The English-Speaking Union

The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

ESU National Shakespeare Competition: E-Branch (formerly National Shakespeare Competition: Online)


DEADLINE TO SUBMIT WINNER FORM EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 5, 2021!

WINNER FORM MUST INCLUDE LINK TO VIDEO OF WINNING STUDENT'S PERFORMANCE


NEW IN 2021: The ESU National Shakespeare Competition: Online is now The National Shakespeare Competition: E-Branch.

Due to the effects of COVID on schools and communities across the country, our national finals are being held online. Many of our branches are also taking their competitions digital. In order to avoid confusion we have renamed the Online platform. As the name suggests, the E-Branch is  an online platform for unaffiliated schools (those without a branch) to qualify for the national competition. Schools may participate via the E-Branch if:

- They have no local ESU branch

- Their local ESU branch does not compete

- Their local ESU branch is not competing this year, but will return next year

This platform is not an option for schools that have a local ESU branch that is participating in the competition. 

Please read on to learn more about how you can join the competition!


The ESU is taking the competition where it's never been before!

The ESU is dedicated to reaching teachers and students of English wherever they may be. We've heard from teachers who wanted to compete but couldn't because they were in areas without a participating ESU Branch. We listened. The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is now 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 E-Branch Finals will  compete in the national competition against all our branch competition winners.

Click here to complete the E-Branch Participation Form!

Download the E-Branch FAQs: