ESU St. Louis Branch

A Message from the St. Louis Board

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a non-profit, non-political educational organization founded in 1920, two years after an English-Speaking Union was launched in England.

Its mission initially was "to draw together in the bonds of comradeship the English-speaking peoples of the world."

The world has changed dramatically since then, but as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wrote recently, the English-Speaking Union has managed to adapt to these changes so that the ESU has made "the transition from a union of friendship among speakers of English into a dynamic body devoted to the promotion of the use of English as a medium of international communication."

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News And Events

The Birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II


The English-Speaking Union
St. Louis Branch

Cordially invites you to celebrate

The Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
at
an English Tea
with champagne, sandwiches and delicacies 

Sunday, June 11, 2017
beginning at four o'clock in the afternoon

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ST. LOUIS 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, Julia Hotaling  from St. Louis, MO, a student of Anita Hagerman at John Burroughs School in St. Louis, 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. Julia previously won the ESU St. Louis 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 Great War in the Music Halls

BRIAN ABEL RAGEN, PhD
Emeritus Professor, SIUE

The Great War in the Music Halls:
Rudyard Kipling, Edward Elgar, and The Fringes of the Fleet

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cocktails ~ 12:30   Lunch ~ 1:00  
$35 members  ~  $40 guests

RSVP by May 1  ~  314-803-8927

Brian Abel Ragen is Emeritus Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he taught for two decades. He is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California, and holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He was editor of the scholarly journal Papers on Language & Literature and is the author of books on Flannery O'Connor and Tom Wolfe, as well as articles on subjects that range from biblical allusions in Chaucer to the revision of traditional hymns in modern hymnals.

 

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William Shakespeare Wreath Laying Ceremony

William Shakespeare
Wreath Laying Ceremony

Commemorating the 453rd Anniversary of the birth of
William Shakespeare 

Sunday, April 23, 2017 
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (CDT) 

Tower Grove Park
at the Shakespeare Statue in Flag Circle
at Center Cross and Main Drives

Edward Martin, St. Louis Branch ESU VP, will say a few words about the English Speaking Union / St. Louis Branch. Julia Hotaling, St. Louis Shakespeare Competition winner, will perform a monologue by Margaret, from Henry VI part 3, and will recite Sonnet 130. Paula Heller, STL Branch Shakespeare Competition Coordinator, will introduce Julia. Light refreshments will follow at the Lily Pond Shelter. 

 

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“The Apparel Oft Proclaims the Man…and Woman”

DONNA NORTHCOTT, MA
Associate Professor, Theatre — Lindenwood University
St. Louis Branch 2016 BUSS Scholar

"The Apparel Oft Proclaims the Man…and Woman"

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cocktails ~ 12:30   Lunch ~ 1:00    
$35 members  ~  $40 guests

Donna Northcott holds a BA in Theatre from St. Louis University and an MA in Theatre from Northwestern University. She studied Shakespearean acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Summer Seminar at Oxford University, Meisner Technique at the Actors' Center in Chicago; interned in Artistic Administration at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and has taught Meisner Technique and Shakespeare acting workshops in Chicago and St. Louis. Prior to coming to Lindenwood University, Ms. Northcott was employed as the Live Theatre Manager at the St. Louis Science Center, where she created the Science Theatre Caravan touring program, and later sh served as the Youth Theatre Manager at the Jewish Community Center. She currently serves as an Artistic Advisor for the St. Louis Science Center.

 

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