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News And Events

ESU Players- Lady Windermere's Fan

ESU Players- The Man Who Came to Dinner.


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ESU Players- Relative Values


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Fall Member Welcome Back Reception

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To welcome its members from a summer hiatus, the New York Branch held a Fall Reception on September 24 at the ESU house. We welcomed Chessy Whelan and Matthew Willmore, USA Team Debaters from the ESU of the Commonwealth    (Dartmouth House), for a debate with local teams from   St. John's University and Adelphi University. In front of a packed house comprising ESU members, as well as middle school students and their parents, these eight debaters faced off on a very current topic:This House Believes the EU should impose a minimum quota of refugees to be accepted by member states.

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Message from the New York Branch

Dear Fellow New York Branch Members,

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Presummer Night's Reception

To honor the this year's ESU awards and scholarships recipients, as well as the Queen's Birthday, the ESU hosted a Pre-summer Night's Reception. Members mingled with, and were treated to performances and talks by, Branch winners of the National Shakespeare Competition, BUSS Fellowship recipients and the ESU New York Middle School Debate Champions from the Hackley School. 

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Registration Open: 2015 Shakespeare Teacher Workshops

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Registration now open to the Summer 2015 Teaching Shakespeare Workshops in New York City (July 23 & 24). Teaching Shakespeare Workshops, a partnership between the ESU and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library, give teachers nationwide the tools that they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms. These workshops are lead by experts from the Folger National Teacher Corps and focus on the Folger Four (scholarship, performance, curriculum and assessment). They are open to both current educators and pre-service teachers with all levels of experience. Find out more about these upcoming workshops. 

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NYC Teen a Finalist at the 2015 ESU National Shakespeare Competition

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Willington Vuelto, 2015 Competition Finalist, onstage at Lincoln Center.

With his performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Willington Vuelto of New York City, a student of Gabriel Silva at Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts, placed as one of 10 finalists at the 32nd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition was held on April 27th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 57 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Will had previously won the ESU New York Branch regional competition.

View photos of the 2015 National Competition. 

Watch videos of the 2015 Competition Finalists.

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Eighteen Minutes That Changed the World - The Sinking of the Lusitania

The English Speaking Union
cordially invites you to a talk by 

Diana Preston

Monday, May 4, 2015,
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City 
Talk begins promptly at 6:30 PM 

The Cunard liner Lusitania sailed from New York on May 1, 1915 to be sunk by a German submarine without warning six days later. This attack on civilians during the first year of the First World War provoked international condemnation. The heavy loss of life - including 120 of the 200 citizens of the still neutral United States on board - became a major factor in America's entry into the war in the spring of 1917. This is a story of personal tragedy on the scale of "Titanic" but also a geo-political tale with special resonance in the year we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the 'war to end all wars.'

For more information and for online registration click here. 

Click here for the mail-in registration form. 

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2015 British University Summer School Scholarships Awarded

Stephen Weber, Lorraine Prout and Grace "Sid" Ray

ESU New York awarded BUSS Scholarships for Summer 2015 to two talented New York City teachers. Stephen Weber, English Department Chair and teacher at Pace High School in Manhattan, hopes to use his full scholarship to attend Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance at Shakespeare's Globe in London. Lorraine Prout, from Archimedes Academy in the Bronx, received a partial scholarship and looks forward to studying Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.  

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