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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 curricula. Through the competition, students are encouraged to develop their communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. 


2018 ESU Rochester Shakespeare Competition

Schools in the Rochester area serving grades 9-12 are invited to participate.

School Competition

Complete 2018 School Participation Form by January 22, 2018 to register your school

Notify the ESU Rochester of your School Winner by completing the School Winner Entry Form by February 1, 2018

  • All School Winners must complete and return the Photo Release Form by February 16, 2018

Branch Competition Finals

1:00pm, March 4, 2018 at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester (250 East River Rd., Rochester, NY 14623)

Sterling Dean Memorial Trophy
The Sterling Dean Memorial Trophy is awarded to the winner of the ESU Rochester National Shakespeare Competition.  Each winner has their name engraved on he trophy and is permitted to possess the trophy for the year.

National Competition

The ESU Rochester Branch Winner will advance to the National Competition on April 23, 2018 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, Lincoln Center, New York City


The English-Speaking Union

Rochester Branch

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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.

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