Erin Blasko | April 24, 2018
When Tiana Mudzimurema joined the Robinson Shakespeare Company at the University of Notre Dame Robinson Community Learning Center in 2010, she knew very little about William Shakespeare or his work — she was just following in her older sister’s footsteps.
“My mom was always pushing us to try new things,” Tiana said. “And one of the things I saw my sister do was Shakespeare, and I thought, ‘Well, if she can do it, I can do it.’”
But as Shakespeare himself wrote, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
And so, determined to blaze her own path, Tiana will travel to New York this week to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition at iconic Lincoln Center Theater in Manhattan.
Hosted annually by the English-Speaking Union of the United States, the National Shakespeare Competition helps students in grades 9-12 develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature through the study of English language arts and Shakespeare.