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2017 ESU Chicago Branch Shakespeare Competition

We invite all schools serving Grades 9-12 in our area to participate in the 2017 Shakespeare Competition. In this program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages: school, community (ESU Branch) and national levels. Learn more about the Competition.

Program Registration (by 1/8/2016):  Sign-up your school with the ESU Chicago Branch.  To register, please complete the School Participation Form.  Note: You are not guaranteed participation in the program this year unless you sign-up your school.

School Competition (by 2/1/2017):  Hold an in-school Shakespeare competition (where students each perform a monologue from Shakespeare's plays). Select one student to represent your school at the community (ESU Branch) competition.  Note:  Monologues can be no longer than twenty lines according to the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the plays (Simon & Schuster, 2003-2013).  The Folger texts are available for free at www.folgerdigitaltexts.org.  

Next Steps:  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 to the ESU Chicago BranchShakespeare Coordinator (contact details at right).

Branch Competition (2/13/2017):  The winner of your school competition presents one of Shakespeare's sonnets (in addition to their monologue) at this community event.

The ESU Chicago Branch (community) competition is scheduled for 2/13/2017 at 9am-2pm here:

Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL, IL 60605


Finalists from the 13th will perform at The Newberry Library on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6pm. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.

National Competition (May 1, 2017):  The winner of the ESU Chicago Branch (community) Shakespeare Competition advances to the National Competition in New York City (scheduled for April 29 - May 2, 2017).  

Questions?  Please contact the ESU Chicago Branch Shakespeare Coordinator (contact details at right).