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News And Events

Scholarships Available to NYC DOE Teachers: Shakespeare Teacher Intensive (July 24 & 25, 2014)

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The English-Speaking Union is again offering scholarships to educators for its Shakespeare Teacher Intensive in New York City this summer.  The Karen Jeff Scholarship, named for the ESU's late Director of Education, is a competitive award open to New York City Board of Education middle and high school teachers.   To apply, please complete the application and return by June 23, 2014 to:  Katharine Moran, Manager of Shakespeare Education Programs, at kmoran@esuus.org.

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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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Please join us for a Public Debate by our Middle School Debate Leagues

Wednesday, May 21
4:30 - 6:00 PM
The Morgan Library & Museum
Gilder Lehrman Hall
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street

Debate topic: In the case of the United States government, transparency is more important than security. 

The ESU Middle School Debate Program was launched in 2010 with a Chairman's Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities.  It initiated our partnership with Claremont McKenna College's Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP), the premier program for debate for students ages 10 to 14, with more than ten years of experience in the field.

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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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ESU National Shakespeare Competition Winner on Broadway

ESU National Shakespeare Competition Winner on Broadway
By Alice Boyne, President & Executive Director

We in New York City have been blessed to have on Broadway this season two extraordinary Shakespeare's Globe productions, Twelfe Night, or What You Will and The Tragedie of King Richard the Third.  I was invited by our friend Neil Constable, CEO at Shakespeare's Globe in London, to attend the opening night, and I had the opportunity to see both productions back to back and really savor repertory theatre -- and to attend the party to wait for the reviews (raves as you'll see from the attached link) with the star-studded cast.

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An Evening with New Yorker Writer Adam Gopnik on the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination

(l to r) John Andrews and Adam Gopnik

ESU members joined with those from the Shakespeare Guild and National Arts Club for a memorable evening of stimulating conversation with New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik on November 22.  The topic of the conversation was primarily retrospection on the assassination of JFK, which occurred on that day 50 years prior, interwoven with comparisons to Lincoln's and other assassinations, and the influence of Shakespeare and his themes on both men.

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New York City Teachers Receive 2013 Karen Jeff Scholarships

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2013 Karen Jeff Scholars (from left to right): Sarah Bever, Kathy Cooley, Michelle Shapiro and Melissa Law.

Four New York City public school teachers were awarded Karen Jeff Scholarships to attend a two-day professional development program (Shakespeare Set Free) in New York City this summer.  

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