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Covid-19 Learning Response
Over the past month, a committee of VASTA members came together and collaborated to form a Task Force in order to examine the impact of COVID-19 on voice & speech training and to develop best practices for instruction.

This collaboration yielded this white paper.

While this document was developed to assist our members in academia, I believe that it can also offer some guidance to those members in freelance or clinical practice.
2020 Board Member Election Results
The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce two new VASTA Board members...
VASTA's Statement Against Racism
Published on: 6/4/2020
VASTA's official statement against racist practices and the recent events in the USA.

VASTA at ATHE

ATHE Conference: Financial Updates
Amy Chaffee
ATHE is a multidisciplinary International Conference, held annually for 5 or 6 days in early August. This year it is being held online July 20 - Aug 1.

If you have been craving connection and collaboration as I have during this epoch of confinement, ATHE will a wonderful answer to that yearning.
ATHE Registration is OPEN!
Registration for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference is now open!
ATHE's Virtual Conference
Amy Chaffee
ATHE will hold its 2020 conference virtually over July 20-25th and July 27-August 1st.

Voice and Speech Review

VASTA's New Book: The History of Voice Pedagogy
Rockford Sansom
VASTA and Routledge Press are excited to announce the release of The History of Voice Pedagogy.

Member Submitted Events

How to Acquire an Accent
Flloyd Kennedy
Published on: 7/1/2020
Introducing Knight-Thompson Speechworks approach to clear speech and accent training. 8 x 1-hour sessions to provide you with the tools and techniques to create and communicate with flexibility and specificity in whatever accent you choose to acquire.
VIRTUAL: Experiencing Accents #15
A six-day Knight-Thompson Speechwork workshop in the skills of accent acquisition, including vocal tract posture, prosody, and the use of narrow transcription to describe characteristic sounds.

We strongly recommend taking our Phonetics Intensive before taking Experiencing Accents:

https://ktspeechwork.org/phonetics-intensive/
VIRTUAL: Michael Chekhov: Character & Period Style Online Masterclass
Michael Chekhov Character & Period Style
Monday 13 July to Friday 24 July 2020
ONLINE

Explore Michael Chekhov's psycho-physical approach to acting and Characterization with Period Style, through the physical practice of the core principles and exercises. Discover how to apply this technique as revealed in Chekhov’s "Chart of Inspired Acting" outlined in his book 'On the Technique of Acting'.

The pedagogy of this course offers the only “Period Style-integrated Complete Chekhov System” globally. Understand the creative principles of psycho-physicalplay, character transformation, including application of Period Style, Character body and silhouette, emotional qualities and sensations, awakening the imagination and ensemble improvisation.