Submit your School Winner for the 2018 ESU National Shakespeare Competition!
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The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political educational organization whose mission is to celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and goodwill. We sponsor competitions and scholarships for students and educators; and we offer lectures, cultural programs, social events and travel opportunities for our members. The Denver Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a network of ESUs 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.
Explore the language and world of Shakespeare. Between theater (four shows at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company), lectures with eminent scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, and museum visits, you will have time to explore Shakespeare's family homes, enjoy the shops and Christmas Market that make Stratford-upon-Avon a unique destination, and gain a new perspective on how Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today.
Donna Altieri, Basil Carpenter, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and a bagpiper greet attendees
On Sunday, June 11 members gathered at the home of Basil Carpenter and Bruce Haefner to celebrate the 91st birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The day's moderate temperatures and light breezes were a welcome relief to the week's record-setting heat.
With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Preslee Krout from Aurora, CO, a student of Cynthia Poinsett at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, 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. Preslee previously won the ESU Denver 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.
Now entering its twelfth summer, Shakespeare at the Huntington is a two-week institute designed primarily for secondary teachers of English and Drama. The Institute focuses on teaching Shakespeare through performance. The course features an international faculty and takes advantage of one of the world's great libraries and research centers. Topics covered includes: scene study, verse and text work, voice, movement, classroom pedagogy, theatre history and criticism. Outside reading and a final evaluation are also required. Participants in the course will become members of a collaborative ensemble designing and developing English/Drama lessons and document based writing tasks that integrate literacy and drama content standards. Strategies to make the content accessible for all learners and to engage students will be addressed as outline in the accompanying material. Use of the collections at the Huntington Library, Getty and Norton Simon museums will be incorporated, as will attendance at live productions of Shakespeare's plays.
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.
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