Initiated in 1983 in New York City the competition has given more than 145,000 young people the opportunity to explore the beauty and scope of Shakespeare's language as well as the timeless themes embodied in his works. The English-Speaking Union's National Shakespeare Competition is a curriculum-based program designed to help high school students develop their understanding of Shakespeare and their ability to communicate that understanding. The English-Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition has been recognized by the Shakespeare Globe Center (USA) the Children's Theatre Foundation of America, and the American Academy of Achievement. "Shakespeare Across Cultures" brings together a group of students from different regions of the United States with students in Russia and Bucharest, Romania to direct scenes by Shakespeare via the Internet using a CD-Rom computer program called Stage Struck.
This was the 27th Annual Shakespeare Competition in Houston. Held at Main Street Theater. Judges: Luke Fedell, David Rainey and Guy Roberts. First Place winner: Jules Iradukunda.
Branch heats of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition are happening all over the country. Iradukunda will go on to compete in the National Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 5. Good Luck to all!