Stanford Invitational Tournament

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3-Week Individual Events Experience

The 3-Week Individual Events Experience combines the 2-Week Core Individual Events Program and the 1-Week Individual Events Workout.  See the respective pages for more information.

The 3-Week Individual Events Experience allows students more time to perfect their piece, work on a second piece, or focus on a second major event during the additional week.


2019 3-Week Individual Events Experience 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 - Paxton Attridge (Individual Events Instructor)

Paxton Attridge, Individual Events Instructor

The 2018-2019 season will be Paxton's 11th year of involvement in forensics. While competing for Tempe Preparatory Academy, Paxton reached the final round of Impromptu Speaking at the Cal Berkeley Invitational, and as a member of Arizona State University's team placed 5th in Improptu at the AFA National Individual Events Tournament, 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking at the NFA Tournament, and reached various national elimination rounds in Duo Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, and Rhetorical Criticism. Paxton coached for his 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, his 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. Paxton believes that the discipline and creativity that coaches can help their students develop in every event (particularly the LPs) aren't inherent talent, they're skills that can be taught, and so he approaches the events that he coaches with detail, positivity, and a goal - that his students learn something from every single practice speech.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Stephen Durosaiye (Individual Events Instructor)

Stephen Durosaiye, Individual Events Instructor

Stephen Durosaiye is a rising junior at George Mason University. Apart from being a part of the outstanding student body at Mason, he is also a proud member of the Mason Forensics Team. In High School, he was awarded multiple national awards and saw various final stages doing DUO and HI. In college, Stephen and his partner were awarded first place in DUO interpretation at last year's AFA. Stephen is an alumni of Bronx Preparatory and a former student of Rosie and Lou in High School. He hopes to become an actor in the future and wishes to use this camp as a learning experience. Lastly, Stephen was a SNFI camper as a high school student and is beyond excited to be working at Stanford's Camp this summer!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Iain Lampert (IE Instructor)

Iain Lampert, IE Instructor

Iain Lampert recently graduated UCLA with a degree in Political Science. In high school, he won the California State championship in Impromptu Speaking, as well as the most league and invitational Impromptu titles in the state's history.  In college, he won two National Championships in Mock Trial.  He's coached back-to-back California State champions AND runners-up, two 2014 National finalists, as well as Berkeley, Stanford, Cal Lutheran, Bruschke, and CSU Long Beach Champions in Impromptu Speaking.   Iain works at Valley International Prep, La Reina, Nova 42, CHAMPS Charter, Dougherty Valley, Los Angeles CES, and 3P Speech.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Kim Lee (IE Instructor)

Kim Lee, IE Instructor

Kimberly Lee is a current undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, studying Corporate Communications. She is on the Texas Speech Team in college, and has reached multiple outrounds at NFA and AFA, and is a finalist at HFO and AFA. In high school, Kimberly championed NSDA in DI, as well as championing UKTOC, Princeton, Yale, Bronx, and Glenbrooks several times throughout her career in POI and DI. She is also a 3x Harvard-finalist in DI as well. Kimberly is incredibly excited to join the Stanford staff!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Natalie Polanco (Public Forum Instructor)

Natalie Polanco, Public Forum Instructor

Natalie is the Director of Forensics at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. With a wide range of experience in the activity, she has overseen the growth of Packer’s first-ever Speech & Debate Team to include 14 active competitors in only its second year of existence. Her students were co-champions in Varsity Public Forum, finalists and quarterfinalists in Junior Varsity Public Forum, and octafinalists in Novice Public Forum at the 2019 Westchester Classic, earning a total of five speaker awards. In addition to qualifying for this year’s Tournament of Champions and NCFL Grand Nationals, her students advanced to elimination rounds at Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, and Bronx Science. Natalie represented student interests as a member of the NSDA’s Public Forum Ad Hoc Committee, which was tasked with evaluating a number of proposed changes to the event, and currently serves on the Public Forum Wording Committee. She looks forward to spending another summer at SNFI!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Sarah Rosenberg (Individual Events Instructor)

Sarah Rosenberg, Individual Events 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 graduate of Pace University's Business program 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 (adultwork), 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.


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.


2018 3-Week Individual Events Experience 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 - Paxton Attridge (Individual Events Instructor)

Paxton Attridge, Individual Events Instructor

The 2018-2019 season will be Paxton's 11th year of involvement in forensics. While competing for Tempe Preparatory Academy, Paxton reached the final round of Impromptu Speaking at the Cal Berkeley Invitational, and as a member of Arizona State University's team placed 5th in Improptu at the AFA National Individual Events Tournament, 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking at the NFA Tournament, and reached various national elimination rounds in Duo Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, and Rhetorical Criticism. Paxton coached for his 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, his 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. Paxton believes that the discipline and creativity that coaches can help their students develop in every event (particularly the LPs) aren't inherent talent, they're skills that can be taught, and so he approaches the events that he coaches with detail, positivity, and a goal - that his students learn something from every single practice speech.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Stephen Durosaiye (Individual Events Instructor)

Stephen Durosaiye, Individual Events Instructor

Stephen Durosaiye is a rising junior at George Mason University. Apart from being a part of the outstanding student body at Mason, he is also a proud member of the Mason Forensics Team. In High School, he was awarded multiple national awards and saw various final stages doing DUO and HI. In college, Stephen and his partner were awarded first place in DUO interpretation at last year's AFA. Stephen is an alumni of Bronx Preparatory and a former student of Rosie and Lou in High School. He hopes to become an actor in the future and wishes to use this camp as a learning experience. Lastly, Stephen was a SNFI camper as a high school student and is beyond excited to be working at Stanford's Camp this summer!


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

Christopher Jordan, Individual Events Instructor

I was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, attended Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, and am now a rising senior at Arizona State University. In high school I competed in Extemp and Lincoln-Douglas Debate (and dabbled in Congress), and now coach for both the Brophy high school team and the Phoenix Country Day School middle school team. I love coaching and the kids always come first, except Sunday nights when Game of Thrones is on. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Sarah Rosenberg (Individual Events Instructor)

Sarah Rosenberg, Individual Events 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 graduate of Pace University's Business program 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 - Alex Wakefield (Congress Instructor)

Alex Wakefield, Congress Instructor

Alex Wakefield will be entering his second year as an Economics major at Arizona State University this fall, after a year of coaching speech and debate for Phoenix Country Day Middle School and Desert Vista High School. In his first year coaching, he has coached a Middle School Congressional Debate National Champion, a High School Congressional Debate National Finalist in the House, and two Congressional Debate finalists at the Tournament of Champions. As a competitor at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona, he competed in Congressional Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Through his high school career, he was an Arizona State Champion in Public Forum Debate and two-time Congressional Debate National Finalist, finishing in the top 6 his senior year. That same year, he competed in several final rounds at National level tournaments, including the Tournament of Champions. Outside of debate, Alex loves sports, music, and politics.


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 (adultwork), 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.




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