With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Brandon Burk from Louisville, KY, a student of Katie Blackerby at Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, won second place in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017, on stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Brandon previously won the ESU Kentucky Branch competition.
As the second place winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Brandon Burk from Kentucky Branch won a cash prize of $1,000 award provided by The English-Speaking Union. First place winner Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer, while third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, from the Kansas City Branch, received a $500 awarded provided by The Shakespeare Society.
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