VASTA Committees

Awards | Diversity | Engagement | Teaching & Learning | Global Membership | BizCorp


Awards & Grants Committee

The purpose of the VASTA Endowment Grants and Awards Committee is to distribute allocated funds from the endowment through awards, grants, and special projects.


ChairBarry Kur

Deena Burke
Rena Cook
Kimberly Mohne-Hill
Lise Olson
Betty Moulton


Micha Espinosa  (Board Liaison)


Diversity Committee


As part of the “VASTA vision 2005-2014,” VASTA board created a “Diversity” sub-committee to brainstorm how VASTA defines “diversity,” and initiatives and activities towards that goal. The committee created a “diversity template” for discussion at the 2006 VASTA conference, and from the ideas shared during that discussion, generated a VASTA Diversity document.  There is also a diversity bibliography and a Recommendation for Best Practices in Diversity for Academic Theater Programs.  If you have questions, ideas, or thoughts for the committee, please contact its chair, Cynthia DeCure.

Chair: Joy Lanceta Coronel

Micha Espinosa
Robert Gontier

Amy Mihyang Ginther
Sammi Grant
Olisa Enrico-Johnson
Donzell Lewis
Michele Lopez-Rios
Kristen Loree
Robin Miles
Rebecca Root
Scott Stackhouse
Elizabeth Terrel
Alison Vasquez

Antonio Ocampo-Guzman (Board Liaison)

Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee


VASTA's Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee is a bridge between our voice and speech community and the rest of the world.  We do this in a variety of ways:

Interdisciplinary Engagement Grants

  • The committee offers grants to assist VASTA members seeking knowledge in other disciplines. We are committed to helping members/groups that cannot usually afford our services, so that we simultaneously foster cross-disciplinary relationships, give back to our community, and raise voice and speech awareness for the next generation of practitioners.

  • For more info: Resources → Awards, Grants & Scholarships → Interdisciplinary Engagement Grant


  • The committee organizes an award for Vocal Excellence in performance by young actors participating in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition at the Regional and National levels of the Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival.  Representatives from VASTA attend the festivals to select the award recipients and give a workshop, building awareness of vocal skills and training.

  • For more info: Resources → Awards, Grants & Scholarships KC/ACTF Award


  • 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? The committee's #MyVoiceCan Blog continually seeks nominations of incredible people around the globe using their voice to better their community and increasing awareness, promoting our organization's commitment to the training of voice and speech. Who do you know that's using their voice in different ways?

  • Email the person's name and why you nominate them to be featured on the blog to


World Voice Day Awareness

  • The Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee helps coordinate social media outreach celebrating World Voice Day on April 16th.  We want people to share what their voices can do in various professions and settings and invite them to share how their voices have made an impact.  Do you have a class that could do a quick video saying/singing/sounding something? Are you able to post about how you're using your voice? If you have any ideas to spread this outreach further on this day that celebrates the human voice, we would love to hear them! #VASTA #WorldVoiceDay

Chair: Colton Weiss


Foster Johns
Kendra Kingsbury
Jennifer Scapetis
Anna-Marie Nest     
Cliff Miller
Fay Kahan
Karen Kopryanski    
Karen O'Meara 
Becca Finkenaur  
Lauren Miller
Fran Hoyte 
Michael Kaplan
Wendy Pylko
Theresa McElwee
Tsulan Cooper
Kris Danford

Julia Guichard (Board Liaison)


Teaching & Learning Committee

The Teaching and Learning Committee's members are committed to engaging in an ongoing inquiry into how we can do better as teachers, trainers, coaches and therapists; how to best foster the learning of students and clients; and how to inspire and facilitate VASTA member efforts to do the same. 

Chair: Diane Robinson


Colton Weiss
Deric McNish
Jeremy Sortore
Stacey Cabaj   

Erika Bailey (Board Liaison)


Global Communications Group


The Global Communications Group is committed to increasing the dialogue between the members of the global voice community.  Through this dialogue, we are all able to reflect and expand our awareness of both our own practices and our students' diverse needs, in addition to working towards greater inclusivity on a professional and academic level.  Through diverse initiatives, we seek to share VASTA's resources and support with a wider community and in turn, share the gifts and insight from that community to enrich VASTA.

Chair: Indira Pensado (Mexico)

Kate Clark


Bimbo Benson (Nigeria)
Ana Laan (Spain)
Alexandra Whitham (New Zealand)
Morné Steyn (South Africa)
Chiara Claudi (Italy)
Sara Matchett (South Africa)
Amy Hume (Australia)
Liran Shachar (Australia)
Li Wing Hong (Hong Kong)
James Gitsham (UK)
Hema Singh (India)
Leith McPherson (Australia)
Oscar Quiroz (Honduras)
Luis Aros (Chile)
Dawn Sadoway (Canada)
Indira Pensado (Mexico)
Jennifer Innes (Australia)

John Graham (US)(Board Liaison)


Business and Corporate Consulting (BizCore) Committee

"Empowering authentic business leadership and communication"

VASTA's Business and Corporate Consulting Committee represents those who specialize in providing professional voice and speech coaching services to those within business/es or corporate environments. It is our mission to:

  1. Creatively deliver these services while maintaining the integrity of our professions and upholding the overall mission of VASTA.
  2. Maintain an ongoing dialogue among the various business areas, the arts industry, and academia so we may be able to utilize empirical teaching methods with those who employ our services.

BizCore holds monthly training sessions which are open to all members of VASTA. For more information about the training sessions, please email the co-chairs.


Co-Chairs: Dolly May & Kendra Kingsbury


Amy Hume
BettyAnn Leeseberg-Lange
Chad O'Brien
Cheryl Moore Brinkley
Diane Robinson
Dolly May
Elissa Weinzimmer
Flloyd Kennedy
Hilary Blair
Jack Horton
Jennifer Innes
Kate DeVore
Kate Nelson
Kendra Kingsbury
Lester Thomas Shane
Linda Nicholls-Gidley
Melissa Hurt
Micha Espinosa
Pamela Prather
Simon Masterton

Pamela Prather (Board Liaison)