The Art of Storytelling

August 4-8, 2017  Singapore

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Welcome to the VASTA 2017 Conference page! 

The 31st annual International VASTA Conference, titled The Art of Storytelling, will be held August 4-8, at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

A VASTA and/or LASALLE photographer will take still pictures and videos during the conference for VASTA and/or LASALLE promotional purposes.

Questions? Email us! 

Micha Espinosa, Conference Director:

Aole T Miller (Budi), Co-Conference Director:



Friday, August 4th to Tuesday, August 8th

Plan to arrive early on August 4, in order to check in at your hotel, and then make your way to the conference venue at LASALLE College of the Arts. Conference registration is 2:00pm-5:00 pm in the lobby of LASALLE College of the Arts. The opening event for the conference is scheduled at 5:00 pm in the SIA, adjacent to the lobby.  The evening begins with cocktails and tasting, welcomes and introductions, a keynote from Wesley Enoch, and an exciting performance by Singapore’s most renowned storyteller, Kamini Ramachandran.


Key Presenters:

The theme of The Art of Storytelling continues with four featured presentations. Scheduled on two days, August 5th and 6th, members will be divided into groups that rotate to the four  3 hour sessions over the two day period. Leith McPherson and  Petrina Pow are sharing of the theme of Storytelling through Voice; Wesley Enoch’s theme is Storytelling and Society and I Wayan Dibia will focus on Storytelling and Craft.


Wesley Enoch is the Director of the Sydney Festival for 2017-2019.  He has been a theatre director and writer for over 25 years specialising in Aboriginal Theatre and cultural stories. Wesley has been the Artistic Director of companies including Queensland Theatre Company 2010-15, Ilbijerri 2003-06 and Kooemba Jdarra 1994-97, as well as the Festival of Pacific Arts – Australia 2008 and 2012. As a freelance director and writer Wesley has worked with virtually all the large theatre companies, arts centres and festivals in Australia and won multiple awards including The Patrick White Playwrighting Award, Helpmann Awards for best production and best new Australia work and Matilda Awards. He was a Resident director at Sydney Theatre Company 2000-01, Associate Artistic Director Company B Belvoir 2007-10 and a Director on the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Wesley was a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House 2006-13 and is currently the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy Panel for the Australia Council, as well as a number of committees and Boards.


Kamini Ramachandran is a pioneer in the field of storytelling in Asia. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature (Hons) from the University of Reading, UK, and a Master’s degree in Arts Pedagogy & Practice from Goldsmith’s, University of London, she is a highly sought after artist educator in the field. She teaches at LASALLE College of the Arts and directs the annual student showcase Stories Through The Mind’s Eye. She produced World Storytelling Day in Singapore since 2005. She is the creative force behind MoonShadow Stories, which spearheaded performance storytelling for adult audiences in Singapore. She has contributed extensively to the Asian Congress of Storytellers since 2003 and has played a central role in the Singapore International Storytelling Festival since its inauguration in 2006 becoming its Artistic Director from 2012 – 2014. She is a founding member of the Storytelling Association (Singapore) where she served as President from 2008 – 2012 and Vice President from 2012 – 2017. She has been featured at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (2010), Federation of European Storytelling Conference (2013), Festivale Internazionale di Storytelling Roma in Italy (2013), Festival at the Edge in England (2013), Alden Biesen International Storytelling Festival in Belgium (2014) and Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in Wales, UK (2016). She has also been featured at the Sydney International Storytelling Conference (2012), Chennai Storytelling Festival (2013) and Georgetown Festival in Penang (2015), and will be at the inaugural Dubai International Storytelling Festival in early 2017. Described as “Singapore’s most mesmerizing storyteller” by Professor Tommy Koh at the International Summit of the Book she is one of today’s most unique voices in storytelling.


Leith McPherson is Head of Voice and Movement at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked as a voice, dialect and acting teacher at drama schools in Australia and the UK, and as a coach to theatre, film and television productions for the last twenty years. A graduate of the Voice Studies course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Leith coaches leading film and theatre actors in the US, UK, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Her film work includes movies by Fred Schepsi. Roland Joffe and Alex Proyas, and four years in New Zealand as Dialect Coach on the Hobbit trilogy of films directed by Sir Peter Jackson. Leith has worked as Voice and Dialect Coach on more than forty professional plays and musicals including shows for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Opera Australia and the Royal Shakespeare Company, has assistant directed productions of Hamlet and Richard III at the MTC and is working as Associate Director on the 2017 Queensland Theatre production of Noises Off. A passionate teacher and mentor to training actors and voice coaches, Leith is also an award-winning voice over artist.


Petrina Kow is a Voice and Presentation Coach based in Singapore and works with clients as diverse as CEOs, wildlife experts, corporate executives, students, bus drivers and yoga teachers. She has been an actress and singer since 1998. Her diverse and comprehensive experience in all forms of media has put her in a unique position to understand the power of the voice and storytelling. She was the pioneer presenter of a live talk show on Singapore’s first news and talk station, Newsradio 938FM and was the co-host of the most listened-to morning show on Singapore’s top English language radio station, Class 95FM. She can be heard on thousands of advertisements for top brands such as L’Oreal, Ponds, and BMW in Singapore and around the Southeast Asian region. She is also the voice of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Singapore. As the resident Voice-Director at Singapore’s only Emmy Award-winning animation studio, she was responsible for casting and voice directing several children’s animations produced for Nickelodeon. She directed the Golden Bell Award-winning animation LaMB on ANIMAX in 2008.  She was nominated for a Life! Theatre award for Best Supporting Actress as Amy in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”. She is a passionate advocate of storytelling and in 2014 co-founded Telling Stories Live, a social initiative that provides a platform for anyone to tell their stories in front of a live audience.


I Wayan Dibia, born in Singapadu village of Gianyar, is an artist and scholar specializing in Balinese performing arts. Trained in a family of artists, he has studied various forms of classical Balinese dances from different masters on the island.  From 1970, Dibia started to experiment with elements of traditional Balinese performing arts to create new works for a contemporary audience. His formal education and training include Conservatory of Balinese Performing Arts (Kokar), Indonesia Dance Academy (ASTI) Denpasar. He joined the faculty of dance at the Indonesia Dance Academy in Denpasar in 1974, received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council New York in 1982 to do his MA in Dance, and from The Fulbright-Hays in 1987 to pursue his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Performing Arts, both at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written a number of books and articles, both in English and Bahasa Indonesia. As a performing artist, he has toured to Asia, Europe, Australia, and The United States of America. From 1997 to 2002 he served as the Director of STSI Denpasar. He is the founder of the performing arts center GEOKS. From Fall 2005 through Spring 2007, he was a visiting fellow of Balinese performing arts at The College of Holy Cross, Massachusetts. In 2011 he was invited as a consultant to the exhibition entitles “Bali Dances for The Gods” at the Horniman Museum in London (UK).

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LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers over 30 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in fine arts, design communication, interior design, product design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, artist education, art therapy, and Asian art histories. Situated in the Arts, Culture, Learning and Entertainment hub of Singapore, the ci.ty campus encourages interaction through its glass facade and gateless walls. The design provides many platforms for interaction and inspiration. In keeping with the integrative nature of contemporary art and design practice, multiple break-out spaces and sky bridges encourage diverse art forms to coalesce and co-mingle, providing an inspiring learning environment for students.

Directions to LASALLE College of the Arts are in the Welcome Packet on the Vasta website.


Member Presentations

Member presentations have been selected and are available for your perusal here:

Member Presentations

Please, direct questions to Membership Presentations Coordinators, Rachel Hirshorn/ Beth Gudenrath:, Member presentations will be announced in March and the VASTA Schedule At-A-Glance, will be announced in April. Complete information about Member Presentation Bios, Workshop Descriptions, and the full Workshop Schedule will be in the printed program and available online.



Each participant will arrange for their own accommodation plan. Please visit the “Welcome to Singapore” page for suggestions and discount codes.

Questions? Contact Kyan NG, On-site Coordinator,


Identity Cabaret:

Beginning at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 6 is the Diversity Committee's 4th annual Identity Cabaret. The Identity Cabaret is an initiative of the Diversity Committee and has been one of the highlights of the conference for the past three years, and is dependent on the talents of VASTA members! Cynthia DeCure will serve as emcee of the cabaret and will organize the performers. Cynthia is an Assistant Professor at California State University - Stanislaus and Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® with certification in Knight-Thompson Speechwork®. If you are interested in performing, please contact Cynthia DeCure at


Our last three days August 6th and 8th will begin with a group warm-up, member presentation, papers, and workshops. Plan on a celebratory dinner Monday, August 7th and a closing Kecak ceremony led by I Wayan Dibia.  The conference ends with a Closing Event at 5 pm on August 8th. August 9th is the National Day of Singapore. It is celebrated every year, in commemoration of the Singapore's independence from Malaysia in the year 1965. This holiday features a National Day Parade, an address by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and fireworks celebrations.


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Registration Fee:

Non-Member Registration Fee: $390 (After 05/31/17)
**Includes one-year VASTA membership**

VASTA Member Registration Fee
: $300.00 (After 05/31/17)

VASTA Student, Retired, Distinguished Member Registration Fee: $200.00 (After 05/31/17) Student must be enrolled in an academic institution.


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