Watch the videos from the 2017 National Competition, held on Monday, May 1.
The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition provides teachers across the country with a performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare. It is a school-based program serving Grades 9-12. Through the Competition, students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. The Competition has engaged more than 300,000 young people since its inception in 1983.
Through the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, students:
Students read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in three qualifying stages: at the school, community and national levels. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities participate each year.
The ESU National Shakespeare Competition has been recognized by the Globe Center (USA), the Children's Theatre Foundation of America and the American Academy of Achievement. Many distinguished judges have served on the Competition panels.
2018 Competition Date
|Desert (Palm Springs)||March 2|
|Los Angeles||March 4|
|San Diego||February 5|
|San Francisco||March 3|
|District of Columbia|
|Washington, D.C.||March 19|
|Central Florida||February 26|
|Fort Lauderdale||February 24|
|Palm Beach||February 4|
|New Orleans||March 4|
|Kansas City||February 25|
|St. Louis||February 3|
|Monmouth County||March 3|
|New York City||March 9|
|Niagara Frontier (Buffalo)||TBA|
|Colonial NC||February 24|
|Research Triangle||February 16|
|Oklahoma City||January 25|
|Central Pennsylvania||February 17|
|Rhode Island||February 25|
|Southwest Virginia||February 3|