Media, Speech & Theatre Philosophy

Our classes are designed for both students who are just beginning to explore debate, media, speech, or theatre as well as those with significant previous experience in these fields. All classes are structured to demonstrate individual progression in skill, ability and knowledge. While some students will discover talents leading to careers in each discipline, many will find that our classes have the potential to enrich their lives through performance, study, and/or appreciation.

Students in the Media, Speech & Theatre Department will:

  • Collaborate and create as a community and team;
  • Develop and practice a process-oriented approach for improvement and growth;
  • Express and articulate nuanced opinions confidently and clearly;
  • Process and analyze audience feedback in a positive and productive manner;
  • Lead and support peers as coaches and directors
  • Apply and demonstrate skills in public presentations, performances, and competitions.

The Media, Speech & Theatre Department offers three distinct areas of study:

Media students examine and produce film, video, and audio content as trusted storytellers, ethical reporters, and effective team members. Students investigate current events, personal experiences, and differing points of view to become responsible citizen-artists. Students compose original work using sophisticated narrative skills and specialized equipment.

Speech and Debate students interrogate multiples perspectives, think critically, and advocate effectively. Students collaborate with others through stimulating intellectual engagement and respectful argumentation. Through deliberation, reasoning, and argumentation, speech and debate prepares students to overcome future challenges and helps them develop their own sense of self.

Theatre students study multiple perspectives to create and evaluate performance, dramatic literature, and design. Students build community with each other and with audiences by taking artistic risks, exploring the human experience, and working collaboratively toward a common goal. Students develop their social-emotional, performance, and writing skills through their coursework in the program.

Co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities:

Students in the Media, Speech & Theatre Department may build on their classroom experiences by participating in co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities in film, radio, and video broadcasting, interscholastic speech and debate competition, and theatrical performance, stagecraft, and design.