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

Compensation Survey

At the 2013 Minneapolis Conference, we passed out a survey regarding how VASTA members are compensated in Universities and the Professional world and how members are given credit in University and professional productions. We also sent out the survey online. 

Judith Shahn has compiled the results and a page has been created to pass them on to our membership.  You will need to be logged into the site to see the survey. 

All questions are answered along with the number of respondents and the percentages for each, as well as some charts for comparisons.

All in all, there were no more than 168 respondents for any given question. This represents between a third and a half of the VASTA membership. 

See the survey.



Conference 2014



The schedule for the VASTA Conference 2014 is up for viewing. There will continue to be slight changes made to the schedule up until the conference. Please click here to view.


To view Member Presentation Bios, please follow the link.

To view Member Presentation Descriptions, please click here.


I am proud to announce that our opening night reception will be sponsored by Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group. Be sure to stop by their table during the conference. 


Please join us at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for our annual conference, August 5-9, 2014. Conference planners Rena Cook and Jane Boston have lined up an exciting array of presenters including David and Ben Crystal, Patricia Bardi, Jane Boston, Kristin Linklater, Paul Meier, Leticia Santafé, Christina Shewell, Fiona Shaw, and Catherine Fitzmaurice. And as a tremendous bonus Cicely Berry has just agreed to join us as well! Our always popular member presentations will be featured as well. More information regarding how to register and to propose a member presentation is on the conference page. 


Identity Cabaret

An exciting new feature of the VASTA 2014 Conference - Voicing the Future: Reinventing Traditions - will be the Identity Cabaret!  This is a performance opportunity for individuals to share a song, a poem, a monologue, or section of a play that celebrates your heritage, culture, background or identity.  It will be hosted by Fran Bennett and organized by Michelle Lopez-Rios. Performances should be no longer than five minutes.  A mic and a piano will be available. This will take place during happy hour, 5-6:30 on an evening of the conference yet to be determined. Contact Michelle at for questions or sign up.



VASTA Annual Conference July 28-August 1, 2013

Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis

Thank you for making the VASTA 2013 conference a lovely success! The POST CONFERENCE SURVEY form can be found under the conferences tab: Upcoming Conference- Minneapolis, MN 2013. Please contact Alison with questions you may have at:


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. 

Upcoming Workshops

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