Over 165 students participated in preliminary competitions in Kansas City area high schools as well as a competition for homeschool students sponsored by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. The ESU Kansas City Branch Competition was held on February 16, 2014, at the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. Thirteen school winners from the Kansas City area schools participated. Makenna impressed the judges and captivated the audience with her performance of Phoebe from Shakespeare’
The Second Place winner in the ESU Kansas City Branch finals was Ahafia Jurkiewicz-Miles, a homeschool Junior in Kansas City, Mo., sponsored by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Homeschool Competition. The Third Place winner was Lacee Stanley, a Junior at Center High School, Kansas City, Mo.
Makenna's First Place prize package from the ESU Kansas City Branch included a check for $150, a full scholarship to the Shakespeare Exploration Camp offered by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, a Certificate of Appreciation and an engraved First Place Medallion.
Makenna will be awarded an all-expenses-
Makenna will be competing for amazing opportunities this summer. The First Place National Shakespeare Competition winner receives a full scholarship to study acting in Shakespeare’
In addition, the top three national winners’ teachers receive a full tuition scholarship to a 2014 Shakespeare Set Free Institute including transportation, accommodations and food expenses, in total up to $900. Additional national finalists’ teachers receive a Shakespeare Set Free toolkit (or the equivalent value in teaching materials) from The Folger Shakespeare Library.
Two previous Kansas City winners have won First Place in the National Shakespeare Competition in New York and one Kansas City winner won Second Place in the National Competition. The ESU Kansas City Branch is one of 58 Branches competing in the National Shakespeare Competition in New York on May 5, 2014.
The judging panel at the National Competition consists of actors, directors, Shakespeare scholars and educators. Past judges have included Andre Braugher, Kate Burton, Maurice Charney, Blythe Danner, Barry Edelstein, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Edward Herrmann, Dana Ivey, Kristin Linklater, Peter MacNicol, Jesse L. Martin, Cynthia Nixon, Tina Packer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nancy Piccione, Phylicia Rashad, Christopher Reeve, Louis Scheeder, Richard Thomas, Courtney B. Vance, Sam Waterston, Dianne Wiest, Gene Wilder and Irene Worth.
The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-
The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a non-profit, non-political educational organization, whose mission is to celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, teachers and its members. The ESU carries out its work through a network of 68 branches and affiliates in the United Kingdom and 60 other countries, sponsoring a variety of language and international education programs. For more information about the ESU Kansas City Branch, go to www.esuus.org/