News And Events

News And Events

Social Gathering March 2019

Our next social gathering will be Thursday, March 7th, 7:00 pm, to meet our new scholarship recipients, Dan Anderson and Emily Pool and to cheer on Nicci Guagliardo, who attended Oxford's Creative Writing Program last year, as she competes in Write Club, an open mic night competition at Syntax Physic Opera.  Syntax is a pub with great food, and it's located at 554 S. Broadway, about 2½ blocks south of Alameda. There is a $10 cover, and all proceeds go to a charity of the write club winner's choice!

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The Annual Holiday Tea and Award Presentation

TIME: 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM


Awards will be presented to the winning students in the Ninth Annual Dr. Howard F. Beckley Writing Competition. Guests will hear the honored students read their award winning entries aloud.

The teacher and the school of the First Place Winner will also be recognized.

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Annual Meeting and Brunch

11:00 am-11:30 am Social Time with a Cash Bar Available

11:30 pm - 12:30 pm Buffet Brunch Includes:
cheddar egg bake,mushroom/spinach egg bake, cinnamon french toast, potatoes o'brien, breakfast sausage, bacon, fruit salad, muffins, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm- Meeting and Program:
A review of the 2017-2018 Denver Branch Program Year with reports from the Branch President, Treasurer and Committee Chairs; recognition and thanks to outgoing Board Members; a presentation of the slate of Board Member and Officer candidates by the Nominating Committee; and the election of new Board Members and Officers.

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From Page to Stage at Shakespeare Birth Place Trust

Immerse yourself in the language and world of Shakespeare.  Through theatrical performances at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, lectures with eminent scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, and museum visits, you will explore Shakespeare's family homes, enjoy the sites and shops that make Stratford-upon-Avon a unique destination, and gain a new perspective on how the Bard's legacy continues to shape our lives today.

This travel-learning experience is perfect for anyone interested in cultural exploration, lifelong learning, or just having a unique English experience.  It's also an excellent opportunity for English, social studies, and theater teachers of all experience levels (including pre-service and retired), and others who are eager to engage in study with world-class scholars and educators in a historic setting.

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December 12 -17: Course in Stratford-upon-Avon with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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.  

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A Birthday Celebration Fit For The Queen

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.

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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.

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Shakespeare at the Huntington: “All the World’s A Stage – Shakespeare, Awareness and Performance”

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. 

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Denver ESU Shakespeare Competition Winner is New York Bound!

Cherokee Trail High School student Preslee Krout was the first place winner of the Denver Branch English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition on Sunday, January 29.  Preslee prevailed against stiff competition from students around the metro area at the annual event held at the University of Colorado Boulder's University Theatre.  Friends, family, teachers and ESU members gathered to watch as each competitor performed a Shakespearean monologue and sonnet of their choice.  The judging panel, comprised of CU Theatre and Dance Department professors and industry professionals, scored the students on their understanding of the selected texts and their ability to communicate that understanding to the audience. Denver Branch member, Pat Monroe, served as proctor for the judges as they compared contestants' scores and discussed performance notes.  Cassandra Baird of the Denver School of the Arts earned second place while Raymond French from Holy Family High School was awarded third place in the competition.

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Holiday Cheer and Shakespeare

Defending Shakespeare's relevance in today's society is a tall order but the winners of the Seventh Annual Howard F. Beckley High School Writing Competition did so with eloquence and style.  The Annual ESU Denver Branch Holiday Party, held December 3, was a time for members to gather, ring in the season and honor the young writers who secured the prizes for this year's competition by answering the question "Why is Shakespeare still relevant today?" The students, in attendance, read their entries aloud while members of the selection committee presented the remaining winning essays. 


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