Stanford Invitational Tournament
Thanks for joining us this summer!  Please return to our website later this fall to see the dates of our 2020 programs.  We expect to have dates posted and camp enrollment for summer 2020 open by approximately mid-October.

2-Week Core Oratory 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* Limited Preparation Events: This track includes extemporaneous speaking, commentary and impromptu speaking. Students will focus on strategies to make the most out of prep time while working to develop skills necessary for both effective argumentation and delivery. Significant time will be spent mastering thesis development, research skills and introductions, as well as fine-tuning skillls that seperate competitors in final rounds. In addition, all students in the extemp lab will take part in lecture and discussion focused on today’s most relevant events, and will explore topics pertinent to both US and international extemp. Oratory/Writing Events: This track includes original oratory, original advocacy, exoposity/informative, etc.  Students will work to select a topic area, progress through the drafting and refinement of the writing that underlies their performative piece, and practice the delivery.  The program provides an in-depth focus on the entire process from start to finish. Interpretative Events: This track includes humorous interp, dramatic interp, duo interp (both students must be present), thematic interp, oratorical interp, prose/poetry. Interp students will learn how to choose an appropriate performance piece, cut it down to fit the event requirement and then how to bring it to life through a variety of interpretive techniques. In addition to learning competitive techniques, students will participate in lab activities and lectures which will help them develop their interpretive skills. *Note: Additional events based on regional requirements may be added upon request

2020 2-Week Core Oratory Events Program Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2020 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.


2019 2-Week Core Oratory Events Program Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Luis Cardenas (Competitive Speech Programs Coordinator)

Luis Cardenas, Competitive Speech Programs Coordinator

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 - Natalie Polanco (Instructor)

Natalie Polanco, 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!



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