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News And Events


The cast is being assembled! The show needs you too!

Our biggest event of the year! Volunteers are needed for hospitality (including greeters, registration, helping with the catered buffet); room monitors to assist judges; tabulation committee; photography and publicity. A busy day but fun for everyone! 
Contact Sherri Routman, ESU's Competition Director:, or 216-440-0280
Right now students are competing for the honor of being the best Shakespearean performers in their schools. ESU volunteers are helping in the judging. The school winners will compete again at the Regional Competition at Westlake High School. That winner will step up to the National Competition in New York City, April 23
The national winner will receive a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Young Actors Summer School. The runner-up will receive a scholarship to the American Shakespeare Center Theatre in Virginia. The third place winner will receive $500.  

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Tell Us More Good News!

The Intown Club prides itself on knowing the people who are making positive achievements in Greater Cleveland. They were thrilled to meet ESU-Cleveland President Cathy Fishbach and Shakespearean specialist Ann Hasenohrl, who spoke about Cleveland's first All-City Shakespeare Festival. 
At the Club's facility at Playhouse Square, about 75 members watched ESU's upbeat slide show, which prompted a desire for even more information. 

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All-City Shakespeare Festival Draws Praise!


Thinking big, the organizers for the 2018 Shakespeare Competition kicked-off Competition with a grand party at The Cleveland Garden Center in July. Students from across Northeast Ohio rallied to produce Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The young Shakespeareans moved from garden to garden to change the scenes and the audience moved with them, thereby moving deeper into the dream. The finale took place in a huge tent that took-in a garden pond. The student performers were excellent! A standing ovation displayed the enthusiasm and appreciation of everyone.

The student performers were guided by professionals from The Great Lakes Theater, which is an awesome partner in ESU's Shakespeare Competition. The student-professional partnership elevated the expectations and abilities of students before they return to school.

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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Emily Schordock  from Westlake, OH, a student of Ann Hasenohrl at Westlake High School in Westlake, 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. Emily previously won the ESU Cleveland 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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Christine McBurney Shaker Heights High School BUSS Scholar, 2016

Actor, Audience, & Architecture: A Reflection on Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance at the Globe Theatre

"Oh, what an excellent thing this learning is!"
                                                                       ~Gremio, The Taming of the Shrew 1.2

"Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance" at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London was a 3-week immersion where 26 educators from across the country encountered Shakespeare's plays the way they were meant to be experienced: staged and seen, not read. Outside of the classroom, we saw Artistic Director Emma Rice's inaugural season: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, AND MACBETH on stage at The Globe, and THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK in the candlelit Wanamaker Playhouse, a reconstruction of a Jacobean theatre. We also had a little extra time to see plays in the West End, among them, Kenneth Branagh's ROMEO AND JULIET.

Inside the classroom, we became students, taking classes with master teachers, most of whom were collaborating on the summer's productions. We studied text, history, voice, singing, movement, costume, history, historical dance, and we rehearsed scenes from A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, taking ensemble classes to help us prepare for one performance on stage at The Globe, and one and one performance on stage at the Wanamaker.

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