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Fine Arts at Saint Francis University

Central PA Branch of the ESU welcomes
The Departments of Fine Arts and Literature and Languages at
Saint Francis University
Loretto PA
As sponsors for
the winning competitor's
NYC trip for the 2017 National
Shakespeare Competition

Fine Arts at Saint Francis University features minor concentrations the areas of fine arts, visual arts, music, and theatre. Small class sizes, individualized attention, and multiple performance opportunities, and unique arts-focused study abroad programs, not typically found in larger universities, provide students with ample opportunities to work with their hands, heads and hearts and to fully integrate artistic skills into whatever path they choose to follow.


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Governor Proclaims November William Shakespeare Month in Pennsylvania


ASC Hungry Hearts Tour

The American Shakespeare Center will be performing two plays in September. As part of the Hungry Hearts Tour, "The Two Gentleman of Verona" will be presented on Sunday, September 25 at 7 p.m. and "Our Town" will be presented on Monday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. Both performances will be held in the JFK Student Center Auditorium. To reserve seats for either night's performance, please register here.

Tickets to this event are free. However, seating is limited and RSVP is required for this event. After you register, you will receive an email with you ticket. Please bring your ticket with you to the door the night of the show. We will also have your name on a registration list at the door in case you misplace your ticket. CES approved event.


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Teaching Shakespeare Workshop

In conjunction with the Folger exhibition, the English Speaking Union (ESU) is offering the "Teaching Shakespeare Workshop 'First Folio' The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare", a workshop for teachers and pre-service teachers. Developed "by teachers for teachers", this workshop introduces dynamic tools to get Shakespeare's words into the heads, mouths, and hearts of students.  Act 48 credit will be available.

When:  Friday, November 11, 2016  
             Registration:  8:30 – 8:55 AM (Including forms for 
             Act 48 credit)
             Workshop:  9AM - 5PM

Where: Susquehanna Room
              Elizabethtown College
              One Alpha Drive
              Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298

To register, click here. Registration is now full. All subsequent registrations will be placed on a wait list and alerted if space becomes available.


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English Speaking Union’s Return to State College Welcomed at Foxdale Village

Hosted by Clovis and Marilyn Morrison, program directors at Foxdale Village, the English Speaking Union (ESU) Central Pennsylvania Branch returned from the Harrisburg area to State College, where it was founded in 1987.

An audience of 110 Foxdale residents and community members gathered for an evening of entertainment at 7:00 pm on Tuesday March 8, 2016. Karen Blair-Brand, Region III Chair, opened the event with a brief explanation of the English Speaking Union's programs. She announced the success of Branch's 26th annual Shakespeare competition, and detailed the upcoming bus trip to Shippensburg on April 7th for the ESU's Wrench Speaker event. Karen recognized the more than a dozen ESU Region III Founding members who were present for the occasion, and announced that plans for a "Founders' Hall of Fame" were being formed to honor them.


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The English-Speaking Union

Central Pennsylvania Branch

Welcome to the ESU

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.