The English-Speaking Union

The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition 2018-2019

ESU National Shakespeare Competition: Online

Introducing The NEW ESU National Shakespeare Competition: ONLINE


For 2019, the ESU is taking the competition where it's never been before!

The ESU has always been dedicated to reaching teachers and students of English everywhere. We've heard from teachers who wanted to compete but couldn't because they were in areas without a participating ESU Branch. We listened. For the 36th ESU National Shakespeare Competition we're using technology to reach every high school, every teacher, and every student across the United States!

This year the ESU has expanded the competition to include all students, nationwide, regardless of location. Using readily available technology like cell phone cameras, schools without a participating local branch of the ESU can join the fun and be eligible to compete in a live finals round via video streaming. Winners of the Online Finals will travel, all-expenses paid to New York City to compete in the national competition against all our branch competition winners.

Click here to complete the Online Participation Form!

Download the online FAQs:

Download the Student and Teacher Handbooks for the online competition:

Download sample memos to teachers and administrators: