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Local Student Graces Lincoln Center Stage for the 2014 ESU National Shakespeare Competition

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Regan Sims from New York City, a student of Casey McClellan at the Professional Perfoming Arts School in New York, placed as a semi-finalist in the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition was held on May 5th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Regan had previously won the ESU New York Branch regional competition.


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Evelyn Wrench Speaker comes to New York

Evelyn Wrench Speaker Adrian Tinniswood  

On Monday evening, March 31, 2014, Adrian Tinniswood OBE, a distinguished British  social historian, writer and lecturer, delivered the Evelyn Wrench lecture for the New York Branch. Before a capacity audience, including Branch members as well as representatives from the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, the Royal Oak Foundation and the St. George's Society, Tinniswood discussed his new book, The Rainborowes: Pirates, Puritans and a Family's Quest for the Promised Land. 


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Registration Now Open for 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensive

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We invite local middle and high school educators across the country to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday this year by participating in the 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensives:  Romeo and Juliet.  This partnership program with the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library allows teachers to learn the Folger's easily-adapted methods and receive materials designed to engage their students in the Bard's works.  Learn more about the program in New York City and register today


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Results of the 2014 Shakespeare Competition

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2014 finalists and judges at the Morgan Library & Museum.

Regan Sims, a student of Casey McClellan at Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, won the 2014 English-Speaking Union New York Branch Shakespeare.  Jordan Mayo of the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts placed 2nd in the competition, and Chiara Mannarino of the Marymount School of New York placed 3rd.  Congratulations to all the students who participated this year, and many thanks to their teachers and schools!


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Members and Educators Benefit from the ESU's Program Partnerships

The ESU's program partnerships with Shakespeare's Globe in London and the Folger Shakespeare Library provided ESU NY members and educators with unique, personal, on-stage experiences during the recent highly acclaimed production of Twelfth Night on Broadway.  The Globe hosts ESU British University Summer School participants each year in a teacher-training course designed exclusively for ESU scholarship grantees.  And the ESU and Folger Shakespeare Library co-produce the Shakespeare Set Free institutes for high school teachers across the country.


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