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ESU Branches to Send 40 Teacher-Scholars to the UK for Summer Study

 

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THE 2017 ASCOT BALL

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CHICAGO TEEN COMPETES IN 34th ANNUAL ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITON IN NEW YORK CITY

With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Ann Urbanski  from Wauwatosa, WI, a student of Wesley Schultz at Brookfield Academy in Wauwatosa, 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. Ann previously won the ESU Chicago 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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Ann Urbanski to Represent Chicago at the ESU National Shakespeare Competition

Feb 22, 2017,

A decidedly Springlike evening for Chicago this time of year,  seven finalists and their families and teachers attended the English-Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition at the Newberry Library.

Tensions were high as seven talented and poised high school students prepared to perform their winning monologue and sonnet before the finalist judges for the chance to travel to NYC at the National Competition. Shakespeare co-chairs Peter Garino and Jackie Thompson welcomed guests and judges. Courtney Pitt, ESU Branch President and Katie Samples exchanged gratitude for a mutually benefiting program in beautiful Ruggles Hall. Special speakers Tim Kazurinsky and Dep Consul General to Great Britain, Martin hHalley,  added star power and global comradery for Shakespeare's timeless works.

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ESU Shakespeare Finals Round

Come cheer our Branch Finalists in their quest for the chance to represent Chicago at the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in NYC!

Edmund, Helena, Hal, Othello, Hermia, Friar Laurence and Richard III – Shakespeare's characters come to life on

Wednesday, February 22nd  at The Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall  

6pm(sharp) Performances 7:15pm Awards and Reception


Finalists L-R Morgan Taylor (York High School), Aidra Crawley (Wheeling High School), Kateri Halbleib (ChiArts), Ben Johnson (Huntley High School), Alexander Kuznetsov (Hinsdale Central), Ann Urbanski (Brookfield Academy) and Claire David (New Trier).

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Cecil Beaton at Home

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Polo & Pimms

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         Heather Jane Johston, Reute Butler and Kimberly Gleeson

August 21, 2016
A fantastic afternoon for polo and & Pimm's Cup was spent at the Oak Brook Polo Fields. Co-Chaired by Heather Jane Johnston and Kimberly Gleeson and Honoring, Reute Butler.

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Free Shakespeare Workshop with Chicago Shakespeare Project

Shakespeare Alive! A Workshop for Teens

Open only to high school students; free, registration required
Saturday, October 22, 2016
11 am to 2 pm
The Newberry Library
Ruggles Hall
https://www.newberry.org/shakespeare-alive

Attention high school students! Come for an exciting, immersive three-hour workshop, and learn how to make Shakespeare come alive in your performances. Facilitated by actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, you will learn tools and techniques for unlocking emotion and meaning in Shakespeare's texts.

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Duchess of Norfolk Invitation

The English-Speaking Union, Chicago Branch
and
Her Majesty's Consul General Stephen Bridges
invite you to meet and hear

Georgina Susan Fitzalan-Howard
Duchess of Norfolk

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Reception - 11:30 a.m.
Illustrated Lecture - 12:00 noon
Followed by a seated lunch

The Casino
195 East Delaware Place, Chicago
Business Attire/ Coat & Tie
Parking available at 200 East Delaware Place 
and 221 East Chestnut Street


RSVP by Friday, September 2
online at ww.events.org/ArundelCastle or
by phone at 312-772-3782

ESU Members $75 per person
Non-Members $85 per person
Table of 8 for $700(includes choice of 2 bottles of champagne or white wine);
for membership information, please contact the ESU Headquarters at 212-818-1200 

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Wrench Speaker Robert Hulse on Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Robert Hulse, M.A., Director of London's Brunel Museum and will present a fascinating Victorian titan of industry and design, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and an interesting 20th-century American counterpart, Frank Lloyd Wright. His illustrated lecture is entitled, Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A Victorian Frank Lloyd Wright. Americans need little introduction to their favorite architect, but they may not know Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Englishman who changed the world. His first project, the oldest tunnel in the London subway, set forth the shape of our cities. His last project, the Great Eastern steamship, changed the pattern of world trade. Everything Brunel did, by land or by sea, he did with flare and showmanship worthy of Frank Lloyd Wright. Both worked beyond the parameters of established practice. Like Frank Lloyd Wright, Brunel was flamboyant as well as prolific. Like him, he was stylish, cutting a figure as a man of fashion, a collector and patron of the arts. In his lecture, Robert Hulse will introduce us to this extraordinary Englishman and discuss the remarkable similarities he shares with the 20th-century American architect, both of whom challenged the way we think about buildings and cities.

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