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 5, 2014): Workshop and orientation for participating schools. New and returning educators welcome. Note: This is an optional event, but attendance is highly recommended.
Registration (until December 15, 2014): To sign-up your school, please complete the 2014 NYC 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 (below). 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 Competition (February & March 2015):
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 2015 Sonnets Packet (below) for suggestions.
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
The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.
To find out more about our programs click here.