Annual Shakespeare Competition


"I never heard / So musical a discord, such sweet thunder"

Wingate University‘s Annual Shakespeare Competition was an amazing success! The judges were all so impressed with the level of talent that our area’s middle school and high school students displayed during their performances. We appreciate all of the middle school and high school teachers who emphasize the value of interpreting and performing Shakespeare and make time in their busy schedules to prepare their students for the competition. We are grateful to everyone at Wingate University, Wingate University Department of English, and in our community who helped out on Thursday. Special thanks to Wingate Today, Carolina Impact (WTVI PBS), and FOX46 Carolinas for joining us for our 30th Anniversary of the competition! Opera Carolina, UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, and Wingate’s The Batte Center for the Performing Arts also generously donated complimentary tickets to popular performances as prizes for our winners and their teachers. And Wingate’s Office of Admissions provided gift bags for all of the participants and their teachers and offered scholarships to the first, second, and third-place winners in the high school division. We look forward to hosting the competition again next year!


Allison Lenhardt and Pam Merrill

(on behalf of the English Department & Wingate University)

Information about Wingate's Annual Shakespeare Competition:

Greetings, Fellow Shakespeare Enthusiasts!
Wingate University is excited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Annual Shakespeare Competition.
Since 1984, Wingate has invited high school and middle school students to perform in our recitation contest. For
the competition, each student performs a monologue from one of Shakespeare's 38 plays and a sonnet.

Please click on the links to the right to find out more about our competition's rules and how you can get involved.