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The ESU national Shakespeare competition is back and is open to all students 9th through 12th. It involves memorizing and orally presenting a Shakespearean monologue, deadline is December 22nd. For info on prizes and to sign up for this year's competition click the headline above.

WHO:  Students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades
WHAT:  Read, analyze, memorize and perform a monologue from one of Shakespeare’s plays.

WHEN: 9th and 10th graders will perform Wednesday, January 17th at 3:40 pm in the Mack Library; 11th and 12th graders will perform Thursday, January 18th at 3:40 pm in the Mack Library

You can locate these monologues at:

  • The School Winner advances to the local English-Speaking Union Branch Competition, adding a sonnet to his or her presentation.
  • The Branch Competition Winner will have the opportunity to compete on stage at Lincoln Center.  The winner will also participate include acting workshops and cultural activities.
  • The ESU National Competition Winner is awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to study acting in Shakespeare’s homeland, England. 

In 2014, the 1st place winner was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Young Actors Summer School in London, England.  The runner-up received a scholarship to the American Shakespeare Center’s Theatre Camp in Staunton, Virginia.  The 3rd place winner was awarded $500 by The Shakespeare Society in New York, NY.

To register for the first round of competition please access the ESU National Shakespeare Competition Registration Form (Click here).
For further information, please contact Mr. Clarke at