ESU Fort Lauderdale Branch

A Message from the Fort Lauderdale Branch President

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is part of a worldwide, non-profit, non-political, educational organization whose mission is "Creating Global Understanding through English".

The Fort Lauderdale Branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States is a small part of this organization that is spread around the world. We are one of more than 68 Branches across the United States and we share a common mission with more than 50 ESU branches overseas.

Our common goal is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in our global community. Achievement of this goal depends upon many large and small Branches who work in a variety of stimulating and interesting programs.

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News And Events


With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Danielle Gonzalez from Tamarac, FL, a student of Cynthia Lutwin at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, 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. Danielle previously won the ESU Fort Lauderdale 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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Registration Now Open for 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensive

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We invite local middle and high school educators across the country to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday this year by participating in the 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensives:  Romeo and Juliet.  This partnership program with the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library allows teachers to learn the Folger's easily-adapted methods and receive materials designed to engage their students in the Bard's works.   Learn more about this program and register today


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Registration Now Open for 2013 Shakespeare Set Free Institute

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Ft. Lauderdale Attendees with Julia Perlowski, Folger Master Teacher.

Registration now open for the 2013 Ft. Lauderdale Shakespeare Set Free Institute (June 10 & 11, 2013).

It's the perfect PD opportunity for secondary English and drama teachers.  Brush up on your Shakespeare or learn to love the Bard; both new & experienced educators welcome.

Reserve your spot:  Register today.  

Learn more about 2013 Ft. Lauderdale SSF Institute.

Shakespeare Set Free is a partnership program between the ESU and the Folger Shakespeare Library. 


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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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