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2018 National Shakespeare Competition

Monday, April 23
Lincoln Center, New York City

competition News 

Notre Dame News -- April 19, 2018

"When Tiana Mudzimurema joined the Robinson Shakespeare Company at the University of Notre Dame Robinson Community Learning Center in 2010, she knew very little about William Shakespeare or his work — she was just following in her older sister's footsteps." -- Read Full Story


New Orleans Advocate -- April 18, 2018

"Lusher High School Theater: Rohan Padmakumar, who studies theater with Beau Bratcher at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, will be competing in the English in Action National Shakespeare Competition in New York City on April 23." -- Read Full Story


Buffalo Seminary -- April 17, 2018

"Sarah Hamdan '18, student of Susan Drozd from Buffalo Seminary won first place at the Buffalo Branch National Shakespeare Competition on February 24, 2018. Senior Sarah Hamdan will travel to New York City along with 56 other contestants from around the country to participate in the English in Action National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City on April 23, 2018." -- Read Full Story


Best of New Orleans: Gambit -- April 16, 2018

"Rohan Padmakumar, a Lusher Charter School student, will travel to New York City on April 23 to participate in the English in Action National Shakespeare Competition" -- Read Full Story


Santa Monica Daily Press -- April 9, 2018

"Thumbs up to the Shakespeare Competition continuing in town for its 34th chapter last week. Held at Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium, the event featured 17 students from nine high schools reciting monologues." -- Read Full Story


Greenwich Time -- April 4, 2018

"If all the world's a stage, then Judy Durkin is one of its best players in the realm of Shakespeare performances. The Samohi senior recently beat out over 20,000 students to advance to the National Shakespeare Competition finals where she'll represent Santa Monica and Los Angeles County later this month in New York." -- Read Full Story


Greenwich Time -- March 28, 2018

"Against the dusty rose wall panels of Cole Auditorium stage, 17 students from nine high schools performed their best Shakespeare soliloquies Wednesday.

With no props, no costumes, and judges blinded to the students' ages and schools, raw emotion was thrust into the air — in the form of flying hands, archaic Shakespearean swooning, mournful pining and clever insults." -- Read Full Story


AH Herald, Monmouth County -- March 15, 2018

"Devlin Stark, student of  Mary King from Red Bank Catholic won first place at the National Shakespeare Competition Monmouth County Branch tournament. Devlin will travel to New York City along with more than 50 other contestants from around the country to participate in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center Theater in New York on April 23, 2018." -- Read Full Story


The Kansas City Star -- March 7, 2018

"Channeling The Bard: Harrisonville High School sophomore Michael Schuhler represented his school at the 34th annual Shakespeare Competition at the Kansas City Public Library." -- Read Full Story


Greenwich Sentinel -- March 7, 2018

"Twenty students, chosen through preliminary school competitions throughout Connecticut, will present a twenty line monologue and sonnet at the 34th Annual Shakespeare Competition." -- Read Full Story


ABC News 13, WHAM Rochester -- March 4, 2018

"All the world was a stage for some local students Sunday at the Rochester High School Shakespeare Competition. Many took on the complex monologues and sonnets from classics like "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in front of a panel of judges." -- Read Full Story


The SEM Weekly -- February 26, 2018

"Senior Sarah Hamden took the stage in SEM's chapel, winning the 2018 Niagara Frontier Shakespeare Competition, reciting Sonnet 23 and arguably the most famous Shakespeare monologue of all time, Hamlet's "To be, or not to be." -- Read Full Story


Mena FN -- February 14, 2018

"Students from thirteen high schools including a home school student are preparing in preliminary competitions at their schools. This annual event is designed to develop students' speaking and critical thinking skills as they explore the beauty of the language and the timeless themes in Shakespeare's works." -- Read Full Story


The Pilot -- February 13, 2018

"Celebrating one of the language's most prolific playwrights, contestants in the National Shakespeare Competition brought the drama to their interpretations of The Bard at The Village Chapel." -- Read Full Story


Greensboro News & Record -- February 4, 2018

"The English Speaking Union Greensboro Branch will sponsor its 28th Shakespeare Competition with area high school students." -- Read Full Story


The Licking News -- January 31, 2018

"Eight students from the drama class were brave enough to perform Shakespeare monologues in front of judges! Students chose a 20 line Shakespeare monologue, translated the Old English words, looked up how to say them, then memorized the Old English words." -- Read Full Story


The Tribune-Democrat -- January 28, 2018

"St. Francis University will host the English Speaking Union Central Pennsylvania Regional Shakespeare Competition." -- Read Full Story


Greenfield Daily Reporter -- January 17, 2018

"Attendance at the annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition is a step back more than 400 years ago to the Elizabethan era, a time of royalty, elegance, rich foods and, of course, Shakespeare and theater." -- Read Full Story


Times Virginian -- January 17, 2018

"Students from Rockbridge, Rockingham, Appomattox and Augusta County high schools will compete in the ESU Lexington Branch Annual Shakespeare Competition" -- Read Full Story


San Francisco Branch -- May 11, 2017

"It's hard to imagine Ogechi Egonu showing anything less than maximum enthusiasm, much less being rendered speechless." -- Read Full Story


San Francisco Branch -- May 9, 2017

"A graduating senior of the private San Domenico School in San Anselmo captured top honors at this year's English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City." -- Read Full Story


Kansas City Branch -- May 3, 2017

With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Trevon Wainwright from Kansas City, MO, a student of David Luby at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Kansas City, won third place in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. -- Read Full Story


 Newport Branch -- April 21, 2017

"For the second year in a row, high schooler Steven Rosario is repping RI at the National Shakespeare Competition in NYC." -- Read Full Story


Sandhills Branch -- February 28, 2017

"Memorizing 30 to 50 lines that bear little resemblance to modern speech was only the start of preparations for the six high school students who competed in Saturday's Shakespeare competition held by the [English-Speaking Union] Sandhills branch." -- Read Full Story


Delaware Branch -- February 7, 2017

"Cape Henlopen High School Theatre senior Hannah Lowe won first place in the Delaware state division of the [English-Speaking Union] National Shakespeare Competition January 28." -- Read Full Story


Lexington Branch -- January 30, 2017

"Donna Boyd is the winner of the English-Speaking Union Lexington Branch 2017 Shakespeare competition held January 21 at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton." -- Read Full Story


Newport Branch -- April 26, 2016

Shakespeare in South Providence: How one student broke out of his shell to become a rising star on Providence's youth stage. -- Read Full Story 


Cincinnati Branch -- June 8, 2016
Forest Hill Student Places in Shakespeare Competition at New York's Lincoln Center -- Read Full Story 


Princeton Branch

May 9, 2016 -- Rockaway student hones his Shakespeare skills -- Read Full Story

June 8, 2016 Rockaway's Connor Vasile competes in national Shakespeare competition in NYC -- Read Full Story


Tucson Branch -- May 9, 2016

Ironwood Ridge student named semifinalist in Shakespeare event -- Read Full Story

IRHS thespian impresses before graduation  -- Read Full Story


Naples Branch -- May 10, 2016

Fort Myers student named semi-finalist in Shakespeare contest -- Read Full Story