Robinson Center Shakespeare Company member wins regional monologue competition

Author: Paul Murphy

(pictured right to left) Scot Shepley, Candace Williams, Scott Jackson, Joan Becker, J. Randall Colborn

Candace Lebron-Williams, a member of the Robinson Community Learning Center Shakespeare Company, took top honors at the fourth annual Shakespeare at Notre Dame Regional Monologue Competition held Dec. 10 at the Robinson Center.

Lebron-Williams, a senior at John Adams High School, won accolades for her performance of the prologue from “Henry V.” She now advances to the English Speaking Union of the United States (ESUUS) State Shakespeare Competition in Indianapolis, to be held in February, and will compete for the opportunity to represent Indiana at the national competition in New York.

Twenty-eight area students from 11 schools competed in the regional contest. New to the competition was the addition of a collegiate division, comprised of 14 freshmen enrolled in Notre Dame professor’s Nicole McLaughlin’s “Writing and Rhetoric” class.

“To see such a rich engagement with Shakespeare’s language by primary and secondary school students is nothing short of inspirational,” said Scott Jackson, Shakespeare at Notre Dame’s executive Director. “These kids are excelling in an area that few adults would ever imagine possible.”

The winners and runner-ups for each division are:

  • High School Division:
    Winner: Candace Lebron—Williams
    Runner-up: Joan Becker
  • Middle School Division
    Winner: Indonesia Holt
    Runner-up: Zion Williams
  • Elementary School Division
    Winner: India McKinney
    Runner-up: Kashlin Biffle
  • Collegiate Division
    Winner: Kendra Rask
    Runner-up: Robert Pak

Founded in 2001 as an initiative between the University of Notre Dame and the Northeast Neighborhood, the RCLC aims to strengthen the surrounding area through relationship building and educational opportunities by promoting innovation and excellence. In its nine-year history, more than 5,500 people have participated in classes and activities at the RCLC.

Contact: Chuck Gessert, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, 574-631-3777,

Originally published by Paul Murphy at on December 20, 2011.