The Anglo Mexican Foundation's annual Shakespeare Competition is a curriculum-based programme designed to help 9th -12th grade students develop their language skills and dramatic talents through the memorizing and interpretation of a monologue and sonnet of William Shakespeare. Teachers are invited to use the programme as a tool to encourage and enhance the study of Shakespeare by incorporating it into their Shakespeare curriculum or by creating a Theatre or Drama Club as an extra curricula activity.
Students entered in the contest are required to perform their chosen monologue and sonnet in a school internal competition. Two candidates from each school then proceed to the final event in a professional theatre in Mexico City to act in the formal atmosphere of a staged production.
The competition is judged by a competent panel of professional actors, directors and experts in Shakespearian theatre, who have a broad experience of theatre performance. In past years we have enjoyed the collaboration of such personalities as Mario Iván Martínez, Angélica Aragón, Daniel Martínez, Arturo Castro, Mauricio Lozano and Luz Emilia Aguilar Zinser, amongst others. Each year, we count with the participation of Ian Wooldridge, Dean and Director of BADA (The British American Drama Academy) in London.
First and Second Prize: The first two winners of the XII Shakespeare Competition will be offered the opportunity to participate in the British American Drama Academy Midsummer Conservatory Programme (MCP), with course fees, food, accommodation and international travel costs provided. The Midsummer Conservatory is designed for serious sixteen to eighteen year old acting students of all levels and concentrates on classical theatre, particularly Shakespeare, focusing on three approaches: text-based preparation, characterisation and movement. The programme provides a unique opportunity to work and live with the finest actors and directors, backed by the foremost teachers of Voice and Movement. The course is based in Oxford at Wadham College, ideally located forty miles from Stratford-upon-Avon and fifty miles from London. It is accredited by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and run in association with UCLA and Yale School of Drama. The Midsummer Conservatory Programme runs for three weeks every summer from the end of July to the middle of August.
Third Prize: The third prize winner is offered participation as a special guest in the activities of the National Shakespeare Competition of The English Speaking Union in New York, which takes place in late spring at the Lincoln Center Theater.
Implementation of the project:
British actor and director, Stuart Cox, visits each school between November and December to offer an introductory workshop for the students interested in participating in the competition on "how to approach the acting of Shakespeare". Shortly before the internal finals there is a second workshop with the school's finalists, working with them individually on their performance in co-ordination with the teachers who are directing them in their presentations.