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Shakespeare Committee Report

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Shakespeare Winner Abby Carter

Last month our branch hosted our 27th Annual Shakespeare Competition at the Frye Art Museum. We had a great group of students that participated this year. Besides having high schools from around the Seattle area, we had Oak Harbor High School participate for the first time!!

The winners this year are as follows:

  • First Place: Interlake High School Abby Carter
  • Second Place: Overlake High School Emily Lautch
  • Third Place: Oak Harbor High School Nikeesa Gooding

See photos of the event in the photos section. We want to congratulate all of the participants for such wonderful performances.

—Susan Wilson, Chairperson


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National Board Members

Good to know that we now have two Seattle branch members on the ESU National Board. William Maschmeier and Loveday Conquest represent the very best in terms of service to both our branch and the national organization. We are fortunate to have both of them on our local board as well. Thank you for your many efforts.



The PAFE arts education annual music festival has named their outstanding opera singer scholarship vocal award in honor of Richard Engstrom, as a lifetime honor, in recognition of his over 40 years in voice and opera. He studied voice for 14 years and after a brief vocal career became twice Vice-President of Education and Communications for the Seattle Opera Guild, the last President of the Seattle Minded Arts Supporters in Harmony and co-founder of the "Washington State Community Theater Association and also a past' President of Washington Association of Theater Artists. Additionally, for 12 years he has cast opera singers internationally and produced and coordinated for opera companies and has performed in 7 Shakespeare productions with two seasons at Ashland and was a judge for the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2003 in St. George, Utah.

The PAFE Board honored him at their February 11, 2014, Executive Board Meeting and the lifetime voice award will be given out every May.


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Report of the 2013 ESU-US Annual General Meeting

All members of the Seattle Branch can be proud of the Planning Committee's year-long efforts to host an outstanding national conference. The Washington Athletic Club was just the right size for the number of attendees; the newly remodeled facilities, the Crystal room especially shone on our main speaker events.


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Eleanor Monroe, who has served as Chairperson for our English—in-Action program for many years, is asking for a few more tutors for her group. You can reach Eleanor at (206) 542-4639 to learn more about the program. The Seattle group meets weekly in a centrally located church during the daytime. Not only would you help orient some of our foreign visitors but sometimes you are in for a delightful culinary treat or a visit to a home. You will learn as much if not more than your student in many cases.


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