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 Recipients Receive: 
  • one year free membership
  • waiver of conference fee
  • a $250 award*


To become a candidate for this scholarship requires a nomination letter from a current VASTA member. Nomination letters, no more than two pages in length, should be an in depth account of how the nominator knows the candidate and why they believe the candidate will make an exemplary voice and/or speech trainer.


This scholarship is intended for pre-career or very early career voice/speech trainers. A candidate must either be currently engaged in preparatory work as a voice/speech trainer, or have less than three years employment experience as a voice/speech trainer.

To apply

Candidates must email the following to Awards & Grants Committee by June, 2021 as .doc or .pdf:

A condensed 2-page C.V., highlighting your career-to-date.
A 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy and career goals.
A 1-2 page letter of nomination from a current VASTA member.

*The monetary portion of this pandemic year's award was made possible by a VASTA member who was once a student and mentee of Clyde Vinson, desiring to perpetuate the generous support in pedagogical practice he granted them. 

Photo of Clyde Vinson
Who was Clyde Vinson?

Clyde Vinson taught for more than thirty years, both in universities and privately in New York City. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and spent two years with The Working Theatre, a training program in voice, movement and acting founded by Kristin Linklater, Joseph Chaikin and Peter Kass. He organized the Court Theatre in Detroit, Michigan and directed there for three years. Clyde was on the faculty of Wayne State University and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He worked at the Circle Repertory Theatre in New York City and eventually opened his own Studio there. When the Royal Shakespeare Company came to Broadway, Clyde worked with the company, and when Derek Jacobi won his Tony Award he thanked Clyde in his acceptance speech. Clyde's last published work was an interview he did with Derek, which appeared in the January 1989 issue of Text and Performance Quarterly.

Clyde Vinson as Vincentio in Measure for Measure

Clyde wished it to be known that his death resulted from AIDS. He is survived by his family in Texas, and by loving friends and students in New York City, and in theatres everywhere.