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VASTA in Montréal! August 2-5 2015

Cirque des Voix/Circus of Voices

Hosted by Concordia University, Departments of Theatre and Dance

~ watch the conference announcement video here ~

For more information on the conference, click here.

We are counting down the days to “Cirque des Voix/Circus of Voices,” Conference in beautiful Montréal, August 2-5, 2015!    

Rooms and space are almost full — our original room block is SOLD OUT. We were able to negotiate a new block of rooms at Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth at our special rate, but only until JULY 3rd.  Be sure to register for the conference and book your room!

When registering for the conference, be sure to log-in to first, then go to the Conferences Tab and choose VASTA Conference Montréal 2015. To book your room at Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, click here.  We have an outstanding rate of $179 CAD ($143 USD), which applies to both single and double occupancy rooms.

We are honored to host Master Presenter Judith Koltai, who will teach “The Pleasure of the Text.” Ms. Koltai is the initiator and founder of the integrative discipline Embodied Practice®  and the Professional Guild and Masterclass  of Embodied Practice® .

Keynote Speaker, François Grisé, will open our ceremonies with "To speak ma langue.”  Grisé is a trained actor, who works as a bilingual voice, speech, dialect and communication specialist. He will also facilitate an informal talkback exploring the inner truth of language.

Register now! Don’t miss amazing performances by Mump & Smoot: Clowns of Horror and Inuit Throat Singers, Heidi Langille and Lynda Brown (plus, learn how to throat sing yourself)! You may also want to do a bit of performing at our Identity Cabaret—Contact Judith Shahn at for more information.

And of course, you’re sure to be inspired with a truly incredible array of member workshops, papers and panels...

Go on, join the won’t regret it.

Online registration is closed, but you can still attend the conference! Please email Kristi Dana, Associate Conference Director, at 

This conference follows ATHE, and will also be the shorter format (similar to Minneapolis).  Our official hotel is the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth and we are generously being hosted by the departments of Theatre and Dance at Concordia University.

Registration will be Sunday August 2nd, beginning at 1pm.  

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If you would like to volunteer time or have some particular ideas for content, please contact Pamela Prather, ( for 2015. 


Member Initiatives

Statement of Teaching Philosophy Support Group

One of the great things our members do is try to support one another for self-improvement.  VASTA Member, Diane Robinson, saw a need to help people in developing their teaching philosophy statements. For anyone in Academia, this can be a serious undertaking because it is often a part of Tenure & Promotion Materials, so she asked members of our listserv, VASTAvox, if they would like to work with one another in helping one another develop a teaching philosophy.  This has grown into the Statement of Teaching Philosophy Support Group.

If you are interested in being a part of these discussions, please contact the Tech Director. You will be added,  begin receiving email messages, and have access to VASTA's Google Apps Group. 


VASTA is a Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). For more information visit

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