News And Events

News And Events


With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Roxanne Cowett  from Greensboro, NC, a student of Lindsey Clinton-Kraak at Weaver Academy in Greensboro, 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. Roxanne previously won the ESU Greensboro 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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Shakespeare Competition

March 18, 2017

UNCG School of Education Building
1300 Spring Garden Street
Room 120 (first floor)

Additional Details:  Coffee, juice and donuts available at 9:15 a.m. before competition. 

Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. here:

Moran Commons Dining Room
Moran 109
1209 North Drive

Shakespeare Competition begins at 10:00 a.m.

In this program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform, and recite Shakespeare monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages: school, community (ESU Branch) and national levels. This national effort involves 15,000 students and over 1500 teachers who encourage their students to increase their self-confidence and develop critical skills as they come alive through Shakespeare's timeless works. Our winners get a chance to compete in New York City and then on to compete for the opportunity to study acting in England.

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Monday, February 13, 2017
At Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Haywood Duke Room, 607 North Greene Street, Greensboro NC

David Holley and UNCG students will present "The Telephone" opera composed by Gian Carlo Menotti. This one act opera is an English-language comic opera. The cost per person is $27.00 and includes dinner. If you wish to attend contact Kitty Robison at 336-273-0394.

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Region IV Regional Meeting

Region IV Regional Meeting
Raleigh, NC
March 24-26, 2017

Come join members from branches in Virginia and North Carolina, renew old and make new friendships, and learn about what other branches in our region are doing.

March is lovely in Raleigh. And we have some interesting and fun events planned for you. The details are included in the Schedule of Events and the Registration Formavailable through their respective links. I promise you an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

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“LEARN about the past, PREPARE for your future”

Dr. Omar H. Ali, Professor at UNCG will talk about Islam Identity and Resolution.

April 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
6:00 pm Social

6:30 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Program

Event Location: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
                              Haywood Duke Room
                              607 North Greene Street
                              Greensboro, NC

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Join us for a Fun, Casual Evening and Annual Meeting

May 15, 2017

There will be a short annual membership meeting followed by dinner and a movie. We will see "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". An enjoyable picnic type meal will be provided and of course popcorn will be served during the movie.

Event Location: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
                               Haywood Duke Room
                               607 North Greene Street
                               Greensboro, NC

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Teachers Learning Abroad -UK (TLab-UK)

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Application for BUSS 2017

Application for British Universities Summer Schools is open for 2017! The British University Summer School Scholarships provide high school teachers with dynamic continuing education through summer study at prestigious British centers of learning – Oxford University, Shakespeare's Globe in London and Edinburgh University.  BUSS teachers return to their classrooms revitalized and inspired to apply their new teaching strategies, knowledge and international perspective.

For more information click here. 

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Greensboro Branch Annual Membership Meeting

May 12, 2015

Haywood Duke Room
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
607 N Greene St. Greensboro
Greene St. Entrance

"Romans In Britain - A Lasting Legacy"

Speaker - Linda Danford
Retired from the University of North Carolina Greensboro Classical Studies Department

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O'Henry Birthday Celebration

September 11, 2014
A Gala Evening of Theater and Music with O'Henry
Greensboro Historical Museum

The Greensboro Branch of the English Speaking Union joined with the Greensboro Historical Museum to celebrate the 152nd birthday of wrinter and native son, William Sydney Porter (O'Henry) on September 11, 2014. A cocktail buffet in the Lobby Reception Gallery of the Museum was enjoyed by a capacity crowd. After dinner, guests assembled in the Mary Noris Preyer Hall to enjoy live performances of 5 of O'Henry's short stories. The delicious pre-performance buffet was a delightful prelude to the sold-out (SRO) production which kept us laughing and "glued to our seats" for the surprise endings. Guests also enjoyed vintage music by local performers during the evening.

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The English-Speaking Union

Greensboro Branch

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.