About Us & Activities

The ESU Colonial NC Branch was organized in 1976 in the historic city of New Bern, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers in eastern North Carolina. Its membership is based primarily in the lower Neuse River basin, however, anyone living east of Interstate is invited to join.

Membership benefits include monthly lecture programs by prominent speakers, visits by authors on book tours, fellowship at social and special events, a Teachers Training Workshop and High School Regional Shakespeare contest, and, the expansion of our community outreach efforts locally to provide educational opportunities for members, students and educators.

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition: Colonial NC Branch

Will take place on February 10, 2024 at 10:00 AM. at the Trent Road Campus Auditorium of the Epiphany School of Global Studies

Deadline for schools to register is January 21, 2024

Deadline for schools to submit their School Winner Form is February 1, 2024

Colonial NC Branch Shakespeare Winner Tells of Life-changing Experience in New York

Hannah (Gracie) Tyson, a Freshman at JH Rose High School in Greenville, NC wrote an inspiring summary of her experience in her first Shakespeare contest. 

Read Hannah's letter about her experience.


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