News And Events

News And Events

Teacher Orientation/Workshop

Teacher Orientation and Workshop for the National Shakespeare Competition at the Brighton Memorial Library at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 29th. Open to public.  

Contact Roger Janezic at for details.

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29th Annual National Shakespeare Competition, Rochester Branch

The 29th Annual National Shakespeare Competition will take place on Saturday, February 23rd,, 2019, location TBD. Contact Roger Janezic at 

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Rochester Area High School Student wins 2nd place in the 35th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

Eli Owns, a senior and student of Regina Darling from Penfield High School, was awarded second place overall at the English-Speaking Union's National Shakespeare Competition held on April 23, 2018.  Click here to read the full press release.

Rochester Area High School Student to Compete at Lincoln Center in New York

Elias Owens, student of Regina Darling from Penfield High School, achieved first place at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition Rochester Branch tournament on 3/4/2018, with a masterful and hilarious rendition of Parolles' speech on virginity from All's Well that Ends Well and a skilled interpretation of Sonnet 29, "When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes…"

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2018 ESU Rochester Competition featured in Democrat and Chronicle

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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Claire Janezic  from Rochester, NY, a student of Mario Savastano at Wilson Magnet High School in Rochester, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Claire previously won the ESU Rochester Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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Welcome to the ESU Rochester Branch Website

We are a non-profit, non-political membership organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. We sponsor and organize educational and cultural programs for students and teachers as well as provide lectures, social events, and travel opportunities for our members. The Rochester Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a global network of ESUs promoting educational opportunities in over 50 countries around the world. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.


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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.

To find out more about our programs click here.