Programs & Activities

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. 


2016 ESU New York Shakespeare Competition

Congratulations to Abel Garcia (our 2016 Branch Shakespeare Winner) for placing as a finalist in the National Competition at Lincoln Center!  Read more.

Results of the 2016 ESU New York Competition:  
  • 1st Place: Abel Garcia (Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts)
  • 2nd Place: Na'Shay Kelly (Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts)
  • 3rd Place: Esther Ritchin (White Plains High School)
  • Fiona Calberson (Townsend Harris High School at CUNY / Queens College)
  • Chassidy David (Talent Unlimited High School)
  • Alessandro Lopez (Williamsburg Preparatory High School)
  • John Nunez (Hillcrest High School)
  • Davion Osbourne (Chelsea Career & Technical Education High School)
  • Olivia Reis (Elisabeth Irwin High School / LREI)
  • Jelani Richards-Cantave (Cardinal Spellman High School)
  • Diana Vasilevski (Brooklyn Technical High School)
  • Dylan Weber (Long Island School for the Gifted)

Schools serving Grades 9-12 in the New York City area (NYC, Long Island and Westchester) are invited to participate in the 2016 Competition.

Registration (until December 18, 2015):  To sign-up your school, please complete the 2016 School Participation Form.  Early submissions are encouraged. Note:  If you need an extension on the deadline, please notify us. 

School Competition (tentatively by February 8, 2016): All students must select, memorize and perform a monologue from the 2016 Monologues PacketNo other monologue selections will be considered for this year's competition.  School competitions should be completed absolutely no later than February 8, 2016. 

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, 2016 (the latest).

Branch/Community Competition (February & March 2016): 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 2016 Sonnets Packet

Preliminary rounds are scheduled for the afternoons of February 22-25, 2016 at the New York Public Library in Bryant Park. Finals will take place on the afternoon of March 10, 2016 at the Morgan Library & Museum.  Note: At the finals, students also present a cold reading of a monologue (in addition to their other selections).

National Competition:  The winner of the New York Branch Competition advances to the National Competition (tentatively scheduled for May 1-3, 2016).  Read more about last year's National Competition.