Travis High School theater student wins Houston-area Shakespeare Competition

Robert Jamerson

Travis High School theater student Robert Jamerson won first place in the English-Speaking Union’s regional Shakespeare Competition held at Main Street Theater on February 25.

Jamerson, a senior, will represent the Houston area as a semi-finalist at the National Shakespeare Competition, which will be held on April 23 at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Jamerson’s all-expenses paid trip to New York City will include an acting workshop at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and tours of the city, as well as competing in the final stage of the competition. He is the student of Tommy Grubbs, Travis High School’s theater director.

The English-Speaking Union’s (E-SU) program began in 1983 and has given more than 250,000 young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to discover and communicate their understanding of Shakespeare’s language.

The Houston Branch E-SU also supports a local teacher who will travel to England for a three-week fellowship at the Globe Theatre to study teaching Shakespeare through performance. Two years ago, Elkins High School theater teacher, Andrea Cope, was awarded this prize.

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