The mission of the Media, Speech & Theatre Department is to:

  • inspire curiosity, inquiry, and creativity;
  • foster empathy, collaboration, and self-esteem; and
  • promote free expression, passion for art, and the pursuit of excellence.


Disciplined study of media, speech, and theatre provides a path to a comprehensive understanding of the individual within the global community. Students who pursue excellence in communicative arts are more confident taking personal and professional risks, grow from seeking out and legitimizing different perspectives, and embrace opportunities to both struggle with old ideas and create new work.


Upon successful completion of any course within the Media, Speech & Theatre Department, the student should be able to:

  • collaborate effectively in diverse situations and groups
  • respond to others with empathy and compassion
  • reason critically
  • articulate thought meaningfully
  • select mindfully
  • express ideas artistically
  • apply diverse resources and methods to their work

Special Activities

Broad-based after school Theatre Program since 1903. In collaboration with the Performing Arts Division, the department offers:

  • Five fully produced plays and musicals each year, including the student-produced variety show, Lagniappe-Potpourri
  • Three workshop theatre productions each year
  • Student-directed play festival each spring
  • Two improvisation troupes
  • Leadership opportunities for stagecraft and design students
  • Leadership opportunities for directing and theatre education students

Nationally recognized Speech and Debate Program since 1905.

  • Curricular and extracurricular student experiences in Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate, Public Forum, and Individual Events
  • Team participation in nearly 60 interscholastic competitions each year
  • Multiple national, state, regional and local championships and awards

Multi-faceted Media Program:

  • Student-run radio station, WNTH, since 1960
  • Television Studio, with 3-camera virtual environment capability
  • Professional grade editing software and camera equipment

Memberships and Organizations:

  • American Alliance of Theatre Educators
  • Catholic Forensic League
  • Educational Theatre Association
  • Illinois Congressional Debate Association
  • Illinois High School Association
  • Illinois Speech and Theatre Association
  • International Thespian Society
  • National Forensic League