Stanford Invitational Tournament

May 31st is the Preferred Enrollment Deadline.  We still have space in most of our programs, however we can't guarantee how long spaces will be available.  If you're planning to attend, we strongly suggest that you sign up soon!

View our 2017 programs schedule.  Not sure which program to choose?  Review our "How to pick the right program" guide.

1-Week Introduction to Competitive Speech

Competitive speech is a very powerful activity which teaches students many skills which are in high demand in the contemporary world: public speaking, research skills, writing and logical thinking!  Students in this session will learn the bedrock theories and methods necessary to enter the world of competitive speech.  There will also be an introduction to the major standardized competitive speech events which are offered at high schools around the nation.

The goal of this session is to cover some of the foundational basics which normally require a sizeable portion of time for beginning students during one of our 2-Week Core sessions.  While these are critical skills to learn, the time that's necessary to learn these skills restricts the amount of progress that beginning students can make in our other programs.  After completing this session a student will be prepared to enter any of our subsequent speech sessions at a level beyond novice/beginner and will be prepared to make a more informed choice about which speech event would be the best fit for their interests.  

This program represents a great opportunity for students to try competitive speech and to learn the necessary skills without committing to a particular speech event for multiple weeks.  Students in the 1-Week Introduction to Competitive Speech program are prepared to continue onto the 2-Week Core Individual Program or the 3-Week Individual Events Experience Program immediately after the conclusion of the session.

For students interested in debate events rather than speech events, please see the information on our 1-Week Introduction to Argumentation & Debate program.


2017 1-Week Introduction to Competitive Speech 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 - 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


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 1-Week Introduction to Competitive Speech Staff Members Included:



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 16th - Jul 22nd 9th-12th Stanford University $1,350.00 – $1,650.00
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