Stanford Invitational Tournament

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1-Week Individual Events Workout

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.

The 1-Week Individual Events Workout is designed for students who already have a strong skillset within the arena of Individual Events.  Due to the limited time available in only a week, experienced studetns are asked to come into the program with a piece in order to maximize the benefit of the program.

The primary purpose of the 1-Week Individual Events Workout is to accommodate students who are unable to attend the 2-Week Core Individual Events Program due to unavoidable scheduling constraints.  SNFI strongly suggests attending the 2-Week Core Individual Events Program instead of the 1-Week Individual Events Workout.  Note that the academic experience is not tailored to students attending the 1-Week Individual Events Workout, so students may arrive/depart in the middle of important materials without being at a logical start/stop point, and our staff is unable to make special accommodations for students who are departing early from or arrivaing late to the 2-Week Core Individual Events Program via enrollment in the 1-Week Individual Events Workout.

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

2018 1-Week Individual Events Workout Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2018 staff

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.

2017 1-Week Individual Events Workout 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:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Beth Clarke (Individual Events Instructor)

Beth Clarke, Individual Events Instructor

Beth is excited to be joining SNFI!  She is in her fifteenth year teaching and directing forensics at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix.  She is the president of the Arizona Speech and Debate Coaches Association, she serves on the NFHS speech and debate advisory board, and she has coached many national outround participants and finalists in extemporaneous speaking.  She has directed curriculum at several other camps in oratory and extemp and she is excitedly anticipating learning from and sharing with her students and instructors in Palo Alto come August. 

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Norberto Troncoso (IE Instructor)

Norberto Troncoso, IE Instructor

Norberto is a senior 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. He has also coached multiple state, CFL and NSDA national finalists in Interp. He is 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 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with degrees in Theatre & Psychological Science. She was the 2012-2013 California State Champion in Duo Interpretation along with her duo partner, Sarah Dahdouh. She has 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 and is familiar with the other public speaking events. In addition to her many speech titles Deb was 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 insights 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.

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 22nd - Jul 28th 9th-12th Stanford University $1,395.00 – $1,695.00
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Jul 29th - Aug 4th 9th-12th Stanford University $1,395.00 – $1,695.00
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Aug 5th - Aug 11th 9th-12th Stanford University $1,395.00 – $1,695.00
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