News And Events

News And Events

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 2022 Monologue and Sonnet Packets on the ESU website. Teachers from each participating school will then hold a competition to select one student winner to perform this material at the Denver Branch competition on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the education center Denver Center for the Performing Arts from 11:30-1:00 p.m.  Teachers must hold their school competitions on or before January 27, 2023 and submit your winner by that day.  The Denver Branch winner will win an all-expense paid trip to travel to New York City to compete against other high school students around the country.

Prior to the competition, school winners will have the opportunity to attend a workshop with Sam Wood, who heads the Shakespeare education program at the DCPA.  This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at the DCPA Education Center.

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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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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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Social Gathering March 2019

Our next social gathering will be Thursday, March 7th, 7:00 pm, to meet our new scholarship recipients, Dan Anderson and Emily Pool and to cheer on Nicci Guagliardo, who attended Oxford's Creative Writing Program last year, as she competes in Write Club, an open mic night competition at Syntax Physic Opera.  Syntax is a pub with great food, and it's located at 554 S. Broadway, about 2½ blocks south of Alameda. There is a $10 cover, and all proceeds go to a charity of the write club winner's choice!

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Annual Meeting and Brunch

11:00 am-11:30 am Social Time with a Cash Bar Available

11:30 pm - 12:30 pm Buffet Brunch Includes:
cheddar egg bake,mushroom/spinach egg bake, cinnamon french toast, potatoes o'brien, breakfast sausage, bacon, fruit salad, muffins, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm- Meeting and Program:
A review of the 2017-2018 Denver Branch Program Year with reports from the Branch President, Treasurer and Committee Chairs; recognition and thanks to outgoing Board Members; a presentation of the slate of Board Member and Officer candidates by the Nominating Committee; and the election of new Board Members and Officers.

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From Page to Stage at Shakespeare Birth Place Trust

Immerse yourself in the language and world of Shakespeare.  Through theatrical performances at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, lectures with eminent scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, and museum visits, you will explore Shakespeare's family homes, enjoy the sites and shops that make Stratford-upon-Avon a unique destination, and gain a new perspective on how the Bard's legacy continues to shape our lives today.

This travel-learning experience is perfect for anyone interested in cultural exploration, lifelong learning, or just having a unique English experience.  It's also an excellent opportunity for English, social studies, and theater teachers of all experience levels (including pre-service and retired), and others who are eager to engage in study with world-class scholars and educators in a historic setting.

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December 12 -17: Course in Stratford-upon-Avon with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Explore the language and world of Shakespeare.  Between theater (four shows at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company), lectures with eminent scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, and museum visits, you will have time to explore Shakespeare's family homes, enjoy the shops and Christmas Market that make Stratford-upon-Avon a unique destination, and gain a new perspective on how Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today.  

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A Birthday Celebration Fit For The Queen

Donna Altieri, Basil Carpenter, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and a bagpiper greet attendees

On Sunday, June 11 members gathered at the home of Basil Carpenter and Bruce Haefner to celebrate the 91st birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The day's moderate temperatures and light breezes were a welcome relief to the week's record-setting heat.

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The English-Speaking Union

Denver Branch

Denver 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.