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Shakespeare Showcase!

Welcome, all Shakespeare-loving high school students (and their teachers) in Rhode Island! Once again, we invite you to take part in the English Speaking Union's Annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition! If you have sent a school participation form, we thank you for your patience and will be in touch soon! If you would like information about the Shakespeare Writing Competition, you can find more information here. (If you don't receive a welcome letter by September 20, please send a follow-up inquiry!)

This year, the ESU Shakespeare Monologue Competition is back live and all Branch winners will travel to NYC to compete in the finals. To that end, we ask that all schools have their participation forms in by the end of November and that your school winner is chosen by February 3, 2023. You can find all necessary information here.

New this year, we are planning a Shakespeare Showcase event to be held at Providence Public Library in late October. This informal event will take place on a weekend day and include a meet and greet with prospective students, their teachers and parents. It will also feature a series of monologue presentations, done by area actors. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in a subsequent Q & A to learn more about choices in performance. This event aims to foster a spirit of good will in the competition as well as to generate interest in participation. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Again this year, Shakespeare performance workshops for participating students and teachers will be available. These active events will feature exercises that aim to demystify Shakespeare's text and boost confidence for players. Coordination of times and dates, TBA. For more information about workshops, please send an email.

Please send all inquiries to and include the name of your school (or homeschool). Please include the best email at which to reach you.

We all are looking forward to another wonderful year of Shakespeare performance work and hope to hear from you soon!

Christin L Goff

Branch and Shakespeare Monologue Competition Coordinator, RI Branch


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Rhode Island Branch Gears up for 2021-22 Shakespeare Monologue Competition

(Providence, RI) "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players…" so says the character, Jaques, in Shakespeare's As You Like It. In Rhode Island, these players may include many area high school students, as we once again invite them to take part in the English Speaking Union's Annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition.


Held completely online last year, the ESU Competition will be presenting a hybrid option for the 2021-2022 school year. Participating schools will have the discretion of holding either online or in-person competitions; the same will be true for Branch and National level competitions. But the Finals Competition will most likely be held in-person (regulations permitting, of course), with the ten finalists traveling, all expenses paid, to New York City to compete for first, second, and third places.


This year locally, we are offering a Shakespeare Performance workshop for students in participating schools, given by educators from the newly-formed RI Shakespeare Rep, based in Providence. Participants will receive tips on best performance practices for Shakespeare including exercises in voice, breath, line delivery, and emotion. (Times and dates TBD).


For more information, please send an inquiry to and include the name of your school (or homeschool) and a reply email and name.


We are looking forward to a wonderful year of Shakespeare performance work and hope to hear from you soon!

Christin L Goff

Coordinator, Shakespeare Monologue Competition

RI Branch


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