ESU Memphis Branch
Welcome to the Memphis Branch of The English-Speaking Union
We are a non-profit, non-political membership organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. We sponsor and organize educational and cultural programs for students and teachers as well as provide lectures, social events, and travel opportunities for our members. The Memphis Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a global network of ESUs promoting educational opportunities in over 50 countries around the world. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.
News And Events
MEMPHIS TEEN COMPETES IN 34th ANNUAL ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITON IN NEW YORK CITY
With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Lauren Ledger from Memphis, TN, a student of Jenny Madden at St. Mary's School in Memphis, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Lauren previously won the ESU Memphis Branch competition.
The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer. Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.
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The Memphis Branch of the English-Speaking Union participated on April 18, 2013, in the Great Conversations, sponsored by the University of Memphis College of Arts & Sciences. We could select from 15 topics, each led by a faculty member or a distinguished alumnus of the University. The meeting was held at the Memphis Botanic Garden. There was a hospitality reception so that the members and other attendees could meet and interact with the conversation leaders. Then, we enjoyed a delicious dinner and each table began the great conversation on the topic of choice by the members and other attendees at the table.
The subjects were varied giving our members an excellent choice of an impressive array of topics
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Do not miss the program on June 8th featuring Beatrice Chauvin, a principal speaker at the Delta Seminar, which will be both informative and interesting.
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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE for a teen from Arlington High School.
Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Matthew Nelson, winner of the 21st Annual Russel and Joy Wiener Shakespeare Competition, placed as a semi-finalist at the 30th season of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. Matthew, a student of John Maness & Sarah Lyn Archibald at Arlington High School in Arlington, TN, achieved the recognition at the competition held on April 22nd at Lincoln Center Theater in New York. The Memphis Branch congratulates Matthew and acknowledges with appreciation the efforts of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Dan McCleary, its director, Carla and Keith Loveless and Wilma Rutland for serving as judges and coordinators, respectively, of the Memphis Branch regional competition.
The next meeting of the Memphis Branch will be held on June 8th. The program will feature one of the principal speakers from this year's Delta Seminar. The multi-talented Beatrice Chauvin will present a program that will both inform and delight us. Notices will be mailed shortly.
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2013 Shakespeare Competition
The Memphis Branch of the English-Speaking Union held the 21st annual Russel and Joy Wiener Shakespeare Competition on March 5, 2013, at Lindenwood Christian Church. There were nine participants presenting a monologue from a play and recitation of a sonnet. The presentations were judged by three members of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company. First place went to Matthew Nelson from Arlington High School. He will receive a cash prize of $400 and a paid trip to New York to participate in the national competition. Second place went to Sally Clark from the Hutchison School. She will receive a cash prize of $100. Third place went to Shaterra Pryor from Overton High School. She will receive a cash prize of $50. The Memphis Branch appreciates the efforts of the chairpersons, Keith and Carla Loveless and Wilma Rutland, in organizing and conducting this successful competition.
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