#MyVoiceCan Featuring Benjamin Mathes

July 16, 2017, 10:07 am

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is proud to feature one of our very own members, Benjamin Mathes!

 

Benjamin's background:

I'm from Atlanta, Ga. I play Ultimate Frisbee. I write haikus. I have eaten the same sandwich every day for almost 20 years. I peed in Times Square during the black out of 2003. I'm still rollin' with Jesus. I went to a conservatory to study acting but left early to be on a soap opera in NYC. I still cry when Forrest is standing over Jenny's grave. Asheville, NC is my favorite place to go in my mind. John Mayer's album "Heavier Things" reminds me of the time I lived in NYC. My heroes are my mom, dad, and brother. I love my past, I'm curious about my present, and I'm excited about my future. My girlfriend, Allison, is the purest artist I've ever known. The people in my life are the most creative, driven, and compassionate people I know. I don't need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning. I'm usually crying on the inside because it's all so beautiful. I can quote most of "History of the World, Part 1" and the "Kings of Comedy". I prefer the mountains over the beach unless I'm at the beach. Let's get coffee, not dinner.



#MyVoiceCan Featuring Katelyn Reid

June 16, 2017, 11:34 am

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is proud to feature a guiding light named Katelyn Reid, out of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

 

 

Katelyn's background:

I am an Actor/Singer/Voice-specialized-speech-pathologist, and-accent/vocal-coach. (…I’ve clearly overcompensated for my lack of dancing ability in life.) I currently work at UC Health’s outpatient ENT clinic in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, evaluating and treating patients with voice disorders. I am also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where I teach Voice and Speech for the Musical Theater program. When time and opportunity afford, I enjoy freelance coaching accents and dialects in local theatrical productions, presenting on vocal versatility to those in the Cincinnati business sector, and giving talks to local choirs on the merits vocal health and hygiene. I have a BFA in Acting from CCM and an MA in Speech-Pathology.

 

If I were to summarize myself, I’d say that my primary passion in life is teaching. Although I have to admit, I’ll always remain a performer at my core. I began performing in musicals professionally at the age of 7, and although I took a hiatus to pursue my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, I’ve been back on the stage now for the past two years and I have to say, it feels quite a bit like coming home.



#MyVoiceCan - Featuring Allyce Torres

May 16, 2017, 9:23 am

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice, we want to know what voices can do around the world. How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 

 

VASTA has the honor of featuring a persistent, resilient individual named Allyce Torres, from Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

 

An actor, applied theatre artist, and activist from San Diego, CA. She is the creator of SKIN DEEP, a theatrical initiative for the treatment and awareness of eating disorders. Using docudrama, devising, and movement practices she creates a means for survivors of eating disorders to create a voice for themselves and share their stories in a way that feels comfortable for them. Allie is a recovery mentor and community educator for ANAD as well as a partner with NEDA. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.



Happy World Voice Day: Featuring Andrea Scarpino!

April 12, 2017, 8:07 pm

WELCOME TO VASTA'S #MYVOICECAN Blog!

Throughout the year we will be featuring how people can and are using their voices around the world. Since part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice, we want to know what voices can do around the world. How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe?  

 

For our very first feature, we would like to introduce the incredible,

Andrea Scarpino of St Louis, Missouri, USA.

 

Andrea Scarpino is the author of the poetry collections Once Upon Wing Lake (Four Chambers Press, 2017), What the Willow Said as it Fell (Red Hen Press, 2016) and Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014). She received a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and an MFA from The Ohio State University. She served as Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula 2015-2017 and is a longtime activist.



#MyVoiceCan

April 7, 2017, 12:25 pm


Welcome to the #MyVoiceCan blog by VASTA! 
 

VASTA's Interdisciplinary Committee has been hard at work putting together the #MyVoiceCan campaign we're launching on 4/16/2017, World Voice Day!
 
Since part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice, we want to know what voices can do around the world. How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
Do you have someone in mind you'd like to recommend to be featured on the blog? If so, please email blog@vasta.org with the following information:


1. Person's name and email address
2.
Brief introduction to this person and why you're recommending them.
 

The person being recommended will be emailed the following questions to answer:

 

BIO
What can your voice do?
What is your area or field that you’re using your voice in and how did you get into it?
Did you have a moment when you realized that you could use your voice to make a difference in that field?
What keeps you up at night?
What gives you hope?
By knowing what your voice can do in this field, what’s the impact you hope to have?
Any words to encourage others to use their voice in this world?

We will let both you and the person recommended know when they will be featured on the blog.