13 January-2 May: The English Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

1 December: The Partnership for the Public Good: “Shakespearean Idol”

The English Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

We invite all schools serving Grades 9-12 in our area to participate in the 2016 Shakespeare Competition. In this program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages: school, community (ESU Branch) and national levels. This year the National Finals are on Monday, May 2,  at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Learn more about the competition HEREWP_20160402_12_14_10_Pro

Sign-up your school with the ESU Niagara Frontier/ Buffalo Branch by January 13, 2016. To register, please complete the School Participation Form.

Contact: Albert Franco

Update HERE

The English Speaking Union of the United States 2016 Program

2016 local winner Abigail Hopkins and her mentor, Susan Drozd, from Buffalo Seminary

WP_20160402_11_53_41_ProNicole Benner, Tracey Clark, Abigail Hopkins, Ateang Deng, Stephanie Moran

WP_20160402_12_14_14_ProContestants, mentors, and Al Franco, organizer of ESU Niagara Frontier/Buffalo

The English Speaking Union of the United States is a non-profit, non-political educational organization, whose mission is to celebrate English Announcement Photoas a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members. Founded in 1920 by Sir Evelyn Wrench, the ESU carries on its work through a network of nearly 70 U.S. Branches, affiliates in the United Kingdom, and some 50 other countries, sponsoring a variety of language and international education programs.

The Partnership for the Pubic Good presents

“Shakespearean Idol”

Shakespearean Idol

December 1, 7:00 pm, The Buffalo History Museum

Come to this charity fundraiser to see your favorite local celebrities compete over who can give the best “Shakespeare”!

Shakespeare's death 400th anniversary

For accounts of previous competitions, see:

And for more information, follow




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