Develop Your Best Self(ie)

Luminari’s newest camp, Speak & Tell!, is a unique and fun blend of performance art, audience engagement techniques, guest presentations, breathing exercises and confidence-boosting activities that will help teens shed their fear of speaking in public. This four-day summer camp is perfect for rising 8th to 12th graders who shy away from social events, but it’s also for those students who are looking for an extra edge in developing their presentation skills.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines personality as “the set of emotional qualities that makes a person different from other people (qualities such as energy, friendliness, and humor).” Simply put, it is the behaviors one exhibits in social situations. Maybe not too surprisingly then, the origin of the word personality comes from the Latin word persona, which translates to “social mask.” An important part of public speaking is finding one’s own unique voice that plays to his or her strengths. Experienced speakers know this and use a variety of techniques to connect with their audiences while letting their authentic selves shine through.

To develop their own public speaking personas, campers will learn from and work with noted Pittsburgh-area TV, Sports and Theater professionals who will present Master Classes that prove public speaking can be fun.

Meet our camp thespian and Master Class instructor: TIM HARTMAN

Tim Hartman, is a native Pittsburgher, and has been professionally acting, singing, writing, cartooning and storytelling since 1982. Though known primarily for his work on the stage, including appearances on Broadway in “A Tale of Two Cities” and the Tony nominated “Finian’s Rainbow”, Tim’s favorite job is telling stories to children and family audiences for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, where it is estimated he has performed for over 2 million children over a thirty year period. Other favorite roles include C.S. Lewis in the Pittsburgh premier of “Shadowlands”, Don Quixote in “The Man of La Mancha” and Daddy Warbucks in “Annie”. Film roles include “Silence of the Lambs”, “The Mothman Prophecies”, “The Piano Lesson”, “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” and the film “The Fault in our Stars”. Tim is also an award-winning political cartoonist and his cartoons appear in 30 newspapers across Pennsylvania. Learn more about Tim at

Meet our resident Sports Journalist and Master Class instructor: STAN SAVRAN

Stan Savran joined FSN in 1992, and is one of the most respected sportscasters in Pittsburgh and serves as the primary host of Pirates and Penguins pregame shows. During football season, Savran hosts The Mike Tomlin Show and the Mike Tomlin Press Conference on FSN Pittsburgh. Honored in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Savran celebrates over 35 years of experience in the Pittsburgh sports arena.


We’re registering students now for Speak& Tell! Have fun winning over an audience, develop your personality, and conquer stage fright this summer. To learn more about Luminari and all of its teen summer camps, call (412) 877 – 1888 or visit for more information.
, call (412) 877 – 1888 or visit for more information.