ESU San Diego Branch

A Message from the San Diego Branch President

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a non-profit, non-political organization that promotes educational, cultural and social activities within the San Diego area.

The San Diego Branch was established in the late 1930's and is one of 68 branches in the United States. Members are a cross-section of people who are either native to or have adopted the San Diego community as their home.

Our monthly dinner meetings feature speakers from different fields. Their informative talks are preceded by a cocktail hour where members and guests can socialize. The setting for our meetings is sunset at the beautiful La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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News And Events

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition Starts Now!

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We are pleased to announce the kick-off of the ESU's National Shakespeare Competition! Schools in our region may enter now, giving students the opportunity to compete in The San Diego Branch Competition.  The winner of the branch competition will travel to NYC to compete in the national finals at Lincoln Center!  


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40th Anniversary ESU National Shakespeare Competition Winner

Congratulations to the San Diego Branch's own Ayush Gupta, who was a top 10 finalist at the 40th Anniversary ESU National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 24, 2023. Ayush, a student of Heidi Handelsman of Pacific Ridge High School, was one of forty-one semi-finalists who came from all over the country, along with parents, branch coordinators, teachers and supporters for this exciting weekend-long event.


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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Elisa Litke  from Bonita, CA, a student of Kathleen Herb-Baker at Academy of Our Lady of Peace in San Diego, 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. Elisa previously won the ESU San Diego 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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Speaker Event - Oliver Everett

Oliver Everett, Royal Librarian Emeritus spoke on King George III, The most cultured Monarch, Art Collector, Friend of America.


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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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