ESU Denver Branch

A Welcome from the Denver Branch President

Welcome to the home page of the Denver Branch of the English-Speaking Union!  Maybe you are here for the first time, visiting a web address given to you by a friend or colleague or following a link from another website.  Perhaps you are a member, returning to see what we have done in the recent past and what we are planning for the future.  Whatever brought you here, I am glad you arrived!

The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political educational organization whose mission is to celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and goodwill.  We sponsor competitions and scholarships for students and educators; and we offer lectures, cultural programs, social events and travel opportunities for our members. The Denver Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a network of ESUs 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.

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News And Events

TLab Presentation Dinner

TLab Presentation Dinner

Wednesday, november 30

Hello ESU Members,

After a two-year hiatus,

We are thrilled to invite you to the TLab Presentation Dinner on Wednesday, November 30 at the University Club

Please see the attached invitation and get your reservation in  for this popular event!

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The Eleventh Annual Dr. Howard F. Beckley High School Writing Competition


The Eleventh Annual Dr. Howard F. Beckley    

High School Writing Competition

We are proud to announce the winners of the Dr. Howard F. Beckley Writing Competition
First Place: N. Rodriguez
Second Place: P. Pauda
Third Place: W. Moyer
Honorable Mention: C. Vinh
Honorable Mention: J. Pow


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ESU Denver Branch of the Shakespeare Competition for High School

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based education program in which high school students read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespeare's works.  Since 1983, the competition has helped more than 400,000 young Americans develop communication skills and an appreciation for language and literature.

Students interested in competing select one Shakespeare monologue and sonnet from the attached pre-approved list to perform in their particular high school. Teachers from each participating school will then hold a competition to select one student winner to perform this material at the Denver Branch competition February 13, 2022 hosted by Visionbox Studio at McNichols Civic Center in downtown Denver. (Individual school competitions must be held by 1/28/22. Teachers must submit their winners by 1/28/22.) The Denver Branch winner will be submitted for the national competition, and 10 finalists from across the country will be selected to compete in New York City at Lincoln Center in spring 2022.

Visionbox Studio is excited to collaborate again this season as the professional theatre liaisons for the 2022 English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition to help prepare teachers and students for the Colorado Branch and National competition.


Jennifer McCray Rincon, Founding Artistic Director of Visionbox Studio and former Head of Acting at The National Theatre Conservatory at the DCPA, will lead one free 3-hour workshop for students interested in participating in the competition at McNichols Civic Center Saturday, January 15th from 1-4pm. Free workshops will also be presented by Visionbox at Colorado ThesCon December 2-4th. Workshops will focus on Shakespeare acting, scansion, and selection of material. Visionbox is also available to come work with students at individual high schools.


For more information and to participate in this competition please register your school at

The deadline for area schools to register is 1/07/22, and the deadline for area schools to submit winner forms is 1/28/22. For additional questions regarding the competition contact Cynthia Poinsett at


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TLab Scholar Jeannine Mortell


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Denver student performs at the 36th Annual National Shakespeare Competition in New York City

April 30, 2019 — New York City: April 29th may have been a normal Monday for most high school students, but for Sofie Berg from Denver School of the Arts it will be a day to remember forever. Sofie, student of Shawn Hann, placed as a semifinalist at the 36th Annual National Shakespeare Competition celebrating William Shakespeare's birthday while competing against 50 students from around the US on stage at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater. The event is the culmination of a year-long competition hosted by the English-Speaking Union (ESU).

To qualify for the National Shakespeare Competition semi-finals, Sofie won the regional ESU Denver Branch Shakespeare Competition earlier this year.


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The English-Speaking Union

Denver Branch

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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.