ESU Charlotte Branch

Welcome to the Charlotte Branch

Welcome to the Charlotte Branch of The English-Speaking Union. We are a non-profit, non-political membership organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. We sponsor and organize educational and cultural programs for students and teachers as well as provide lectures, social events, and travel opportunities for our members. The Charlotte Branch is one of  68 located throughout the United States and is part of a global network of ESUs promoting educational opportunities in over 50 countries around the world. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

News And Events


With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Leo Merrick  from Charlotte, NC, a student of Tracey Petree at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, 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. Leo previously won the ESU Charlotte 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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Wingate's Feb. 16, 2016 ESU Shakespeare Competition

Once again, it is time to celebrate Shakespeare's works by registering your middle and high school students in Wingate's Annual Shakespeare Competition, sponsored by the English-Speaking Union! Please register your students by Jan. 25. The competition will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Please share the following webpage and information with your students and fellow teachers:

Shakespeare Competition information, registration form link, and rules here.

We look forward to seeing your students and you at the competition! ESU Members, friends, and the public are welcome to join us for this event! Contact Pam Merrill at if you have questions or need directions.


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Wingate's Annual ESU Shakespeare Competition: March 4, 2015

Wingate University's Annual ESU Shakespeare Competition has been rescheduled for Wenesday, March 4, 2015. Please see Wingate's competition page ( for announcements and contact Dr. Allison Lenhardt at with any questions regarding when the competition. Thank you for supporting this event that inspires so many students.


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April 14, 2015- ESU Wrench Speaker and annual meeting at the Myers Park Country Club

April 14, 2015- ESU Wrench Speaker and annual meeting at the Myers Park Country Club. Coming from Great Britain is Sir Robert Rogers, KCB, Clerk of the British House of Commons for forty years. His subject will be "The Legacy of the Magna Carta- A Universal Charter?" Sir Robert was educated at Oxford and was a Rhodes scholar among his many distinctions. His wife Jane, a member of the Anglican clergy, accompanies him. Details to follow.


November 3, 2014- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

November 3, 2014- "British Invasion" at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. To carpool meet in the parking lot of the Mint Museum/ Randolph Road at 11:00 am. Look for the British flag. Lunch on your own in the atrium at the Bechtler before having a guided tour of the exhibition at 12:30. The Bechtler is one of Charlotte's great jewels. Admission complementary.


The English-Speaking Union

Charlotte Branch

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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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