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We are a non-profit, non-political membership organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. We sponsor and organize educational and cultural programs for students and teachers as well as provide lectures, social events, and travel opportunities for our members. The Washington D.C. Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a global network of ESUs promoting educational opportunities in over 50 countries around the world. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

Announcing the 2020 ESU National Shakespeare Competition: Washington DC Branch 

The 2020 Competition will take place at The Madeira School, 8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia 22102 on  March 2, 2020 at 1:30 PM.

The deadline to register is December 2, 2019 and the deadline to complete your school-wide competition and submit a winner form is February 21, 2020. 

The winner of the Competition receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to compete in the English-Speaking Union National Competition.

We hope you will urge your students to participate in what could be a life-changing event. 

Contact Dr. Donavan Arizmendi at for more information.

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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 Washington DC 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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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Andrew Spafford  from McLean, VA, a student of Jordan Friend & Jim Mahady at Georgetown Day School in Washington, 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. Andrew previously won the ESU Washington, D.C. 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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