ESU Charlottesville Branch

Message from the President

After stepping down nine years ago, I am now back at the helm as President. We have some challenges before us in this season of pandemic, but we shall manage. 2020 is the Centennial of the founding of the US ESU. The ESU, founded by Sir Evelyn Wrench in the UK and the Commonwealth in 1918, has survived and flourished through the Great Depression, war, pestilence and social upheaval. The ESU has done so not least of all because of its ever-timely mission of employing "English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members." It has enjoyed the leadership of men in the UK such as Winston Churchill and Gen. Eisenhower here in the US. The current ESUUS Chairman, Paul Beresford-Hill, is a renowned Oxford- and Columbia-trained educator and ambassador. There are some 60 Branches around the world and 60 here in the US. The ESU has a global reach.

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News And Events

ESU Charlottesville 2020-2021 Program

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Charlottesville Senior Places Second in the Nation in Shakespeare Competition

Congratulations to Adam Wilson, Class of 2020 graduate of St. Anne's-Belfield, for winning second place in the 37th Annual ESU National Shakespeare Competition!

With a masterful rendition of Richard from Richard III, Adam beat out dozens of finalists from around the country in the national phase of the competition, which took place virtually via Zoom on April 27. 

His winning performance (Richard's Act 1, Scene 1 monologue from Richard III, followed by Sonnet 91) can be watched here.

For placing second, Adam was awarded a scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center's Summer Camp, held at Blackfriars Playhouse, in Staunton, Virginia. 

Adam was coached by Ms. Dorene Fisher, Upper School Humanities & Theatre Arts teacher at St. Anne's-Belfield.

 

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Dr. Julia Vandewater Steps Down as President of the Charlottesville Branch after six years, seen here with incoming Branch President, Dr. Henry P (Phil) Williams III

 

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