The ESU National Shakespeare Competition: Rochester Branch is back in 2022! UPDATE: The competition is now live!

The competition will be held on Saturday, February 26 from 1 to 3 PM at Brighton Memorial Library, located at 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester NY 14618 (in the Learning Center to the right as you enter)   

Please register your school here by January 31, 2002!

Submit your School Winner Form here by February 5, 2022!

Your student is vying for the chance to participate in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition and win national prizes like an all expense paid trip to New York City, a summer scholarship to England, $1000 cash and other great prizes!

Instructions and more information can be found in our Teacher and Student Handbooks, available here.
CONTACT Betty Trevino Roth at for more information!

News And Events

Welcome to the ESU Rochester Branch Website


Read Full Story


2020 Shakespeare Competition

STUDENT PERFORMERS with their mugs and commemorative tee shirts



Read Full Story


Rochester participants to travel to Stratford

News Photo

New this year, all participants of the 31st Rochester Shakespeare Competition will be awarded a trip to the renowned Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada to see a production of "Hamlet". The trip is available, at no cost, to all participants and is scheduled for Thursday April 23, 2020 to reward them for their hard work in preparing for the competition. This trip is being made possible from funds from the Rochester Chapter of the English Speaking Union as well as from a generous transportation subsidy from the Stratford Festival.


February 29th 2020 Rochester Shakespeare Competition

The 31st annual Rochester Shakespeare Competition for high school students will occur on Saturday February 29th 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni Center at the University of Rochester. Contact Roger Janezic at or call 585-465-9191 for details. More details about the event will appear soon on this website.


Read Full Story


Results from the 2 March 2019 Rochester Shakespeare Competition

Event Recap Photo

Photo of winners, Reese is on the far right

Congratulations to Reese Stojanovski from Penfield High School, winner of this year's Rochester Branch competition of the National Shakespeare Competition. This was the 30th anniversary of the Rochester Chapters' event. Reese competed against eight other Rochester area schools on March 4th at the University of Rochester. Her winning monologue was from Paulina's role in "The Winters Tale" (3.2.194-212). Her sonnet (#90) was "Then hate me when thou wilt, if ever, now...". Reese went on to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition. Photos from the event may be found on our "Photo Gallery" page. A PDF of the program may be found here.


Read Full Story


The English-Speaking Union

Rochester Branch

Rochester Branch Landmark Photo

Welcome to the ESU

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.

To find out more about our programs click here.