Scheduled to appear at Lincoln Center in New York for the English-Speaking Union’s 30th Annual National Shakespeare Competition this week is Red Bank Regional senior Madelyn Monaghan. She’ll join students from 31 states, all winners of regional read-offs, to give voice to excerpts of the Bard‘s sonnets and plays, with winners to be chosen Tuesday – believed to be his birthday.

Earlier this month, Monaghan joined regional winners from Monmouth County for readings (and ice cream) at Bingham Hall in Rumson. Afterward, she told redbankgreen that she views acting as a way to teach audience members about themselves by demonstrating the universal experiences of trauma, fear, and love through a character. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)