Stanford Invitational Tournament

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2-Week Core Individual Events Program

Start your season with us and experience national championship caliber coaching combined with the highest caliber resources all in the beautiful, safe and relaxing atmosphere of the Stanford University campus. Our challenging curriculum ensures that speakers starting out their forensic careers will learn the basic skills necessary to become competitive immediately while providing them with a firm foundation for growth. Experienced speakers will master advanced techniques to improve their performances and make them more successful at local, state and national competitions.

Program Curriculum: SNFI features an experienced faculty prepared to provide students with an exceptional educational experience in any event. Unlike many individual events camps which require students to pay extra to work on a second event, at SNFI students can choose one major event AND attend electives on other events during their time at camp for the same low price!

Students will primarily focus on their “major event” and can expect to leave SNFI with that event “tournament ready.” Students will have the option to attend several elective seminars in which they will have the option to work on a minor event. Focus on the electives/minor evenst will be in theory, piece selection and speaking exercises, but students should not expect to leave camp with a prepared piece from any electives/minors chosen .

Courses of Study: Extemp,;Original Oratory; Original Advocacy; Dramatic Interp, Humorous Interp; Duo Interp (Both students must attend); Prose; Poetry; Oratorical Interp; Expository Speaking; Thematic Interp; Impromptu Speaking or Original Prose and Poetry*

*Note: Additional events based on regional requirements may be added upon request


2017 2-Week Core Individual Events Program Staff Members Include:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Luis Cardenas (Division Director, Individual Events)

Luis Cardenas, Division Director, Individual Events

With combined winning experience of over 40 years, Sarah Rosenberg and Luis Cardenas have coached students to hundreds of final rounds across the country. Their students have won DUO at CFL Nationals and have tied for 1st in DUO at NFL Nationals twice. They have had over 30 National Finalists at both CFL and NFL and have won countless State Championships in California, New York, Philadelphia and Florida. Current projects center on The Festival of New American Musicals and Future Fest, working with composers such as Stephen Schwartz, Jeff Marx, Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim. NYC credits include the Off-Broadway musicals Fools in Love and Tempest Toss'd, one a doo-wop re imagining of A Midsummer Nights Dream and the other, a re imagining of The Tempest.  Both are designed to  make watching Shakepeare a family event and have won rave reviews in major newspapers across the country. These musicals have also been showcased at BAM, The New York Musical Theater Festival, El Portal, Theatre Row in Hollywood, and The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO. they also have a new professional theater company in New York City called Open Hydrant. This is the first Equity ensemble theater company in the Bronx serving under-served artists. Their work also can be seen in the new film, Shakespeare High Executive Produced by Kevin Spacey, which premiered at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and will premiere on Showtime this fall. Rosie/Lou have coached for Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science, Florida Forensic Institute, Bronx Prep, Holy Ghost Prep, San Marino High School, Cleveland High School, James Logan and The PUC Schools. For more info visit: www.shakespearehigh.org  www.lafestival.org http://thepoint.org http://openhydrant.org


Stanford National Forensic Institute - C. Ryan Joyce (Division Director, Middle School Speech & IE Instructor)

C. Ryan Joyce, Division Director, Middle School Speech & IE Instructor

Ryan had been part of speech and debate for over 20 years as a middle school, high school and college competitor and coach, an instructor at camps such as Interprod, FFI, GMIF, and UTNIF, a coach with various nationally recognized programs across the country (Logan High School, CA, Stuyvesant High School, NY and Holy Ghost Prep, PA), and as the Director of Forensics at Phoenix Country Day School, AZ. A former 3-time high school national finalist himself (Duo/OO), Ryan has had the privilege of working with and learning from some of the most interesting middle and high school students from a variety of backgrounds - culminating in over 25 national finalist and 4 NSDA High School National Champions and 4 NSDA Middle School National Champions.  This past year (2016), Phoenix Country Day School was awarded a School of Excellence in Speech at NSDA High School Nationals and the Overall School of Excellence for Speech & Debate at the NSDA Middle School Nationals in only their 3rd year as a Middle and High School team. However, the accolades are not why we do this "sport," rather it is the moments of contemplation, the passionate researching, the character development, the voice coming to life, and the personal and meaningful message being delivered that continue to inspire Ryan - the students make speech and debate what it is!  While building his program at Phoenix Country Day, Ryan also serves as the PCDS Director of Advancement in charge of school fundraising.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Paxton Attridge (Individual Events Instructor)

Paxton Attridge, Individual Events Instructor

The 2017-2018 season will be my 10th year of involvement in forensics. While competing for Tempe Preparatory Academy, I reached the final round of Impromptu Speaking at the Cal Berkeley Invitational, and as a member of Arizona State University's team, I placed 5th in Improptu at the AFA National Individual Events Tournament and 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking at the NFA Tournament, along with various national elimination rounds in Duo Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, and Rhetorical Criticism. I coached for my high school alma mater for four years, assisting students in winning several state titles, qualifying to nationals, and reaching elimination rounds at the UKTOC and NSDA National Tournament in Impromptu, Extemporaneous, and Original Oratory. While coaching for my alma mater university, my students reached final rounds in Extemporaenous, Impromptu, Prose, and Rhetorical Criticism at the AFA-NIET, National Speech Championship, and NFA Tournament, including championships in the Limited Preparation events. The discipline and creativity that coaches can help their students develop in every event (though with some bias toward the Limited Prep events on my part) aren't inherent talent, they're skills that can be taught, and so I fervently believe in approaching any event I'm coaching with detail, positivity, and a goal - that my students learn something from every single practice speech.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Sheridan Johnson (Individual Events Instructor)

Sheridan Johnson, Individual Events Instructor

Sheridan Johnson is the speech coach for Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico.  She has been lucky enough to spend five years working with the students there, and she loves it!  She is a graduate of St. Andrews University in Scotland and an award winning stage actress.  Currently she produces a television show for Open Source Comedy Network called "The NM Inquisition."  She's coached mutliple national finalists, including finalists in Original Oratory, HI, and Prose.  Most of all, Sheridan looks forward to working with all of you!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Christopher Jordan (Individual Events Instructor)

Christopher Jordan, Individual Events Instructor

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Stanford National Forensic Institute - Sarah Rosenberg (IE Instructor)

Sarah Rosenberg, IE Instructor

With combined winning experience of over 40 years, Sarah Rosenberg and Luis Cardenas have coached students to hundreds of final rounds across the country. Their students have won DUO at CFL Nationals and have tied for 1st in DUO at NFL Nationals twice. They have had over 30 National Finalists at both CFL and NFL and have won countless State Championships in California, New York, Philadelphia and Florida. Current projects center on The Festival of New American Musicals and Future Fest, working with composers such as Stephen Schwartz, Jeff Marx, Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim. NYC credits include the Off-Broadway musicals Fools in Love and Tempest Toss'd, one a doo-wop re imagining of A Midsummer Nights Dream and the other, a re imagining of The Tempest.  Both are designed to  make watching Shakepeare a family event and have won rave reviews in major newspapers across the country. These musicals have also been showcased at BAM, The New York Musical Theater Festival, El Portal, Theatre Row in Hollywood, and The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO. Their work also can be seen in the new film, Shakespeare High Executive Produced by Kevin Spacey, which premiered at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and will premiere on Showtime this fall. Rosie/Lou have coached for Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science, Florida Forensic Institute, Bronx Prep, Holy Ghost Prep, San Marino High School, Cleveland High School, James Logan and The PUC Schools. For more info visit: www.shakespearehigh.org.  www.lafestival.org.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Fargo Tbakhi (Individual Events Instructor)

Fargo Tbakhi, Individual Events Instructor

Fargo Tbakhi is a junior at Arizona State University studying theatre. He coaches at McClintock High School and at Phoenix Country Day Middle School, as well as the Southwest Speech and Debate Institute. As a coach, he has helped produce several national champions, finalists, and semi-finalists on the middle school circuit, and Harvard finalists, state champions and national qualifiers on the high school circuit. As a competitor, he was a National finalist in Dramatic Interpretation at the 2015 NSDA Nationals, as well as a Harvard finalist and three time state champion.  


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Norberto Troncoso (IE Instructor)

Norberto Troncoso, IE Instructor

Norberto is a junior at Pace University and coaches at Bronx Prep and Democracy Prep Public Schools in New York. He competed in Speech & Debate in high school, being a finalist at various national invitationals such as Stanford, Columbia, Yale and GMU, holding two State Championships in Duo and Impromptu, taking 2nd in the nation in Dramatic Performance and winning the Pace University Collegiate Amateur Night Competition. He is also a member of the Actors Equity Association and as a founding member of Open Hydrant Theater Company has performed at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, The Michael Schimmel Theater, Lincoln Center,  54 Below and the New York International Fringe Festival


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Deb Witherspoon (IE Instructor)

Deb Witherspoon, IE Instructor

Deborah Witherspoon is a senior at Gustavus Adolphus College. Deb graduated from James Logan High school in 2013. She was the 2012-2013 California State Champion in Duo Interpretation along with her duo partner, Sarah Dahdouh. She has also won 5 National titles in the Duo and Duet catagories (three NIETOC titles, one CFL title and one NFL title.) Deb also has experience with the Dramatic, Humorous, Prose, and Poetry events as well as most of the public speaking events. In addition to her many speech titles Deb has also been a huge part of the Theatre and Dance Department at her college and has been an integral part of most of the main stage plays in her college career. Recently, Deb studied abroad in London, England which gave her new insight to the acting world. She returned with inspired ideas and techniques that she is excited to share with her students and colleagues. Her many accolades and experiences have given her the opportunity to learn from the best and she hopes to return the favor by being a creative, dedicated, and encouraging coach and mentor.


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date.


2016 2-Week Core Individual Events Program Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Luis Cardenas (Division Director, Individual Events)

Luis Cardenas, Division Director, Individual Events

With combined winning experience of over 40 years, Sarah Rosenberg and Luis Cardenas have coached students to hundreds of final rounds across the country. Their students have won DUO at CFL Nationals and have tied for 1st in DUO at NFL Nationals twice. They have had over 30 National Finalists at both CFL and NFL and have won countless State Championships in California, New York, Philadelphia and Florida. Current projects center on The Festival of New American Musicals and Future Fest, working with composers such as Stephen Schwartz, Jeff Marx, Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim. NYC credits include the Off-Broadway musicals Fools in Love and Tempest Toss'd, one a doo-wop re imagining of A Midsummer Nights Dream and the other, a re imagining of The Tempest.  Both are designed to  make watching Shakepeare a family event and have won rave reviews in major newspapers across the country. These musicals have also been showcased at BAM, The New York Musical Theater Festival, El Portal, Theatre Row in Hollywood, and The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO. they also have a new professional theater company in New York City called Open Hydrant. This is the first Equity ensemble theater company in the Bronx serving under-served artists. Their work also can be seen in the new film, Shakespeare High Executive Produced by Kevin Spacey, which premiered at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and will premiere on Showtime this fall. Rosie/Lou have coached for Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science, Florida Forensic Institute, Bronx Prep, Holy Ghost Prep, San Marino High School, Cleveland High School, James Logan and The PUC Schools. For more info visit: www.shakespearehigh.org  www.lafestival.org http://thepoint.org http://openhydrant.org


Stanford National Forensic Institute - C. Ryan Joyce (Division Director, Middle School Speech & IE Instructor)

C. Ryan Joyce, Division Director, Middle School Speech & IE Instructor

Ryan had been part of speech and debate for over 20 years as a middle school, high school and college competitor and coach, an instructor at camps such as Interprod, FFI, GMIF, and UTNIF, a coach with various nationally recognized programs across the country (Logan High School, CA, Stuyvesant High School, NY and Holy Ghost Prep, PA), and as the Director of Forensics at Phoenix Country Day School, AZ. A former 3-time high school national finalist himself (Duo/OO), Ryan has had the privilege of working with and learning from some of the most interesting middle and high school students from a variety of backgrounds - culminating in over 25 national finalist and 4 NSDA High School National Champions and 4 NSDA Middle School National Champions.  This past year (2016), Phoenix Country Day School was awarded a School of Excellence in Speech at NSDA High School Nationals and the Overall School of Excellence for Speech & Debate at the NSDA Middle School Nationals in only their 3rd year as a Middle and High School team. However, the accolades are not why we do this "sport," rather it is the moments of contemplation, the passionate researching, the character development, the voice coming to life, and the personal and meaningful message being delivered that continue to inspire Ryan - the students make speech and debate what it is!  While building his program at Phoenix Country Day, Ryan also serves as the PCDS Director of Advancement in charge of school fundraising.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Lizzette Marrero (IE Instructor)

Lizzette Marrero, IE Instructor

Lizzette Marrero just completed her undergraduate career at the University of Texas at Austin, obtaining her degrees in Government and International Relations with a minor in Latin American Studies.  Lizzette is continuing her education at George Washington University in the fall. She has been a Historian on the University of Texas Speech team for the 2014-2015 season. Lizzette is a two time national champion in Duo interpretation and has had multiple out-rounds appearances in After Dinner Speaking and Poetry interpretation. Before entering college she attended high school in Fort Worth, where she was a TFA state runner up in Congress. She is excited to work with the students at SNFI!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - James Qian (IE Instructor)

James Qian, IE Instructor

James Qian coaches speech and debate at Brophy College Preparatory and Phoenix Country Day School in Phoenix, Arizona. James has coached competitors to deep elimination rounds at NSDA nationals in both Extemporaneous and Impromptu, including the national runner up in Middle School Extemp in 2016. As a competitor for Arizona State University, James was the 2015 AFA college national champion in Impromptu speaking, and placed 3rd in Extemp at NFA nationals, completing his career with 3 finals in Extemp and 3 finals in Impromptu. He has also reached national elimination rounds in Persuasive Speaking, After Dinner, Informative, and Rhetorical Criticism. In High School, James competed for Tempe Preparatory Academy, where he reached NSDA outrounds in International Extemp and Congress, and won state championships in Public Forum and Extemp. He also qualified multiple events to the TOC and accumulated more than 2300 NFL points. James has previously been a staff member at UTNIF and GMIF, and is very excited to continue working at SNFI.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Arel Rende (IE Instructor)

Arel Rende, IE Instructor

Arel is a rising junior on the University of Texas, where he is majoring in Finance and competing on the UT Speech Team. During his freshman year, Arel advanced to national final rounds in both Extemporaneous and Impromptu speaking, placing as national runner-up in Extemp. This was followed by two final round apperences in Extemporaneous speaking during his sophomore year. In high school, Arel was the two time United States Extemp NFL/NSDA National Champion, a four-time state champion in his home state of Oklahoma, and the champion of multiple nationally renowned tournaments such as St. Mark’s and Harvard. Arel is excited to be returning for his second year at SNFI. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Sarah Rosenberg (IE Instructor)

Sarah Rosenberg, IE Instructor

With combined winning experience of over 40 years, Sarah Rosenberg and Luis Cardenas have coached students to hundreds of final rounds across the country. Their students have won DUO at CFL Nationals and have tied for 1st in DUO at NFL Nationals twice. They have had over 30 National Finalists at both CFL and NFL and have won countless State Championships in California, New York, Philadelphia and Florida. Current projects center on The Festival of New American Musicals and Future Fest, working with composers such as Stephen Schwartz, Jeff Marx, Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim. NYC credits include the Off-Broadway musicals Fools in Love and Tempest Toss'd, one a doo-wop re imagining of A Midsummer Nights Dream and the other, a re imagining of The Tempest.  Both are designed to  make watching Shakepeare a family event and have won rave reviews in major newspapers across the country. These musicals have also been showcased at BAM, The New York Musical Theater Festival, El Portal, Theatre Row in Hollywood, and The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO. Their work also can be seen in the new film, Shakespeare High Executive Produced by Kevin Spacey, which premiered at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and will premiere on Showtime this fall. Rosie/Lou have coached for Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science, Florida Forensic Institute, Bronx Prep, Holy Ghost Prep, San Marino High School, Cleveland High School, James Logan and The PUC Schools. For more info visit: www.shakespearehigh.org.  www.lafestival.org.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Norberto Troncoso (IE Instructor)

Norberto Troncoso, IE Instructor

Norberto is a junior at Pace University and coaches at Bronx Prep and Democracy Prep Public Schools in New York. He competed in Speech & Debate in high school, being a finalist at various national invitationals such as Stanford, Columbia, Yale and GMU, holding two State Championships in Duo and Impromptu, taking 2nd in the nation in Dramatic Performance and winning the Pace University Collegiate Amateur Night Competition. He is also a member of the Actors Equity Association and as a founding member of Open Hydrant Theater Company has performed at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, The Michael Schimmel Theater, Lincoln Center,  54 Below and the New York International Fringe Festival


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Deb Witherspoon (IE Instructor)

Deb Witherspoon, IE Instructor

Deborah Witherspoon is a senior at Gustavus Adolphus College. Deb graduated from James Logan High school in 2013. She was the 2012-2013 California State Champion in Duo Interpretation along with her duo partner, Sarah Dahdouh. She has also won 5 National titles in the Duo and Duet catagories (three NIETOC titles, one CFL title and one NFL title.) Deb also has experience with the Dramatic, Humorous, Prose, and Poetry events as well as most of the public speaking events. In addition to her many speech titles Deb has also been a huge part of the Theatre and Dance Department at her college and has been an integral part of most of the main stage plays in her college career. Recently, Deb studied abroad in London, England which gave her new insight to the acting world. She returned with inspired ideas and techniques that she is excited to share with her students and colleagues. Her many accolades and experiences have given her the opportunity to learn from the best and she hopes to return the favor by being a creative, dedicated, and encouraging coach and mentor.




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