1, 2017): The winner of the ESU New York Branch (community) Shakespeare Competition advances to the National Competition in New York City (scheduled for April 29 - May 2, 2017).
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