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Shakespeare Showcase!

Welcome, all Shakespeare-loving high school students (and their teachers) in Rhode Island! Once again, we invite you to take part in the English Speaking Union's Annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition! If you have sent a school participation form, we thank you for your patience and will be in touch soon! If you would like information about the Shakespeare Writing Competition, you can find more information here. (If you don't receive a welcome letter by September 20, please send a follow-up inquiry!)

This year, the ESU Shakespeare Monologue Competition is back live and all Branch winners will travel to NYC to compete in the finals. To that end, we ask that all schools have their participation forms in by the end of November and that your school winner is chosen by February 3, 2023. You can find all necessary information here.

New this year, we are planning a Shakespeare Showcase event to be held at Providence Public Library in mid-November. This informal event will take place on a weekend day and include a meet and greet with prospective students, their teachers and parents. It will also feature a series of monologue presentations, done by area actors. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in a subsequent Q & A to learn more about choices in performance. This event aims to foster a spirit of good will in the competition as well as to generate interest in participation. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Again this year, Shakespeare performance workshops for participating students and teachers will be available. These active events will feature exercises that aim to demystify Shakespeare's text and boost confidence for players. Coordination of times and dates, TBA. For more information about workshops, please send an email.

Please send all inquiries to and include the name of your school (or homeschool). Please include the best email at which to reach you.

We all are looking forward to another wonderful year of Shakespeare performance work and hope to hear from you soon!

Christin L Goff

Branch and Shakespeare Monologue Competition Coordinator, RI Branch


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