The stars of San Francisco’s Hamilton bring performance tips and personal stories to show the students of our 2019 Summer Debate Institute the power of debate.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in our 2019 Summer Debate Institute from July 22-26. Thank you to our hosts, Yerba Buena High School in San Jose, all the coaches and the stars from San Francisco’s Hamilton who inspired, challenged, and delighted participants across this week-long debate workshop. SVUDL was beyond thrilled to welcome San Francisco ‘Hamilton’ actors Morgan Anita Wood, DeAundre' Woods, Christopher Henry Young and Marja Harmon to day one of our Summer Debate Institute program. These four talented rising stars of Broadway shared valuable tips and tricks from the stage to help our students hone their debate skills, and KQED was there to capture it all!

View our photo gallery and read our latest blog post to learn more about the day’s activities. Check out KQED’s interview with the Hamilton stars.

 
 
 

KQED covered day one of our Summer Debate Institute and got the inside track from SF’s Hamilton stars on how acting and debating relate.

In the world of Broadway theatre, Mondays are known as “dark” days as rarely are shows performed on Mondays. What do talented performers cast in award-winning musicals do on their Monday days off in the SF Bay Area? Well, Christopher Henry Young, Morgan Anita Wood, Marja Harmon, and DeAundre Woods, all current cast members of the San Francisco tour of Hamilton, spent part of their day off on Monday, July 22 leading special workshops for students attending SVUDL’s 2019 week-long Summer Debate Institute!

KQED was there to capture all of the action and talked to the stars to get their insights on the power of debate and living your truth.

 

Meet the SVUDL Debate Leaders

Primavera Leal Martinez  has over 7 years of debate experience in both Lincoln Douglas and Policy Debate. She has worked with multiple Urban Debate Leagues as a Summer Debate Institute Lab Leader. As a college debater, Primavera was awarded many accolades, including receiving the All-American Debater award from the Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA).  In the fall of 2019, she will be pursuing her master's degree in communication studies from Fresno State, and she will be an assistant coach for the Barking Bulldogs Debate Team.

Primavera Leal Martinez has over 7 years of debate experience in both Lincoln Douglas and Policy Debate. She has worked with multiple Urban Debate Leagues as a Summer Debate Institute Lab Leader. As a college debater, Primavera was awarded many accolades, including receiving the All-American Debater award from the Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA).

In the fall of 2019, she will be pursuing her master's degree in communication studies from Fresno State, and she will be an assistant coach for the Barking Bulldogs Debate Team.

Saya Abney  started debating in middle school at the High Meadows School and competed through the Atlanta Urban Debate League. As a freshman in high school, she re-started, debated for, and coached the Riverwood High School debate team, reaching elimination rounds at both the Tournament of Champions (TOC) and the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) Championships in her senior year Although she started as a traditional policy debater, Saya began to focus on kritikal debate and performance debate in high school. Kritikal debate involves learning and debating about different theories of power, while the core of performance debate connects theory, community, and action. These gave Saya a greater appreciation for the transformative power of debate.  For the past few years she has been a lab leader with the Atlanta Urban Debate League debate camps and a regular judge at AUDL tournaments. She is currently an undergrad at UC Berkeley, double-majoring in Ethnic Studies and Data Science..

Saya Abney started debating in middle school at the High Meadows School and competed through the Atlanta Urban Debate League. As a freshman in high school, she re-started, debated for, and coached the Riverwood High School debate team, reaching elimination rounds at both the Tournament of Champions (TOC) and the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) Championships in her senior year Although she started as a traditional policy debater, Saya began to focus on kritikal debate and performance debate in high school. Kritikal debate involves learning and debating about different theories of power, while the core of performance debate connects theory, community, and action. These gave Saya a greater appreciation for the transformative power of debate.

For the past few years she has been a lab leader with the Atlanta Urban Debate League debate camps and a regular judge at AUDL tournaments. She is currently an undergrad at UC Berkeley, double-majoring in Ethnic Studies and Data Science..

Deven Cooper  is the Director of Debate for Beach Forensics, where he coaches a growing policy debate team. He was the Cross-Examination Debate Association National Champion in 2008, a CEDA finalist in 2009, and made it to the Elite 8 of the 2009 National Debate Tournament. After competing at Towson University, Cooper completed a M.A. degree in Communication Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he helped several teams quality to the National Debate Tournament and the elimination rounds of several major national tournaments. After completing his M.A., Cooper became the Director of Debate at Fresno State University, where he coached the first all black female team and first team in the school’s history to reach the Sweet 16 of the National Debate Tournament.

Deven Cooper is the Director of Debate for Beach Forensics, where he coaches a growing policy debate team. He was the Cross-Examination Debate Association National Champion in 2008, a CEDA finalist in 2009, and made it to the Elite 8 of the 2009 National Debate Tournament. After competing at Towson University, Cooper completed a M.A. degree in Communication Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he helped several teams quality to the National Debate Tournament and the elimination rounds of several major national tournaments. After completing his M.A., Cooper became the Director of Debate at Fresno State University, where he coached the first all black female team and first team in the school’s history to reach the Sweet 16 of the National Debate Tournament.