Workshop/Panel/Paper Proposal Form


For the 2017 VASTA Conference

To be held in Singapore at LASALLE College of the Arts

The deadline for proposals has been extended to February 15, 2017

The Art of Storytelling

August 4-8, 2017

The VASTA Asia 2017 Conference is presented by the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and will be hosted by LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. This is VASTA’s 31st annual conference, and for the first time ever the VASTA Conference will be held in Asia. Join us this year in the cosmopolitan center of Southeast Asia, where regional and international experts will showcase techniques and uses of the human voice particular to the Asian region. Many of these connect to oral storytelling traditions specific to cultures in Asia and the Pacific. VASTA Asia 2017’s theme is ‘The Art of Storytelling.’

We chose the art of storytelling to involve people at the deepest levels, to bridge a cultural exchange through voice and communication because a good story transcends cultural boundaries. Practitioners from Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the Americas share knowledge about the human voice and how it works, about vocal training and the powerful impact of communication through vocal sounds, words, storytelling, dramatic text and the sung voice. Network with voice and speech trainers, scientists, performers, and public speakers from around the world to celebrate the human voice in its many qualities, dialects and languages, and develop future areas for investigation and research. VASTA Asia 2017 will be an exciting time for vocal, personal, pedagogical and cultural exchange.

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." --Maya Angelou

Our annual conferences calls upon you to spearhead collaboration, share your art, your knowledge, and your voice. This year’s conference theme invites proposals from members who are interested in collaboration and dialogue across topics, methodologies, and different perspectives related to voice and speech. Suggestions for collaboration might include papers, panels, or workshops highlighting the narratives of:

• Vocal techniques of Asia and storytelling across cultures

• Connections between practitioners who explore voice, movement, speech, and/or acting pedagogies

• Experiential workshops combining multiple types of vocal training

• Gender and culture

• Impact and /or risk with research narrative, media narratives, political narratives

• Strategic storytelling

• Storytelling with text

• Intercultural techniques

• Heritage & Ethnographies

• Ethnography & Healthcare

• Connections between research and practice

• Roundtable discussion featuring renowned field experts

Sessions involving three or more presenters will be given preference. While we appreciate the expertise and energy of our members is boundless, we only have a limited number of sessions in the conference for member presentations.Once all proposals are received, the conference directors and member presentation coordinators will  coordinate proposals in order to offer the opportunity to present to as many members as possible.

You will be notified by February 20th if your proposal is accepted.  

Thank you.

Please direct questions to Membership Presentations Coordinator, Rachel Hirshorn/ Beth Gudenrath:,

or Conference Directors:  Micha Espinosa / Aole Miller,



* required

E-Mail Address *

Lead Proposer's Last Name *

Lead Proposer's First Name *

Lead Proposer's Email *

Lead Proposer's Phone *

University/College/Organization Affiliation *

Would you be interested in collaborating with another presenter or presenters? *

Would you be interested in participating on a student debut panel? *

Will you have co-presenter(s)? *

Co-Presenter 1 Full Name

Co-Presenter 1 Email

Co-Presenter 1 University/College/Organization Affiliation:

Co-Presenter 2 Full Name

Co-Presenter 2 email

Co-Presenter 2 University/College/Organization Affiliation:

What year(s) have you presented at the annual VASTA conference? *

Lead Proposer's Bio (Please limit to 100 words max. If above the limit the proposal will be sent back to you for revisal.) *

Co-Presenter 1 Bio: (Please limit to 100 words max. If above the limit the proposal will be sent back to you for your revisal.)

Co-Presenter 2 Bio: (Please limit to 100 words max. If above the limit the proposal will be sent back to you for your revisal.)

If your proposal involves more than 3 presenters, contact the Member Presentations Coordinator ( with additional presenter information.

Which type of presentation best describes your proposal? *

Title of Presentation (brevity is appreciated) *

Description of Presentation: This is an opportunity for you to describe in some detail what you are planning to do. Please limit this to 300 words *

Workshop / Presentation “Blurb”: In 3-5 sentences, what will the participants experience in your workshop? This will appear in our program, so think about how you might entice members to attend your workshop or presentation. *

The theme of Singapore's conference is “The Art of Storytelling." How does your presentation connect with this theme? And how do you think your workshop/paper/topic might further VASTA’s mission? *

"At the end of this session, participants will be able to...." List 2-4 specific descriptions of what participants will be able to DO after your session. Begin with a verb such as Identify, Demonstrate, Evaluate, Integrate, Describe, Define, or Apply.

EXAMPLE: At the end of this session, participants will be able to: Identify 4 basic movement characteristics. Demonstrate those techniques as a focus for improvisation. Integrate movement techniques to assist clients in expanding vocal dynamics.

Type of room requested *

Technology needs (you must bring your own computer/tablet/smartphone with adapters, VASTA cannot provide them for you.)

Would you like your presentation peer reviewed?

If yes, please explain why--i.e., for periodic review, for promotion/tenure (specify rank of your promotion/tenure application), for business/consulting purposes. Priority will be given to those participants who are up for tenure or review in 2017-2018.


In order for this workshop/panel/paper to be accepted, all parties of your presentation must register by the final registration date. *

Do you accept that there will be only a 50% refund if you cancel after June 15th? *

Will you accept the date and time assigned to you (and your co-presenters) for your workshop/panel/paper? *

PAPER PROPOSALS ONLY The Voice and Speech Review wants to consider your paper for publication! To submit a paper for the conference, you need to agree to the following by checking the box.

If my paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, by the scheduled day of presentation I agree to submit the paper to the Voice and Speech Review for consideration for publication, unless alternate arrangements are made. *

If you have questions about submissions to VSR, or need to make alternate arrangements, contact

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