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.
2015 ESU New York Shakespeare Competition
Orientation for Teachers/Schools (November 17, 2014): Workshop and orientation for interested and participating schools on Monday, November 17th from 4:00-6:00 PM at the English-Speaking Union in Manhattan (144 East 39th Street). New and returning educators welcome. Note: This is an optional event, but attendance is highly recommended. Register by November 14th.
Registration (until December 15, 2014): To sign-up your school, please complete the 2015 School Participation Form. Early submissions are encouraged. Note: If you need an extension on the deadline, please notify us.
School Competition (tentatively by February 9, 2015):
All students must select, memorize and perform a monologue from the 2015 Monologues Packet. No other monologue selections will be considered for this year's competition. School competitions should be completed absolutely no later than February 9, 2015.
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 9, 2015 (the latest).
Branch/Community Competition (February &March 2015): 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 2015 Sonnets Packet.
Preliminary rounds are tentatively scheduled for the afternoons of February 24-26, 2015 at the New York Public Library in Bryant Park. Finals take place the afternoon of March 10, 2015 at The Morgan Library & Museum (midtown Manhattan). 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 April 26-28, 2015). Read more about last year's National Competition.
Contact: Katharine Moran
Manager, Shakespeare Education Programs
212-818-1200 ext: 223
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