Grace at Lincoln Center


I love it when our students' accomplishments warrant a press release. We're so proud of you, Grace! See your press release below:


April 30, 2019 — New York City: April 29th may have been a normal Monday for most high school students, but for Grace Steckler from Marin School of the Arts it will be a day to remember forever. Grace, student of Rodney Franz, placed as a finalist at the 36th Annual National Shakespeare Competition celebrating William Shakespeare's birthday while competing against 50 students from around the US on stage at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater. The event is the culmination of a year-long competition hosted by the EnglishSpeaking Union (ESU).

To qualify for the National Shakespeare Competition semi-finals, Grace won the regional ESU San Francisco Branch Shakespeare Competition earlier this year.

Veteran judge and acclaimed actor Dana Ivey commented on the student performances, “I am always amazed by the delight and focus these students bring to their investigation of the text. They often bring surprises in interpretation that are entertaining and enlightening.”

Each year, more than 20,000 high school students participate in the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition at the school, regional and national levels through the help of more than 2,500 teachers and 53 ESU branches nationwide. As part of the competition, students perform a monologue and recite a sonnet from Shakespeare and are judged on their understanding of their selected texts and on their ability to communicate their interpretation to the audience. Through this school-based program, students in grades 9-12 develop critical thinking and speaking skills and increase their self-confidence through the performance of Shakespeare’s work.

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