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National Shakespeare Competition

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The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition assists high school teachers across the country with their Shakespeare and language arts curricula. Through the competition, students are encouraged to develop their communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. 


2018 ESU Desert Shakespeare Competition

Schools in the Palm Springs Area serving grades 9-12 are invited to participate.

School Competition

Complete 2018 School Participation Form by November 1, 2017 to register your school

Notify the ESU Desert of your School Winner by completing the School Winner Entry Form by February 4, 2018

  • All School Winners must complete and return the Photo Release Form by February 4, 2018

Branch Competition Semi-Finals

12:00pm, March 2, 2018 at Shadow Hills High School, 39225 Jefferson St., Indio, CA

Branch Competition Finals

6:00pm, March 2, 2018 at the Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre, 69930 CA-111 #116, Rancho Mirage, CA

National Competition

The ESU Desert Branch Winner will advance to the National Competition in New York on April 23, 2018 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, Lincoln Center


The English-Speaking Union

Desert (Palm Springs) Branch

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Welcome to the ESU

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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