An international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession.

The Conference Schedule is now AVAILABLE

This year, we will be using SCHED for managing our conference schedule! With SCHED, you will be able to stay up-to-date with program changes, create/edit your own online profiles, and save the link as a widget on your phone! Access our SCHED here: 

For a peek at the VASTA Schedule At-A-Glance, please check out this link: Complete information about Member Presentation Bios, Workshop Descriptions, and the full Workshop Schedule will be in the printed program and on our SCHED site.

NOTE: DO NOT go to the app store to get SCHED. The website link functions like an app and you can sign in from your laptop and/or save the link to the home screen on your phone.

Sched Questions?  Please email

Trying to figure out where to stay for the Chicago Conference? Look no further!

Where to Stay in Chicago

Conference Registration is now OPEN

For the 2016 VASTA Conference
To be held in Chicago, IL, at The Theatre School, DePaul University


Dynamic Dialogues and Connections

August 8-11, 2016

VASTA’s 30th anniversary returns to Chicago, where ATHE (the Association for Theatre in Higher Education) is also observing its 30th anniversary immediately following the VASTA Conference. The VASTA Conference will be located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, North of the Chicago “Loop” downtown area. Lincoln Park is full of tree-lined streets, as well as restaurants and other amenities. Lincoln Park is a “L” train-ride away from all that Chicago has to offer, including the venue for the ATHE Conference, the Palmer House Hilton.

Clyde Vinson Scholarship Recipient 2016

The VASTA Awards and Grants Committee is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Clyde Vinson Memorial Scholarship is Ann Louise Wolf.  Her mentor, Mary Irwin, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, nominated Ann Louise.   Ann Louise holds a BFA in stage management from UNC School of the Arts and is a 2016 candidate for the MFA from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Voice Studies.  She currently holds a junior faculty appointment at UNC School of the Arts, where she is teaching and coaching voice and dialects.  Although not a deciding factor in the review of her application, it is noteworthy that Mary Irwin studied with Clyde Vinson and was a past recipient of this scholarship in her early career. In her nomination letter, Mary commended Ann Louise’s work in dialect coaching for her “great sensitivity, artistry and precision-all qualities essential for success in this field.”


The Committee congratulates Ann Louise Wolf and Mary Irwin.   In addition, the committee found all of the applications indicated that VASTA has remarkable early career members with potential for great accomplishments.  

-Barry M. Kur
Awards and Grants Committee Chair



VASTA presented a lively, exciting conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada Aug 2-5, 2015. The theme was “Cirque des Voix/Circus of Voices” that reflected a wide variety of explorations and celebrations of the human voice. Keynote Speaker, François Grisé, opened our ceremonies with "To speak ma langue.” Inuit throat singers Heidi Langille and Lynda Brown performed and gave workshops; ‘Clowns of Horror’ Mump and Smoot performed their internationally acclaimed ‘Something’ with a follow-up panel on vocal use; and Master teacher Judith Koltai gave workshops on “The Pleasure of the Text.” Highlights also included many VASTA members who presented workshops, panels, and performances on voice and identity, dialects, speech, and text. It was a fantastic offering of expertise that promoted inspired learning. Watch the Montreal conference announcement video:


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

Upcoming Workshops

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