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2021 Philadelphia Branch Shakespeare Competition Winners


We are happy to announce the winners of this year's Shakespeare Competition. The following students will be awarded their scholarships at the Shakespeare Competition Virtual Reception on Sunday, March 7th starting at 5pm. Students must attend the reception in order to receive their checks. Students will be required to recite their winning monologue at the reception.
FIRST PLACE - $1,500 and a place at Nationals
SOFIA FOLGIA from Merion Mercy Academy

LUCY SHEA from Friends' Central School

QUILANA CASTRO CARDONA from Friends Select School
Please Register for the reception below:
The Zoom link will be emailed on Saturday.
Thank you to our Judges for their hard work deciding the winners and thank you to Andrew F. Webster for providing the scholarships. We are grateful for your support.
Sofia Folgia will continue on to the National Competition.  The following prizes will be awarded to the winners of the National Competition.

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The Philadelphia branch Shakespeare Competition 2021

The 38th Annual ESU National Shakespeare Competition: Philadelphia Branch will take place online due to COVID.

JUST ANNOUNCED: The top 3 winners of The Philadelphia Branch Shakespeare Competition will receive:

            1ST PLACE:   $1,500 and a spot at the National Competition.

            2nd PLACE:   $1,000

            3RD PLACE:  $500

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and other gifts via USPS.

The deadline to submit the School Participation Form is February 15th. 

The deadline to submit the School Winner Form is February 22nd.

The winners of the competition will be judged solely on their submitted recorded performances.

Our Philadelphia Branch Finalists will be announced on March 1st.

There will be a Zoom reception on March 7th starting at 4pm that is mandatory for the top 3 winners to attend to receive their scholarship awards. They will be required to perform their winning monologue.

The Philadelphia Branch Branch of the ESU remains steadfast in its commitment to the teachers and students of our community. Please contact Judith Francis at for more information. 


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The Philadelphia Branch
The English-Speaking Union

invites our members and friends to a Zoom Cock-tail (Mocktail) Party on Friday, June 19th at 5pm.


Submit a picture of you in your favorite Garden Party hat for a chance to win a certificate for Tea for Two at Sofitel (Tea is not currently being served, but the certificate is good for when they re-open).

To submit a photo, please email it to by June 12th. Your photo will appear in the next newsletter.

We are requesting a $25 donation to participate. Checks can be mailed to the ESU office at 1221 Locust Street, Box 502, Philadelphia, PA 19107, or follow this link to pay on-line.

Questions: or 215-545-3619

Join in at 5:30pm to sing GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.


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2019 Holiday Party

Click here to download invite

Click here to purchase tickets online. 


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Concert: The Queen's Six

St. Mark's Church
1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Time: 6:30pm Cost: $35/ticket

Performing in Philadelphia for one night only.

The Queen's Six were established in 2008, the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, from whom they take their name.

Based at Windsor Castle, all the members of The Queen's Six are also Lay Clerks of St George's Chapel, whose homes lie within the Castle walls.

To purchase tickets on-line click here OR mail a check to:

The English-Speaking Union
1221 Locust Street, Box 502
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Include name and email or phone #
Phone: 215-545-3619

For reserved seating in the first five rows and dinner with the Queen's Six at the Prime Rib following the concert, please contact Judith at or call 215-545-3619. Space is limited


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The English-Speaking Union

Philadelphia Branch

Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.