Archive for December, 2014

Teacher Workshop: Sonnets

Sonnet Teacher Workshop

Date & Time: 
January 14, 2015
4:00-6:00 PM

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Space is limited.  RSVP BY JANUARY 12, 2015

Join us for a free interactive workshop on Shakespeare’s sonnets and beyond.
The program includes workshops lead by the English-Speaking Union (National Shakespeare Competition) and the Teachers & Writers Collaborative (Poetry Out Loud) and an exclusive “show and tell” of rare materials from a Morgan Library & Museum curator (First Folio and more).

Questions?  Contact:  Katharine Moran (ESU Education)
kmoran@esuus.org or 212-818-1200 x 223


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Dominican Academy in Manhattan hosted their annual Shakespeare Competition last week.  This event was part of the ESU New York Shakespeare Competition. Eighteen students competed this year, each reciting a monologue from one of Shakespeare’s works. First place went to Victoria Foote ’17 (far left) for her portrayal of Hamlet.  Second place was awarded to Natalie DiMattia ’18 (far right) for her interpretation of Cornelia from King Lear, and third place went to Alexandra Rachiele for her role as as Queen Katherine from Henry VIII.  Victoria will go on to represent the school at the community-wide Shakespeare competition in February at the New York Public Library in Bryant Park.
Here’s what the students and faculty had to say about the program:
  • “Competing was hard work, but it was worth it and gave me a greater appreciation for Shakespeare.” – Claire Potter ’17 (represented DA at the semi-finals last year)
  • “The Shakespeare Competition takes what we learn in our English classes and allows us to interpret Shakespeare as we express ourselves.”- Samantha Hamilton ’15 (Co-President of the DA Shakespeare Club)
  • “I like seeing different interpretations of the same character.” – Pamela Da Silva ’15 (Co-President of the DA Shakespeare Club)
  • “The Competition is the highlight of my year as a teacher. I love seeing teenagers putting their hearts, souls and minds into these 400-year old characters and making the language their own.” – Ms. Zoe Carvajal Spelman (English Teacher)
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The English-Speaking Union invites all schools serving Grades 9-12 in the New York City area (including Westchester and Long Island) to participate in the 2015 Shakespeare Competition.

What is the Competition?
In this free program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages: school, community (ESU Branch) and national levels.  Learn more here.

How do I sign-up my school?
Teachers:  Complete the 2015 School Participation Form by December 15th.

Contact:  Katharine Moran, Manager of Shakespeare Education Programs, at shakespeare@esuus.org or 212-818-1200 x 223.

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Over 400 years later, Shakespeare is still making news!  A first folio of the Bard’s plays (published in 1623) was recently discovered in a public library in St.-Omer, France.  That brings the total of known surviving first folios to 233.  Can’t travel to France to see this one?  Then visit the Morgan Library & Museum in midtown Manhattan; they have one in their permanent collection.


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Prince in the City

Photo Credit: The New York Times


The Public Theater just finished up a run of one of the Bard’s lesser-know plays: Pericles, Prince of Tyre. The production (part of their Mobile Shakespeare Unit) recently toured homeless shelters, community centers and correctional facilities throughout the five boroughs.  Not familiar with the play?  Read it for free here.


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