Welcome to the ESU Rochester Branch Website
STUDENT PERFORMERS with their mugs and commemorative tee shirts
CROWD AT THE BLOCH CENTER AT UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
New this year, all participants of the 31st Rochester Shakespeare Competition will be awarded a trip to the renowned Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada to see a production of "Hamlet". The trip is available, at no cost, to all participants and is scheduled for Thursday April 23, 2020 to reward them for their hard work in preparing for the competition. This trip is being made possible from funds from the Rochester Chapter of the English Speaking Union as well as from a generous transportation subsidy from the Stratford Festival.
Congratulations to Reese Stojanovski from Penfield High School, winner of this year's Rochester Branch competition of the National Shakespeare Competition. This was the 30th anniversary of the Rochester Chapters' event. Reese competed against eight other Rochester area schools on March 4th at the University of Rochester. Her winning monologue was from Paulina's role in "The Winters Tale" (3.2.194-212). Her sonnet (#90) was "Then hate me when thou wilt, if ever, now...". Reese went on to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition. Photos from the event may be found on our "Photo Gallery" page. A PDF of the program may be found here.
The 31st annual Rochester Shakespeare Competition for high school students will occur on Saturday February 29th 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni Center at the University of Rochester. Contact Roger Janezic at Rochester@esuus.org or call 585-465-9191 for details. More details about the event will appear soon on this website.
The Rochester Branch of the ESU is conducting a Shakespearean sonnet writing challenge to pair with this year's ESU National Shakespeare Competition: Rochester Branch. The sonnet challenge is open to high school students and includes a separate adult category. This sonnet challenge is a partnership with Writers & Books, a local non-profit literary center that fosters and promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities.
The 36th Annual ESU National Shakespeare Competition: Rochester Branch will take place on March 2nd, 2019 at the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center at the University of Rochester, 300 E River Rd, Rochester, NY 14627. Contact Roger Janezic at email@example.com.
Eli Owns, a senior and student of Regina Darling from Penfield High School, was awarded second place overall at the English-Speaking Union's National Shakespeare Competition held on April 23, 2018. Click here to read the full press release.
News – March 4, 2018
Elias Owens, student of Regina Darling from Penfield High School, achieved first place at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition Rochester Branch tournament on 3/4/2018, with a masterful and hilarious rendition of Parolles' speech on virginity from All's Well that Ends Well and a skilled interpretation of Sonnet 29, "When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes…"
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.