VASTA Conference 2013 

Welcome to the VASTA 2013 Conference page.  Join us in beautiful Minneapolis as we work in the spaces of the Guthrie Theatre to explore community and collaboration. Voices of Wisdom: Spanning Generations speaks to the ever evolving work and growth of the voice practitioner. It is a call, to celebrate your own vocal and professional journey, the power of mentorship, pedagogy and fresh approaches in the field of voice.

Voice and speech trainers have long contributed to the significance of public health and performance work. As dynamic mediators between art and science, the voice practitioner occupies a complex position which is constantly in flux. Technologies change and practices evolve, and what might have seemed unimportant yesterday could be most vital today. Professional choices made by voice and speech trainers constantly shape and reshape how we work with other practitioners, students, performers, and the general public. Come, share your vocal journey with us!


Sunday, July 28 to Thursday, August 1, 2013

Check-In begins at 10 a.m. in the ALoft Lobby with conference activities beginning in the Guthrie's Endless Bridge at 5 p.m.. Thursday, the all conference session will end by noon.


The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Guthrie is located in downtown Minneapolis on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

By Plane
Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport (MSP), conveniently located just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, you'll find that transportation is plentiful and trouble-free, including the Light Rail Train that stops just blocks from the Guthrie.

By Car

Heading south on 35W, take the Washington Avenue exit (17C). Turn RIGHT onto Washington Avenue. Turn RIGHT onto 11th Avenue South. Turn LEFT onto South 2nd Street and go 2 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your right.

Heading east on 94, take the North 4th Street exit (230). Turn LEFT onto 3rd Avenue South. Turn RIGHT onto South 2nd Street and go 4 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your left.

Heading north on 35W, take the 3rd Avenue/Washington Avenue exit (17C). Turn LEFT onto Washington Avenue. Turn RIGHT onto 11th Avenue South. Turn LEFT onto South 2nd Street and go 2 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your right.

Heading east on 394, take the 3rd Avenue North/Washington Avenue exit (9C). Take the Washington Avenue ramp. Turn RIGHT onto Washington Avenue. Turn LEFT onto Chicago Avenue. Turn RIGHT onto South 2nd Street. The Guthrie will be on your left.

Heading west on 94, take the 5th Street exit. Turn RIGHT onto 11th Avenue South. Turn LEFT onto South 2nd Street and go 2 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your right.

Parking is available in the ramp on South 2nd Street directly across from the Guthrie and in numerous parking lots throughout the neighborhood. The event rate for Guthrie performances is $8. Rates vary during Vikings games and other area events.

Bus Stop/Light Rail
The nearest MetroTransit bus stop for the Guthrie is the Route 7 or Route 22 stop on the corner of Washington Avenue at Chicago Avenue. For light rail, use the Downtown East/Metrodome Station stop. For more information in planning your trip, visit the MetroTransit website.


The conference will include a return to the guided warm-up, longer master presenter’s sessions, sessions geared to meet the specific needs of the early/mid/late career voice prectitioner and an evening of theatre performance. Some of the most exciting parts of VASTA's annual conference are the presentations given by fellow members. Again this year, those presentations will be sprinkled throughout the entire conference. Again look here, on Twitter, Facebook, and the conference blog for announcements!


VASTA 2013 Master Schedule:/local/upload/file/VASTA%202013%20Master%20Schedule-July%2022.pdf


Sunday evening, July 28th we have the opportunity to watch one of two excellent plays at the Guthrie. Reservations and the special rate for Guthrie performances are no longer available through VASTA. To order tickets feel free to do so at full price through:


Master Presenters for VASTA 2013:

Andrea Haring                                          

A director, actress and vocal coach, Andrea Haring is the Associate Director of The Linklater Center for Voice and Language, and the Coordinator for Linklater Voice Teacher Training.  Andrea is currently on faculty at Columbia Graduate Theater School, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and Fordham University.  She has taught at various theater schools and companies in London, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Germany and Iceland.  Andrea coaches extensively On and Off Broadway, including Private Lives, The Motherf***er With the Hat, A Behanding in Spokane, John Gabriel Borkman (BAM w/ Alan Rickman), Creditors (BAM dir. Alan Rickman), Reasons To Be Pretty, Bridge and Tunnel with Sarah Jones. As vocal coach and a member of The LAByrinth Theater Company Andrea has coached: The Little Flower of East Orange, Jack Goes Boating, School of the Americas, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, and Jesus Hopped the A Train.  Other credits include corporate coaching with Columbia Business School’s CSEP program and the World Economic Forum, Global Fellows.  Some clients coached include: Bernadette Peters, Ellen Burstyn, Kim Cattrall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell, America Ferrera, Olympia Dukakis, George C. Scott, John Ortiz, Courtney Vance, Piper Perabo, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Alan Rickman.


Andrew Wade

Mr. Wade was Head of Voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990-2003. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987 as Assistant Voice Director to Cicely Berry, where he oversaw all of the voice work for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre. In conjunction with Cicely Berry, Mr. Wade recorded Working Shakespeare – a series on voice and text work with Helen Hunt, Samuel L. Jackson, Toby Stevens and Claire Danes. Mr. Wade trained at the Rose Bruford College, the Arts Educational School, and served as Head of Voice at East 15. Mr. Wade was Verse Consultant on the film Shakespeare in Love. He also coached Courtney Love for the role of Lady Macbeth, and worked on the new musical Lord of the Rings. Since leaving the RSC in 2003, Mr. Wade has continued to work all over the world in a freelance capacity. He teaches at the Stella Adler Studio, Delaware University, the National Theater School in Montreal and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. West End Credits include: La Traviata, Donkeys’ Years, and Boeing-Boeing. Mr. Wade participated in an exchange program between the Stella Adler Studio and the Trinidad Theatre Company.


Please look here, on Twitter, Facebook, and the conference blog for daily up-dates as more is announced about the exciting events at the conference.


ALoft Hotel

900 Washington Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN  55415 


This year we will be staying and working at the ALoft Hotel just a short walk from the Guthrie Theatre!  You can call 1-877/GO ALOFT  to reserve your room or follow the Link to reserve your spot today!

Please note: All rooms may be reserved as single ($179.00 a day) or double occupancy ($89.50 a day).


The Sunday evening reception will include light hors d'oeuvres which may not be enough for some appetites. For those that need more, and for the duration of the conference,  there are several  restaurants near-by you may wish to enjoy. There is also the option of purchasing items from the West Bank Grocery, 417 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454


Registration Fee:

VASTA Member Registration Fee: $260.00 (Before 07/01/13); $310.00 (After 07/01/13)

VASTA Student, Retired, Distinguished Member Registration Fee: $160.00 (Before 07/01/13); $210.00 (After 07/01/13)Student must be enrolled in an academic institution.

Non-Member Registration In the past, the non-member registration cost was the same as the cost for joining VASTA + a member's conference registration fee.  We are now asking all non-members to simply join VASTA and then Register for the conference.

After you enter your credit card information you will be directed to a conference questionnaire that will help us streamline the conference offerings that are planed.
In order to register, please be sure to sign in at under the MEMBERSHIP tab. Then click on to the MEMBER PROFILE MANAGEMENT tab. Your rate will automatically be assigned and if you are registering before the early bird cut-off the discount will be applied.

If you have forgotten your password you can find it there and then if you have forgotten your username: once a new password (via email) is created, one is signed in at the Member Login page.  From there, click on the Profile Info button.  It shows the user name at the top of the information.  Thank you!

ASHA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for Speech-Language Pathologists through MultiVoiceDimensions.  To register and receive CEUs Click Here:

As attendance is limited, please register as soon as possible.

If your plans change after you register, please contact VASTA's Treasurer Antonio Ocampo-Guzman. ( After July 15th, you will only receive 50% of your original payment.


VASTA or PAVA Member $310.00
Student/Retired/Distinguished Member Price $210.00
Non-Member $390.00
Early Registration Discount $50.00
Early Registration Cutoff 2013-07-01
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