To improve the ways in which our culture values voice and spoken language, and the ways it recognizes the skills required for effective communication, such that:
1) Voice and Speech trainers are recognized and remunerated as valued professionals;
2) Voice & Speech training becomes part of the core curriculum from Kindergarten through Higher Education;
3) International alliances among trainers foster an exchange of learning and organizational growth;
4) VASTA advances a point of view about voice training that celebrates common goals and diverse ways of achieving those goals;
5) VASTA's membership and leadership is as diverse as the communities that we serve;
6) Voice and Speech trainers are able to employ technology in support of our mission;
7) VASTA has the power and financial backing to support and implement its mission.
TARGETS, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR YEARS 05-07
Membership and Diversity
1) Be different: Increase diversity among membership and leadership.
B) Create a " How to" web document on Self-marketing for individual practitioners — first draft to be submitted by 5/05 from Ginny Kopf.
C) Outreach to communities — appoint an ad hoc committee with Chair to create a list of whom we currently serve, and whom we might potentially serve, by the summer of '05, then create a plan to expand service to those we might serve.
D) Include a presentation by a member of an under-represented group at every conference, starting in '06.
E) Initiate a scholarship for potential members/trainers from under-represented groups. Create a committee to draft guidelines in '05.
F) Foster success and alliance among regional and international voice groups beginning with a meeting at the conference in Scotland '05 to connect with UK and international voice groups.
2) Encourage VASTA members and Board members to connect by travel to other countries (e.g. Lisa Wilson & Kate Ufema's trip to South Africa in '04).
B) Establish reciprocal Web-links between vasta.org and other websites, 06.
Advocacy and Awareness
1) We will work to raise the profile of VASTA and what we do as an organization.
D) Evolve E-newsletter in '05.
E) Expand ACTF Vocal Excellence Awards to Regional ACTF in '06.
F) Increase student awareness by requiring our students to access and report on the benefits of vasta.org as a research tool for voice classes, '05.
G) Establish a committee and create a National Award for Voice, Speech, and Text Excellence in Performance. Committee to form in '05, 1st award in '06. In '07 place a profile article about the recipient in the Voice and Speech Review.
2) Raise standards for practice within the profession.
B) Exemplify through conferences and presenters.
C) Establish dialogue with the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) with a report by August '06, regarding accreditation of:
2) Voice and Speech components of current actor training programs.
3) Increase public awareness of good vocal usage.
B) Create more member visibility through:
2) Offer members the opportunity to buy lapel pins and/or name tags with VASTA logo and name — August '05.
D) Solicit VASTA members to do outreach to High School Teacher In-Service Programs; in '05 identify a Resource Person to:
2) Act as resource for volunteers.
3) Follow through and report to the Board.
F) Workshop challenge: challenge issued by VASTA VISION retreat for every VASTA member to present a workshop to a "new group" or presenting a new topic, with a follow-up report of the experience for publication in the e-letter "trailblazing column" — '05.
1) Increase the number of members.
B) Add, via vastavox, a monthly reminder of the VASTA sponsorship and the benefits of membership.
C) Membership chair will author a "where are they now?" list on the e-letter so that we can collectively re-connect with inactive members.
2) Build member engagement with the organization.
B) Create online simultaneous conversation opportunities for subgroups like freelancing, burnout, and other topics that might arise on vastavox; Spring 06.
C) Create and fund two VASTA originated regional mini-conferences by '06 to serve the membership.
D) Create guidelines by which any member can propose a VASTA mini-conference in their region by '07.
E) Continue ROG (Regional Outreach Grants) that build member contact; report in the e-letter, identify possible hosts, (BettyAnn Leeseberg-Lange report on the success of the Washington DC regional group Spring '05).
F) Encourage Faculty to apply for institutional grants that support VASTA goals (use web, newsletter, box to publicize, create a list of such projects, create a list of members with interests in such projects as Curriculum for High Schools, then follow-through by contacting them, create an ad hoc committee by '06.
G) Corporate sponsorship of projects like: scholarships, ACTF awards, and diversity membership — ad hoc committee to be formed in '05, first scholarship in '07.
H) Manual of Operations
2) Review current job descriptions for possible redistribution of some assignments for the board meeting in '05.
Goals: Mentor early, mid and advanced career voice professionals in teaching, research, and leadership
B) Create a "Big Sister/Big Brother" program for all new members to connect with a current member
2) with an attendee at the Scotland '05 and Chicago '06 conferences
D) ATHE Conference planner '06 will establish 2 four-member panels on pedagogy; continue future conferences.
E) Conference in Chicago '06 on Pedagogy and Learning (first in a series).
F) Create a Voice Consult Index on vasta.org with weblink on e-letter: a list of those willing to be consulted on area specialties, i.e. undergraduate voice courses, dialects etc. on vasta.org 06.
G) Create the VASTA Fellows Program: Create a program of visiting teaching Fellows from among VASTA's membership. These Fellows would be available for exchange or visitation during their term of service at a reduced fee or in receipt of expenses, housing etc. to exchange teaching specialties or present workshops. Appoint an ad hoc committee with Chair to devise guidelines, and an implementation plan for review at August '05 Board meeting.