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

St. Louis Shakespeare Competition

The St. Louis Branch ESU hosted our Annual Shakespeare Competition for high school students on Saturday morning, February 3, at Fontbonne University. Twelve area schools sent students to the competition. Each participant gave his/her interpretation of a Shakespearian monologue and sonnet, and all in attendance were awed by the performances. 


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Alex Moore ESU TLab Scholar

"Significant Impact of 
Theatre and Arts Education 
on Today's Youth"

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Deer Creek Club
Club entrance off Log Cabin Lane, north from Litzsinger

Cocktails 12:30  ~ Lunch 1:00    
$37 members  ~  $42 guests

Alex Moore is Theatre Arts Director at Mehlville Senior High School, in St. Louis, MO. He has worked the past four years, growing the program to a full-time position and running an active after school program that is student-focused. Alex is a professional director, stage manager and actor, previously working with STAGES St. Louis, NewLine Theatre and HotCity Theatre. He was the Associate Artistic Director for Chicago Fusion Theatre for 5 seasons, before returning to St. Louis. He serves on the State Board for The Missouri Thespians and was awarded the Judith Reuthwich Missouri Theatre Educator of the Year Award for 2018. He is a passionate advocate for Arts Education and Theatre in our schools. 

As St. Louis Branch TLab Scholar last year, Alex spent 3 weeks in July 2017 studying with 22 English and Theatre Teachers, at the Globe Theatre in London. He spent this time, learning from Globe masters of text, voice, movement and education, how to use innovative and creative methods to put Shakespeare into the hands of 21st Century learners. 


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Annual Shakespeare Competition



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British Beer in Four Glasses

Alasatir Pringle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Maryville University

Sunday, February 11, 2018
The Deer Creek Club
Club entrance off Long Cabin lane, north from Litzsinger

Cocktails ~ 12:30
Lunch ~ 1:00
$37 members ~ $42 guests

St. Louis Branch ESU member Alastair Pringle is from the North East of England and obtained a Ph.D. in mircobiology from the University of Bath. He has worked in the brewing industry for over 30 years, as Director of Brewing Research for Anheuser Busch Inc. and as a consultant to the craft brewing industry. Professor Pringle's current teaching responsibilities at Maryville University include biotechnology and applied microbiology. 


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Annual Holiday Luncheon


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The English-Speaking Union

St. Louis Branch

St. Louis Branch Landmark Photo

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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.

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