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.
** REGISTRATION deadline APPROACHING: Sign up by december 20, 2013 **
We invite all schools serving Grades 9-12 in New York City, Long Island and Westchester to participate in the 2014 Competition. The ESU New York Branch (community) Competition is scheduled for the following dates:
Registration (until December 20, 2013): To sign-up your school, please complete and return the 2014 NYC School Participation Form to email@example.com. Early submissions are encouraged. Note: If you need an extension on the deadline, please notify us.
School Competition (by February 3, 2014): All students must select, memorize and perform a monologue from the 2014 Monologues Packet (below). No other monologue selections will be considered for this year's competition. School competitions should be completed absolutely no later than February 3, 2014.
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 to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 3, 2014.
Branch Competition (starting February 11, 2014): Students are expected to present a sonnet (in addition to their monologue). Students can select any sonnet from Shakespeare's 154 sonnet cycle. Students can review the 2014 Sonnets Packet (below) for suggestions.
National Competition: The winner of the New York Branch Competition advances to the National Competition (April 27-29, 2014). Students perform at Lincoln Center on April 28, 2014. Read more about last year's National Competition.
Contact: Katharine Moran
Manager, Shakespeare Education Programs
212-818-1200 ext: 223
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