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


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Thank you to all the applicants for the 2019 Dorothy Mennen Research/Development Grant.

Congratulations to the two 2019 recipients

Melissa Hurt                                  Karen Kopryanski


They each receive a $1000 award to support their research and professional development. 

Learn more about VASTA's ten opportunities for funding. From the home page, hover over the Resources drop down menu, and then the Awards, Grants & Scholarships menu to explore the full list. 




on being selected for VASTA's fourth class of Early Career Leaders!


The Early Career Leader Initiative has its origins under President Lynn Watson and was instituted during President Betty Moulton’s tenure. It is an initiative to mentor and foster two voice and speech professionals at the beginning of their career in their involvement with VASTA.

During the year, these young leaders attend VASTA’s board meetings—both as an observer and a participant in the activities that keep the organization running. They have become influencers in helping inspire and mentor the upcoming generation of voice and speech trainers. 

Past Early Leaders include Kristi Dana, Kendra Kingsbury, Jennifer Innes, Jeremy Sortore, Ann Marie Pollard, and Joe Hetterly.  

SAVE THE DATE: Applications for 2021’s Early Career Leaders will open at the of the 2020 Sydney conference. For more information about VASTA Early Career Leadership Initiative,

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Deadline for Proposals: 11/1/2019

To read the Call for Proposals,

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Email the VASTA Focus Group Conference Planner, Stacey Cabaj, before you submit your proposal and with any questions.

To submit your Proposal,

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Now accepting applications for the Dorothy Mennen Research/Development Grant.  

This award of up to $1000 funds VASTA members for research or professional development.

Deadline NOVEMBER 10th, 2019

To read more about the grant and for submittal instructions, 

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Now accepting EARLY CAREER LEADERSHIP applications!

To learn more, WATCH THIS AWESOME VIDEO from last year's selected leaders, Joseph Hetterly and Ann Marie Pollard.

Watch the video! 

OR for even more information AND to apply,

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Thanks to those who could join us in Orlando for our 2019 conference: Connectors, Communicators, & Culture! If you attended the conference, WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK! To fill out the 2019 post-conference survey,

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I am pleased to inform all members of VASTA that you elected the following three active and dedicated members to serve on your board for 2019 to 2022.

Marie Ramirez Downing, Adriano A. Cabral, and Jeremy Sortore

As I wrote to all 6 nominees today, I was pleased and proud that they had all agreed to run this year, willing to serve VASTA in this important role. Their service to date has been one of dedication and passion, and bodes well for VASTA’s future. 


We say goodbye to one board member who is cycling off this summer, Julia Guichard. Julia generously shared her progressive ideas and excellent work as board liaison to a number of committees. We will miss her around the table and wish her well in other exploits. However she chooses to stay involved in VASTA, I am sure she will continue to influence our organization in a positive way.


Please join me in welcoming the new board members to the table, and watch for news from the board and president in each newsletter, The VASTA Voice, on our website, on VASTAVox and on our Facebook page, Vasta’s Voices.


Betty Moulton
Past President
Chair of Nominating Committee 2019


Congratulations to this year's recipients of the

2019 VASTA Global Communications Group Travel Awards!

Luzita Fereday

Professional Practitioner outside North America

Adam Lyon

Graduate Student outside of North America

 They will receive travel support to join us at the VASTA Conference in Orlando, Florida this August.

Won't you join us in Orlando, too?! Register NOW!


Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the

2019 VASTA Conference Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships:

Alexandra Stroud

Graduate Student Recipient

Elisa Gonzalez

Early Career Recipient


They will receive travel support to join us at the VASTA Conference in Orlando, Florida this August.

Won't you join us in Orlando, too?! Register NOW!


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


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