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2022 ESU NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION: TUCSON BRANCH
The Tucson Branch invites you and your students to join us for the 2022 ESU National Shakespeare Competition held on: Saturday, February 5th, 2022 on the campus of the University of Arizona.
2022 ESU National Shakespeare Competition School Participation Form - The English-Speaking Union
2022 Monologue List
2022 Sonnet List
2022 School Winner Entry Form (coming soon)
Registration Invoice attached here
Please email your high school's commitment of participation in the 39th Annual ESU Shakespeare Competition to Alicia Fodor: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Please send your registration fee to the address on the invoice provided. Important tasks and dates to remember:
15-Dec-2021: All schools must have completed the ESU online Participation Form, and emailed your school's competition date to Alicia Fodor at
email@example.com REMINDER: A member or Members of the ESU Tucson Branch must attend your competition as guests. Please send the venue and time to Alicia Fodor.
28-Jan-2022: Deadline for area schools to hold in-house competitions.
Please complete and submit the ESU School Winner Entry Form online. Send school winner/s' names, and monologue/s to Alicia Fodor at
Please use this format in upper right-hand corner:
A Midsummer Night's Dream 3.2.314-320, 322-333
Helena Page 7 ESU Monologue list
The winner of your school competition must select one of Shakespeare's sonnets from the 2022 Sonnet List
31-Jan-2022: FINAL date for winners' name, monologue, and sonnet submitted to Alicia Fodor at firstname.lastname@example.org Your school will not be allowed to participate if you do not provide this information by this time.
DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH 2021 10:00am ~ 2:00pm: ESU National Shakespeare Competition, Tucson Branch @ University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film, and Television.
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Tucson Branch 2021 Shakespeare Competition
Congratulations to all of our competitions for a successful 2021 Shakespeare competition. We ran an all virtual competition with 18 students from across Southern Arizona.
Our Judges were esteemed Professors from the University of Arizona:
- David Modern, Associate Professor of Voice and Movement, School of Theatre, Film and Television
- Frederick Kiefer, Professor of English/Elizabethen and Jacobean Drama
- Harold Dixon, retired Artistic Director of Theatre Arts/Actor and Director)
- Patty Gallagher, Professor of Theatre Arts/University of California Santa Clara.
While Zoom was not our favorite tool the students participated excitedly while staying positive and offering encouragement to one another.
Congratulations to Kaya Lewis of Empire High School for winning 1st Place with Mercutio/Romeo and Juliet. Her teacher is Richard Gremel.
For more information about all of our contestants and videos of their performances, please click 'Read Full Story'
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Congratulations to Matthew Glasshoff
Congratulations to Matthew Glasshoff, who placed 1st in the Tucson Branch Shakespeare Competition held at the University of Arizona Tornabene Theatre. Matthew is a student of Heidi Barker at Marana HS in Marana AZ. Matthew took on the character of Aaron from Titus Andronicus with an evil glee showing that one can relate unspeakable horrors while still having fun performing as both character and actor.
2nd Place: Kaya Lewis is a student of Richard Gremel at Empire HS in Vail AZ. Kaya related Launce's confusion about her dog's hard-heartedness with energy and physical grace; she made us laugh with/at her along the way.
3rd Place: Spencer Boren is a student of Carrie Duerk from Buena HS in Sierra Vista, AZ. Spencer's Edmund spoke with intensity and passion about the unfairness of life, ending by spitting his curse upon the world with a chilling determination.
The Extraordinary Honorable Mentions (in alpha order):
Justin Cheung Desert Christian HS, teachers Cathy Simon and Alycia Fodor
Kasen Giordano Marana HS, teacher Heidi Barker
Aslan Hicks Tucson HS, teacher Julian Martinez
Alana Kiley, Mountain View HS, teacher Shannon Kerstetter
Kira McNeill The GregorySchool, teacher Lisa Bodden
Anya Moseke Tucson HS, teacher Julian Martinez
Jackson Sparrow Catalina Foothills HS, teacher Amy Byroad
Eunice Ineza and Kira McNeil, Students of Lisa Boden
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2020 ESU NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION: TUCSON BRANCH
The Tucson Branch invites you and your students to join us for the 2020 ESU National Shakespeare Competition February 29.
SCHOOL PARTICIPATION FORM
SCHOOL WINNER FORM
2020 MONOLOGUE PACKET
2020 SONNET PACKET
Please email your high school's commitment of participation in the 37th Annual ESU Competition to Jerry Helm ESUShakespeareTucson@gmail.com as soon as possible. We will provide information about a participation fee and an invoice.
Important tasks and dates to remember:
26-Oct-2019, 8:30am - 1:00pm: Shakespeare Teacher Workshop @ Drama Addition Bldg. Room 266 & 239, University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television. Registration has closed, but do let us know if you are interested. We may have room.
15-Dec-2019: All schools must have completed the ESU online Participation Form, and emailed your school's competition date to Jerry Helm, email@example.com. REMINDER: A member or Members of the ESU Tucson Branch must attend your competition as guests. Please send the venue and time to Jerry Helm.
19-Feb-2020: Deadline for area schools to hold in-house competitions. Please complete and submit the ESU School Winner Entry Form online. Send school winner/s' names, and monologue/s to Kerry Demers and Jerry Helm, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please use this format in upper right-hand corner:
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Helena Page 7
ESU Monologue list 3.2.314-320, 322-333
The winner of your school competition must select one of Shakespeare's sonnets from the 2020 Sonnet Packet. View Rules and Eligibility.
20-Feb-2020: FINAL date for winners' name, monologue, and sonnet submitted to Kerry Demers and Jerry Helm, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Your school will not be allowed to participate if you do not provide this information at this time.
29-Feb-2020, 9:00am ~ 2:00pm: ESU National Shakespeare Competition, Tucson Branch @ University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Contestants must be pre-registered. All welcome to attend for free.
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The 2019 Annual Shakespeare Competition held at the University of Arizona campus at the School of Theatre, Film & Television’s Marroney Theatre
First place winner senior Alec Errhalt from Buena HS in Sierra Vista, teacher Carrie Duerk; 2nd Place winner Victor Londoño from Salpointe Catholic HS, teacher Shelly Eutizi; and 3rd place winner Leilla Rouhani from Marana HS., teacher Heidi Baker. These students exemplify all one could hope from a program that wants to promote the teaching of Shakespeare in the schools.
First of all, Alec Errhalt's deep-voiced Shylock filled the theatre; we forgot that before us stood a 17 year old boy who could become one of the most powerful characters in literature.
Second, Freshman Victor Londoño from Salpointe Catholic HS owned the stage as a hilarious energy-filled Bottom from Midsummer Night's Dream. He seemed to use the entire stage running about just as we might imagine Bottom would do. When he recalled his night with the Queen of the Fairies he gave a perfect whistle of awe and joy. He had as much fun during his performance as after in his open surprise and joy that he was the runner-up.
Third, Leila Rouhani from Marana HS made the bold choice of playing the Bastardly Edmund from King Lear. She clearly demonstrated that a woman can easily become a character that exists outside the normal framework of society and its 'legitimate' understanding of the natural order of the universe.
This year every student was extraordinary. It was a true celebration of students and teachers--and a place of high contradictionwhere talented Drama students, taught to do a close reading of Shakespeare, and with the support of their Master Drama Teachers, engaged the audience with amazing performances. But, it was also a place where a young freshman English student--one, who had never read Shakespeare before, never considered acting in a drama, encouraged by his English teacher, did the work, reveled in the language, and awakened as from a dream a winner!
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