Do you want to…
• develop your speech skills?
• learn the art of effective delivery?
• concentrate on enhancing your performance?
• meet students with similar interests?
Choose to specialize in one of these areas:
• Humorous/Dramatic Interpretation
• Humorous/Dramatic Duet Acting
• Extemporaneous/Impromptu Speaking
• Original Comedy/Special Occasion Speaking
• Prose/Poetry Reading
• Original Oratory
• Oratorical Declamation
Develop and enhance your knowledge in a specific area of speech by selecting or writing speeches, honing research skills, memorizing pieces, and practicing the art of effective delivery. Improve your skills by watching and analyzing taped speeches, and enjoy the cooperative, noncompetitive spirit of this popular camp!
Speech Camp Director: Lisa Roth is the Director of Forensics at Northern Illinois University, and has worked with the program for 8 years. She coaches both debate and individual events. Lisa competed at both the high school and college level and is an award winning competitor and coach. She is the 2014 recipient of the NIU Dave Scheidecker Coaching Award, the 2014 recipient of the Grace Walsh Coaching Award, and is a council member of the National Forensics Association, the Mid American Forensics League, and the Lincoln Parliamentary Debate League.
Speech Camp Associate Director: Judy Santacaterina, an instructor in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University, has served as the director of Individual Events at Northern since 1980, and has taught at the junior high, high school, and university levels. She has been involved in Illinois forensics activities for the past 40 years and has been the director of the Speech Camp since it began in 1987. SHe is the recipient of the 2015 Illinois Communication and Theater Association's W.P. Sandford Award for her contributions to the field of Speech and Theater Education.
Summer Camp Fees: Residential campers $650 ($675 from 4/16-5/15 and $700 after 5/15); returning LA&S Academic Summer campers, multiple campers from the same household, or NIU employees are eligible for an additional $25 discount on request.
For more information contact College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming: call 815-753-5200 or e-mail LASEP@niu.edu
Housing and Security
Campers will stay in an on-campus residence hall. Campers may request a roommate, however, if they have no preference, roommates will be assigned from the same camp, of the same gender, and of approximately the same age. Male and female counselors reside on the same floor as the campers in a ratio of at least one counselor for every 13 campers. Each room has two beds, two desks, and closet with drawer space, AC unit, microwave and mini fridge. Linens and pillows are NOT supplied. Students must bring their own pillows, sleeping bags, linens, towels, etc.
Security is tight in the residence hall at night, and keys are needed to gain access to the room halls. The residence hall will be locked down at 11 p.m. Campers must not lose their keys. Replacement keys are billed to the parent/guardian at a cost of $10.00 per occurrence.
Frequently Asked Questions