The VASTA Voice

Volume 13, Issue 3


Table of Contents:

A Message from the President

Michael J. Barnes

Greetings Fellow VASTAns! 

It is my great pleasure to be writing my first Letter from the President, as I begin my term as President.  I must first thank both Betty Moulton, who is now assuming the role of Past President and Lynn Watson, who is stepping down as Past President.  I have large shoes to fill and I hope I do half as well as these amazing women.  I am also thrilled to welcome Pamela Prather on as the President Elect.  She will assume the presidency in two years. Congratulations also to the new HR Director, Jeremy Sortore. Many thanks to Cynthia Bassham for her time and dedication in the role over the last many years.

This years’ conference with the Pan American Vocology Association was a rousing success.  I believe that everyone who attended would agree that connecting with other professionals who share our same passions with the voice. This year’s conference was focused solely on both PAVA and our amazing members. In order to highlight the research from both organizations’ members, a new format of presentation was used this year—micro-presentations. It allowed everyone to cycle through several varying presentations, sampling many people’s work much like having a great dinner at a tapas restaurant.  I would like to give a huge gratitude of thanks to our Conference Directors, Kate Clarke and Rachel Hirshorn, as well as Marci Rosenberg, PAVA’s Conference Director.

One important part of this year’s conference was a general meeting of the membership who attended the conference.  During this meeting we discussed the results of the study of our OVO (Overview of VASTA Organization) Committee which were outlined in the letter from Betty Moulton earlier in the year.  We explained that—with the growth of the organization—a need for someone to act as an association manager to handle some of the many tasks it takes to keep the organization running.  To accomplish this, the board realized an increase in the membership dues would be needed to help cover the costs.  Next year’s membership fees will now be $120 with student and retiree fees $75. We recognize that finances can be tight for many of us; therefore, we have always kept our membership dues extremely low. This increase will allow us to continue to provide our members with outstanding benefits.  

I also want to take this time to welcome our new members from PAVA. As a part of our choosing to co-present this year’s conference, we arranged to have reciprocal memberships for the members of each organization.  Also, VASTAns, please make certain that you check out all that PAVA has to offer:

As we do every few years, next year, we will be rejoining ATHE in Orlando to have a pre-conference.  The dates for that conference will be August 4th –August 7th.  Its theme will be Connectors, Communicators and Culture. Kendra Kingsbury is spearheading this conference for us, so be on the lookout for more information from her.  

Finally, I would like to encourage any of our younger members to apply for our Early Leadership Initiative. This program brings two members who are early in their career to be a part of board meetings. This allows them to see all that we do to keep the organization running.  This will be our third year for the program.  Past Early Leaders are Kendra Kingsbury, Kristi Dana, Jeremy Sortore, and Jennifer Innes.  Check out to apply.  

Once again, I’m excited to be coming on as the new president.  If there is anything I can do for you, please get in touch with me:

Breathe and Be well,
Michael J. Barnes


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Letter from the Editor

Lauren Murphy Yeoman 

Hello, VASTA!

It was wonderful to meet some of you in Seattle! 

In this issue you'll find many exciting Committee updates, a VASTA MD column on "Tips for Non-Medical Management of Reflux," and notes from a VASTA MEG II Mini-Conference!

Be sure to also check out the details on the new Association Manager position with VASTA, as well as the Early Career Leadership Initiative, the Dorothy Mennen Research/Development Grant, and VASTA at ATHE. 

As always, if you have an idea for an article, or even possibly a new column for the newsletter, please email me your suggestions at

Kind regards and best wishes for the rest of your 2018,

Lauren Murphy Yeoman 

Editor, The VASTA Voice


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Yolanda D. Heman-Ackah, MD

 Tips for Non-Medical Management of Reflux 

A significant portion of the US population suffers from reflux disease, which can include both gastroesophageal reflux (which typically causes heartburn, bloating, belching, chest pain, and/or burning in the chest) and laryngopharyngeal reflux (which typically causes throat clearing, mucus in the throat, postnasal drainage, hoarseness, shortness of breath, the sensation of something stuck in the throat, throat tightness, cough, throat tickle, and/or issues with recurrent sinus or ear infections).  Proton pump inhibitors and Histamine-2 receptor blockers are the usual medications used to treat reflux disease.  However, prior to trying medications, it is useful for the individual to try lifestyle modifications in an effort to minimize the occurrence of reflux episodes.    In order for these modifications to be successful, they need to become a totally new way of living for the individual.  Otherwise, as soon as old habits are resumed, the reflux will recur.  My suggestions to my patients for how to modify the diet, when food is eaten, and what kinds of foods are eaten in certain situations is as follows:

- Eliminate gluten from your diet (anything made with wheat, rye, or barley - including flour) has gluten in it.
- Eliminate as many grains from your diet as is possible, these include rice, corn, quinoa, couscous, wheat, rye, and barley.
- Eat only wild caught fish. Make fish your main source of protein.  Avoid eating farm raised fish.
- Use nuts as a minor source of protein.
- Minimize your consumption of beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, and other meats to only once or twice a month. If you eat one of these meats, make sure that they are free range (poultry and eggs) or grass fed (beef) and not fed a "vegetarian diet of soy and cornmeal".
- Eliminate dairy products from your diet. If you consume any dairy products, try those made from goat milk, bison milk, or A2 cows.
- Try yogurt, cheese, and milk made from coconut, cashew, hemp, macadamia nut, and/or almond as substitutes for these dairy products.
- Eliminate soy products from your diet.
- Try amaranth flour, coconut flour, or almond flour as substitutes for wheat flour.
- Do not eat or drink anything except sips of water for at least 1 hour before you exercise or do any activity that involves active engagement of the abdominal muscles (i.e. singing, acting, lifting weights, yoga, Pilates, etc.)
- Do not eat proteins (i.e. fish, meat, poultry, eggs, nuts), complex carbohydrates (i.e. potato, rice, bread, cereal), or fats (i.e. nuts, cheese, yogurt, milk) for at least 3 hours before exercising or engaging in the above activities (see #9).  You may have simple carbohydrates (i.e. fruit) until 1 hour before exercising.
- Eliminate alcohol and caffeine from the diet or minimize it to no more than 1 serving per day.  Caffeine should be consumed before noon if it is at all.  Alcohol should be consumed no sooner than 3 hours before bedtime, if it is at all.
- Eliminate tobacco and all tobacco products from your lifestyle.
- Minimize and/or eliminate the use of cane sugar as a sweetener.  Use extracts of the stevia leaf as a sweetener instead.
- Sleep with the head of your bed elevated at least 6 inches to help gravity keep the contents in your stomach from migrating up your esophagus at night while you sleep.

If strict adherence to these lifestyle modifications does not eliminate your symptoms of reflux after 6-8 weeks, consideration should be given for a trial of medical management to supplement these lifestyle changes.


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Committee Chair Updates

Awards and Grants Committee

Committee Chair: Barry Kur










Dorothy Mennen Research/Development Grant

Dorothy MennenVASTA Members are invited to apply for one of two Dorothy Mennen Grants.

Research/Development awards of up to $1000. Examples of the kinds of projects or professional development opportunities include (but are not limited to):

-Attending a workshop with a master teacher to further your development as a trainer and/or artist
-A small research project related to voice and/or speech
-Subvention of publication of an existing manuscript
-A travel subsidy to support training or research to cover transportation and/or subsistence 
-Purchase of equipment to support teaching

NOTE: We will not be accepting applications to fund electronic equipment and computers at this time.

Details of application requirements are explained on the VASTA website link  The application deadline November 1, 2018.  Please Note: Applicants must be VASTA members in good standing for a a minimum of four years prior to application.


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Diversity Committee

Committee Chair: Cynthia DeCure









Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the VASTA Conference Diversity and International scholarships:

SAMMI GRANT, Diversity (Early Career)  

MONICA CORTÉS VIHARO, Diversity  (Graduate Student)  

HETAL VARIA, International (Early Career) 


Thank you to all who applied for the Diversity and International scholarship. 

Abrazos y adelante!

Cynthia DeCure


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Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee

Committee Chair: Colton Weiss

Colton Weiss headshot









Hello PAVASTA Members -


Greetings from the Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee.


Thank you to everyone who attend the committee lunch meeting in Seattle.  All your shared feedback, comments for new projects and ideas were greatly appreciated. As the professional bridge for VASTA, we are excited to welcome new members to the committee and start work on new initiatives to continually support our members.


First - Thank you, Foster Johns, for stepping in as the new KCACTF coordinator!  Foster will be taking over this role from, Jennifer Scapetis. We can not thank, Jennifer, enough for all her hard work with KCACTF, and we look forward to her input on future Interdisciplinary Engagement Grant reviews. For anyone looking for professional outreach opportunities, please let us know if you are interested in judging a KCACTF regional festival this year.


With the new academic year underway, the committee is looking at ways to better standardize Interdisciplinary Engagement Grant submissions. These efforts include: increasing the number of grant reviewers on each submission and creating an evaluation rubric to more equally judge future submissions.  Additionally, the committee is creating a ‘past recipients’ section to the grant details online, so future applicants can 1) see which conference events have been previously funded and 2) learn from past recipients in order to craft even more engaging applications.


The committee is pleased to announce the creation of a new project.  Committee members are creating an interactive listing with details for relevant conferences (beyond VASTA, ATHE, PAVA) that members may find interesting and beneficial for professional development. We hope this resource will help members continually build connections beyond our local networks and increase VASTA’s visibility to other professional groups. Along with building visibility, we are researching possibilities for distributing marketing materials to external conferences and workshops. If you are interested in assisting with any part of this new project, please send a message to the VASTA engagement email!    


For anyone that was unable to join us in Seattle, we are always looking for members to get involved and help expand our work. If you are interested in joining the Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee, or learning more about our work, please send a message to  


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Teaching and Learning Committee

Committee Chair: Diane Robinson

The Teaching & Learning Committee is thrilled to announce its new initiative: The VSR Online Book Club. Teaching & Learning Committee members and other interested VASTA members will have the opportunity to host a 60-minute Zoom discussion, three times a year, of an article from the Voice and Speech Review that has had an impact on their practice. The T&L Committee hopes the Book Club will give members an opportunity to engage more regularly and more meaningfully with the incredible work that is being published in the Voice and Speech Review. Our first Book Club meeting will be held on Monday, November 19th via Zoom from 10am to 11am UTC. We will change the time of the meeting regularly to engage the maximum number of our international membership. The first meeting will be a discussion facilitated by T&L Committee Chair Diane Robinson of "The whole of humanity: voice and intracultural theatre practice" by Melissa Agnew and Kristine Landon-Smith, which was published in the Voice and Speech Review in 2016 in Volume 10, Issue 1. If you would like to attend the Book Club on November 19, please email Diane at, and she will send you the Zoom link, and some discussion-organizing questions to consider, closer to the date of the meeting.  And, if you've read something recently in the VSR that has really got you thinking and would like host or facilitate the next VSROBC meeting, let Diane know that, too.


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Global Communications Group

Committee Chair: Daron Oram

Daron Oram headshot









July to September are very much the conference season and there have been lots of opportunities for VASTA members to travel and gather together during this period. I’ve had the pleasure to be at two gatherings with a strong showing of VASTA members over the past two months. The first of these was the Freedom and Focus conference organised by the Fitzmaurice Institute. The Fitzmaurice conference happens every two years and this year came to the UK to the beautiful campus of Rose Bruford Drama School on the edge of London. This was a great opportunity to meet with voice teachers from across the globe, many of whom are already VASTA members. It was also a chance to share the value of VASTA membership with those who were not yet part of our global family. The theme of the conference was ‘crossing borders’ and I was greatly impressed by the open welcome to participants, regardless of their level of knowledge or background in voice. This was a wonderful reminder that we are all joined by a desire to work with people’s voices for our collective benefit. When we connect with others and dialogue about our work, across borders, we can only strengthen that work. In a world with so much division it is vital that as a voice community we work together in this way.


My second conference of the season was ATHE in Boston. This was a first for me and a chance to dialogue beyond the borders of voice with acting colleagues across a range of disciplines and interest groups. VASTA had a strong showing at the conference with a range of presentations that were very inspiring. I was unable to attend the VASTA Seattle conference but looked on from afar at the border crossings between VASTA and PAVA and enjoyed the Facebook posts of colleagues from across the globe who had travelled to take part this year.


Part of our aim within the Global Communications Group is to connect to regional networks of voice teachers to continue dialogues across borders and between VASTA members. VASTA member, Luis Aros, in Chile, has been building a strong network of voice teachers in South America over the last couple of years. He secured funding to bring together voice teachers in the region and has linked with the International Network for Voice based at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London to develop the international dialogue. On 26th and 27th October there will be a joint symposium held in London. This symposium titled Exchanging Pedagogies “aims to bring together practice, theory and research in vocal pedagogy from representatives of the training and academic sector in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to address inclusive pedagogical practices.” VASTA members who will be able to get to the UK in October are encouraged to join us for this important global conversation. (please email me for further details Meanwhile in Honduras, Oscar Quiroz has received a VASTA enrichment grant to help run a Central American meeting of voice teachers from 22nd to 24th August and he will write about this event for the next edition of the VASTA voice.


Lastly, please welcome Indira Pensado, who will be taking over as Chair of the Global Communication Group!


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Business and Corporate Consulting (BizCorp) Committee

Committee Chairs: Dolly May & Kendra Kingsbury





We see this committee as an exciting place for year-round skill development and support in coaching outside of academia.


Although officially we are a young committee, we are a long discussed and much wanted conversation in VASTA’s ongoing journey.


Membership from voice coaches working in the business and corporate world is on the rise, faculty members are increasingly diversifying into business and corporate coaching, as well as those setting themselves up as independent coaches working within the arts.


Our aim is to have 2 x 90-min learning-sessions per month, open to all VASTA members: Lighthouse Training Sessions and Testing Ground Sessions.


Each quarter we will invite all members to an online BizCorp Community gathering called, Committee Compass Sessions.


You can help steer this committee by joining the Committee Curators, or for a lighter touch, you can help us host the monthly online program.


See below for more info on the various ways to meet up online throughout the year…




Join VASTA’s BizCorp community add your voice to our facebook page:


Fill in form to get on mailing list:

Login / click on Membership / click ‘membership only resources / click on BizCorp / BizCorp Form


How to find our page on the VASTA website:

Login to Click on “Members’ Only Resources,” scroll down and click on “BizCorp.”

Can’t make the call… Watch it later!

One great new VASTA perk is that the trainings are all recorded and available for members to view if they’re unable to attend in public. For the Google Drive access to the trainings OR if you have ideas or want to get more involved, please fill out this out and let us know!


Watch email and FB Group for updates about what’s going on in the committee!



LIGHTHOUSE TRAINING SESSIONS (2nd week of each month)

Monthly 90 minute dedicated learning sessions on a wide variety of topics. From setting up as an independent practice, to translating your practice for the business setting. Whether your clients be in the business, corporate, or within the arts you can share skills and challenges in these wonderful vibrant sessions… The themes will rotate on a quarterly basis.


COMMITTEE COMPASS SESSIONS (1st month of each quarter)

Monthly 90 minute BizCorp Community gatherings online. We spend the whole year spread out around the world, so we felt it would be wonderful to meet and share, inspiration, themes and other feedback. Here we can discuss where the BizCore wants to go, how it wants to grow and feel connected throughout the year.


The above sessions will be recorded and saved for later viewing.


First Lighthouse Session will be in the 2nd week of October (date tbc)

First Compass Committee Community Gathering will be in the 1st week of October (date tbc)




COMMITTEE CURATORS (2nd month of each quarter)

BizCorp’s quarterly Steering Group sessions, for making committee direction decisions. The Committee Curators will make strategic decisions on choosing the quarterly themes, overseeing content output, and other significant committee decisions. Open to any BizCore Member choosing to commit to make BizCorp a thriving and active committee.  



We aim to offer a vibrant regular series of online calls, and as such we would love some help hosting them. This does not mean you have to have all the answers.. It is the role of starting the call, being the Zoom (video platform) host for that call, and making sure the sessions run to time. The tech stuff will be sorted for you, all you need to do is show up, press play and welcome everyone :)


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More information will be available on our vasta-page and emails as we get closer to our Oct Relaunch. In the meantime, come hangout on the FB-page. Bring us your challenges, input, questions and suggestions. We’ve been asked to be heard by VASTA for years and now it's our responsibility to step up.


We want this committee to be a strong voice and an innovative arm of VASTA\!
We hope to see you all online soon..

With love,

Dolly & Kendra


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Conference and Membership Updates




The Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) is seeking an Association Manager to assist the Board and its passionate member volunteers in the day-to-day management challenges of its growing international organization. The Association Manager will work in tandem with the President, Board, and Officers to manage the operations and the financials of the association; this is a part-time position, not to exceed 30 hours per week.


VASTA ( is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to serving the needs of the voice and speech profession and to developing the art and science of the human voice. Though most of its 700+ members are based in the U.S., Canada and the UK, fifteen countries are represented with members in Australia, Mexico, South Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the South Pacific.




Operational Management:


• Along with the President, provide support to Board Members, Officers, and Committee Chairs;

• Manage the logistics of all Board meetings (including virtual meetings);

• Attend all Board meetings and provide pertinent reports;

• Collaborate closely with the Director of Technology to ensure efficient online operations (website, email addresses, admin, etc.);

• In conjunction with the Conference Director(s), manage all annual conference logistics and contracting;

• Coordinate with the editor of the Voice & Speech Review to ensure timely publication and distribution of the journal;

• Provide quarterly reports to the President;

• Research and pursue grants to support operations of the association and conferences and support member’s initiatives.


Financial Management:


• Serve as the Association’s Treasurer, with oversight provided by the Finance Committee of the Board;

• Consult with the President and the Finance Committee in preparing the annual budget for board approval;

• Manage the annual budget: membership fees, conference registration and logistics, scholarships and grants, etc.;

• Be responsible for negotiation of contracts and insurance.




• Bachelor’s Degree with 1-2 years related experience in Business Management;

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as well as with a degree of autonomy;

• Demonstrated ability to plan, prepare, and administer budgets;

• Excellent computer skills;

• Excellent organizational skills: ability to set priorities and balance competing demands;

• Excellent communication skills: verbal as well as written.




• Experience with arts organizations;

• Familiarity with event planning;

• Experience with budgetary management programs.




Commensurate with experience.




VASTA is committed to a policy of equality in its employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law.




Send a letter of interest and resume/CV, including references to:

Antonio Ocampo-Guzman, Chair of Search Committee


Applications will be evaluated as they are received; position will remain open until filled.


Anticipated starting date: January 1, 2019


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VASTA's Early Career Leadership Initiative is back for its third year!


VASTA is dedicated to promoting leadership for members, to prepare them for a varied and fulfilling career. This initiative is designed to benefit newer members, early in their career, by having them attend a year of board meetings, to learn the inner workings of the organization. The member will have attended at least one VASTA conference before applying.

While this will be a non-voting position, it will afford an opportunity to have the views of early career members heard in order to help craft policy and procedures from a fresh perspective. Our mission statement guides VASTA to represent as many diverse views as possible, to enrich all our approaches to teaching and coaching voice and speech in education, business, and the wider community.

The meetings include:

The Quarter 4 Board meeting in a select city in the time period of Oct to December- Friday evening, all day Saturday, Sunday early afternoon. Flight and hotel are paid for by VASTA.
3 Video Conference Calls throughout the year. As issues arise, there may be a need for one or two more ‘virtual’ meetings.
Annual Conference Board meetings: All day meeting before the evening opening session of the annual conference, and a short follow-up meeting at the end of the conference (eg noon to 3 pm or 6 to 8 pm). Attendance at the summer conference and meetings are not funded for board members or this position.

Reporting on the experience:
As well as full attendance at all board meetings, this initiative requires short reports on your experience at each meeting for the newsletter- VASTA Visions. We are keen to keep members in the loop about Board happenings from your point of view.

To apply, go to 

OR email a statement in PDF form and include:

-When you joined VASTA
-How you got connected with VASTA
-Why you would like to attend the board meetings as the Early Career representative
-How this will impact plans for your career

Please, separately attach a CV of your experience to date and email your application to the President, Michael J. Barnes at

Deadline is Friday, October 26th, 2018.

If you have any questions, please reach out to


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ATHE Conference Planner: Cynthia DeCure







ATHE Proposals Due November 1!


Announcing a Call for VASTA Session Proposals for the 2019 ATHE Conference to be held in ORLANDO from August 7-11, 2019! This is right after the VASTA Conference.


For the following Proposals, the deadline is November 1st, 2018, 11:59pm, Central Standard Time

Workshops: Demonstrating practical, hands-on work.  Workshops usually have a minimum of three (3) presenters but can include more. These can be experiential or pedagogical in nature.  

Paper Panels: A formal panel presenting papers/research exploring the facets of a single topic. Minimum of three (3) presenters as part of the panel.

Panel Discussion/Roundtable: A more informal discussion of a single topic with three to five participants.

Multidisciplinary Panels: These can be any of the above formats, but must include multiple disciplines, such as VASTA and the acting focus group. Please contact Cynthia DeCure ( if you plan to put together a Multidisciplinary Panel. These panels must be sponsored by the focus group planners of at least one other Focus Group. Each Focus Group conference planner must be contacted. If you have an idea for a multidisciplinary panel but don’t have a group assembled, let her know and she can help you to reach interested parties from other Focus and Groups. Look on the ATHE website to see a list of the Focus Groups. Note: The presenting group does not have to contain representatives from focus groups but must have the sponsorship of the two groups.


For Debut Panels ONLY the submission process and deadline is different:

Debut Panels: We encourage First-Time ATHE Presenters who have short presentations to share, approximately 20 minutes, to share hands-on voice exercises and/or paper topics. Please send your “proposed exercise to present” or paper abstract directly to Cynthia DeCure ( by March 30, 2019.

If you have questions about the submission process or if you just want to talk through your ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact Cynthia DeCure at


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A VASTA MEG II Mini-Conference 


On February 3, 2018, VASTA and PAVA members gathered together in Chicago for a day of sharing and learning. The gathering was generously supported by a VASTA MEG II Mini-Conference grant of $500.00, which paid for our space and parking rental, some travel expenses and lunch. We met from 10am to 5pm and at the end of the day, we had created new knowledge, new ideas for future collaboration, community and service. and community. Each of us are so intensely grateful for VASTA’s support for building and sustaining community around voice work at the regional level. We will pay it forward, bringing the knowledge built and our energized ongoing interdisciplinary work to VASTA, PAVA and the individuals and organizations it serves.

The first part of the day was structured as a roundtable. We had a white board, wi-fi and lots of room to move around in. Members brought laptops and handouts and books and anatomical models and links to resources to share. Meredith Colby, author of Money Notes: How to Sing High, Loud, Healthy and Forever, drove in that morning from Deerfield, Illinois where she teaches singers and singing teachers using her Neural-Vocal technique. Meredith shared a handout on her method and discussed the latest findings in neurology and cognition, leading the group in a demonstration of how to sing high and loud and healthy.

Elisa Gonzales shared the inspiration and creation process for her devised theater project, La Casa de Inez, which she has written about in the VSR (La Casa de Inez: Investigating History, Voice, and Memory through Embodied, Site-Specific Storytelling, Voice and  Speech  Review, 12:1, 11-23, DOI: 10.1080/23268263.2018.) Elisa described a devising process that explored Fitzmaurice Voicework® to release the memories of the body, and shared beautiful, moving images of the performers and performing site. Elisa detailed her plans for future iteration of the work and arts research around devising.

Patricia Skarbinski has developed a style of teaching acting called Somatic Meisner, which integrates the Sanford Meisner technique with various somatic practices including Williamson Physical Training for the Actor and Somatic Experiencing®, based on the work of Peter Levine. Patricia and Elizabeth Terrell demonstrated a repetition exercise that created a palpable sense of the performers ability to immediately access their truthful emotional connection to each other in an improvised environment.

Anne-Marie Nest introduced us to work she has done with Barbara Adrian and Bartenieff Fundamentals with Voice and that she uses with her students at Iowa. She demonstrated and led the group in a range of physical explorations conducted while freely releasing sound that quickly fostered a deeper experience of how a released voice moves through the body.

Elizabeth Terrell demonstrated the way she works with diaphragmatic entrapments in her voice classes and private lessons. Elizabeth’s hands-on work allows her to detect and free the diaphragm from stress- and-tension induced entrapments, allowing the performer to access a voice connected to the breath, body and emotions without excessive effort and in a way that engages the entire body.

Sweta Soni added incredible value to our gathering as a member of PAVA and an SLP and voice pathologist. Having her with us generated excitement about our upcoming joint VASTA/PAVA conference. Sweta shared a method for obtaining a Voice Range Profile - setting a vocal function baseline with a new client that involves measuring and recording pitch and volume range. Sweta also presented an introduction to Vocology and its practices.

My presentation consisted of sharing resources that survey the existing research that has been done on practices that constitute effective Transgender Voice and Communication training. I shared some of the voice and communication goals of my transgender and gender non-conforming clients, and how we use various foundational theater voice and movement practices, including Fitzmaurice Voicework®, Knight- Thompson Speechwork, Laban Bartenieff physical and vocal efforts, and vocal function exercises, to help them refine and meet their voice goals. I shared my belief that the work the transgender and non-binary community is doing to interrogate gender and voice has the potential to radically transform the way we hear difference, and creates and demands new equity, diversity and inclusion and intersectionality in theater voice training, singing teaching, and speech language pathology. I led the group in some small explorations of their own gender identity as it is reflected in their use of their voices.

The response to the gathering was overwhelmingly positive. We were each of us truly grateful for the opportunity to come together and share information and build community. Meredith was especially appreciative that the nature of the gathering included such a sharing of the learning process and provided so many take away tools to use. Meredith post-gathering thoughts included her belief that “with voice and speech, we are changing and affecting a fundamental piece of a person’s identity.”

Elisa shared “I realized how hungry I had been for new insights, connections, and in some small way, to be a student myself again. This gathering of women was a beautiful reminder to me of the radical wealth sharing of knowledge and practice that exists among VASTA members. It was a delightful day of many "Aha!" and "ooh" moments that can only happen when teachers are passionately engaged in sharing their pedagogy and research.” She left the gathering “feeling empowered and energized, and proud to be a member of an organization that continually strives to promote and broaden the field of voice and speech in so many diverse and innovative ways. I had been craving a meeting of the minds and yesterday fed my soul!” Sweta shared, “What was very eye opening for me was how broad the world of voice is.”

The meeting inspired new directions for research and creative work. Members were inspired and are looking forward to building new connections, grateful for such a “heart-centered group” and again, truly grateful to VASTA for its help in our creation of a physically and psychologically welcoming space for learning and sharing.


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Voice and Speech Review

Rockford Sansom

Hello, VASTA members, 

The July 2018 (12.2) issue for the Voice and Speech Review (VSR) is available now on the VSR’s Routledge website. (See login instructions below). Our third and final issue of the year will be available in November (12.3). This issue will have a special section on Australian Voice Training, a fitting tribute to the continued global scope of VASTA and the VSR.

We have several important announcements:

1)  The new call for papers is now available!

The latest call for papers includes a call for general articles, and there is a call for abstracts for a Special Issue marking the 20th anniversary of the VSR. The issue will have a Guest Editor (Matthew Hoch), and it will be called Voice Training in 2020: A Vision for the Future. The deadline for abstracts for the Special Issue is December 1, 2018.

The next deadline for general article drafts is October 15, 2018. See below for more details.

2)  VASTA members may still receive a free printed copy of the VSR, but now you must sign up through the VASTA website to do so.

Instructions on how to receive your free printed copy and answers to frequently asked questions are below. The deadline to sign up to receive your 2018 printed copy has been moved up to October 1, 2018.

3)  All VASTA members now receive 30% off all Routledge Press online book orders! See below for more details and to get the discount code. 

Please let me know if you have any questions, would like any further information, or would like to get involved in the VSR.

Most sincerely,

Rockford Sansom, Editor-in-Chief


Sample Articles from July 2018 (12.2) – Available Now  

Accent Modification, Voicework, and ALS: A Case Study in Prolonging the Ability to Speak by Andrea Caban

The Neurobiological Basis of Emotion and Imagination in Relationship to Breath and Guts: Smukler’s Swamp as Case Study by Tanya Elchuk

Coaching Actors with Stage Fright: A Literature Review for Coaches with Tangible Tips and Guides by Julie Petry


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More Information about the VSR

About the VSR

Editorial Board 

Call for Papers

Author Guidelines 

Book and Media Review Information

Frequently Asked Questions 

Resources for Authors 

VSR Awards 


Special Issue Call for Papers - Voice Training in 2020: A Vision for the Future


In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Voice and Speech Review (VSR), this upcoming Special Issue focuses on the current climate of voice training across all disciplines, charts a vision for the future, and examines voice with a multidisciplinary lens. Articles will be accepted on all types of performance pedagogy – including singing, acting, coaching, and professional voice use – as well as pieces related to training programs and certification. Articles that contemplate improvements to curricula in higher education will also be considered. The collective articles in this issue will build upon historical models for voice training and recommend a pathway forward to the next generation. Voice use as a public health issue will also be explored – how can we, as voice professionals, engage in civic initiatives and social responsibility to promote vocal wellbeing? The special issue will publish in July of 2020.


Articles might explore but are not limited to the following:

·       Performance voice pedagogy (speech, singing, acting, coaching, other professional voice use)

·       Training programs, certification, and institutional and curricula

·       History of voice training (across all disciplines)

·       Charting a vision for the future – “next steps” in voice pedagogy and training

·       Vocal health issues in 2020

·       Public outreach and education

·       Voice and civic engagement


Guest Editor: Dr. Matthew Hoch


Special Issue Deadline for Abstracts: December 1, 2018


Please send Dr. Hoch an abstract of 200 words or less outlining your article proposal. For approved abstracts, the article draft deadline will be July 1, 2019. (Articles are only accepted for publication after peer review.) Send all Special Issue abstracts, questions, and inquiries to


Call for Papers - General Articles in 2019 and 2020


Voice and Speech Review continually solicits articles and essays that focus on voice and speech topics and training, particularly for the performing arts. The VSR welcomes peer-reviewed articles from a broad array of voice-oriented subjects. We also welcome scholarly essays and interviews based on personal experience that are often practical notes

from the field, as well as book and other resource reviews.


Upcoming Deadlines for Drafts


October 15, 2018: Final deadline for 2019 article consideration

July 1, 2019: Early deadline for 2020 article consideration 

Articles are processed in the order they are received. Early submission is encouraged. Submission does not guarantee publication. Publication timelines can vary. Contributors need not be members of VASTA to publish. The VSR prides itself on supporting veteran and new scholars alike. 



Submissions for general articles and inquiries should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Rockford Sansom, at Queries regarding book and media reviews should be send to the Reviews Editor, Prof. Kate Glasheen, at Visit for more information, author resources, and a free sample issue.


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Frequently Asked Questions about the Printed Copy Update:


When will I receive the 2018 printed VSR?

The 2018 volume will print and mail by December 2018. However, members in various countries receive their copies at different times because of global shipping. Allow up to three months for delivery (March 1, 2019).

My address is already up-to-date on the Profile Info page of the VASTA website. Do I need to reenter my address?

No, the volume will be mailed to your address as listed on the Profile Info page. Just make sure that you have selected “Yes” when asked if you want a VSR printed copy in the Pro Index Pref section of the VASTA website.

Keep in mind that your "Profile/Account Info" and "Pro Index" pages on the VASTA website are separate. Updating one page DOES NOT update the other, so always check that the information on both pages is current.

If I do not want a printed copy of the VSR, will I still have complimentary digital access?

Yes, all VASTA members receive complimentary digital access to the VSR. You can access every volume since the journal’s founding in 2000.

Can I change my mind about receiving a printed version of the VSR?

Yes, you may change your selection at any time. However, be mindful that your selection is recorded on October 1 of each year for the annual printing.

Do I have to select “Yes” each year if I want a printed copy of the VSR?

No, once you select “Yes” and elect to receive a printed VSR copy, you will not have to update your profile yearly. Nevertheless, we highly recommend that you confirm your selection and your current address each year before October 1.

Who do I contact with questions?

Contact the Editor-in-Chief, Rockford Sansom, at  


All VASTA members now receive 30% off all Routledge Press online book orders!

Click Here to access the VASTA Member Benefits Website from Routledge

This website has free book chapters, newsletters, and other voice training resources, in addition to Routledge's collection of voice and performing arts books. This discount is valid on print titles only, ordered online. Offer expires December 31, 2018.

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Don't forget about your other VASTA membership benefits through Routledge Press. You receive access to the Voice and Speech Review (VASTA sponsored) and digital access to Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. Go to for more details. 


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Member News

Hollace Starr

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Below please find Member News for members with last names M-R.

The schedule for publishing Member News for the rest of 2018 (with submissions being made ideally by the first of the month) is as follows:

Mid-November: Members with last names/surnames beginning with S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

Member News should be emailed to Hollace at for publishing. Please attach a jpg photo to your email and adhere to the following format for your submission:

Font: Times New Roman, Size 12 Font
YOUR NAME IN ALL CAPS (Location City, State or Country)
Book Titles: italics
Play Titles: italics
Articles: quotation marks
Journals: italics

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Hollace Starr                                                                                      

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BRIAN MANTERNACH, DM (Salt Lake City, UT) continues as Assistant Professor of Voice (Clinical) in the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre. In the last year he has given presentations for the NCVS Summer Vocology Institute (Salt Lake City), NATS National Conference (Las Vegas), NATS Cal-Western Conference (Salt Lake City), the Utah Theatre Association (Layton), the Idaho Thespian Festival (Boise), and the PAVA Symposium (Toronto) with upcoming presentations at the VASTA/PAVA Conference (Seattle) and the Alabama NATS Fall Workshop (Florence). This past spring his 50th article for Classical Singer was published as well as his 5th Journal of Singing article since becoming an Associate Editor in 2017. He also contributed a chapter to the recently published book The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook (Meredith Music). After serving as Northern Utah NATS Chapter President for four years, he now begins a term as Utah NATS District Governor.


JEREMY MANTERNACH, Ph.D. (Iowa City, IA) is Assistant Professor of Vocal Music Education at the University of Iowa. He is a frequent voice and choral clinician and conducted multiple all-city and all-conference honor choirs in the last year. He has recently focused his research on perceptual and acoustic effects of semi-occluded vocal tract exercises in various settings. In the past two years, he has presented on straw phonation in choirs at gatherings of the Acoustical Society of America, NAfME, PAVA, NATS, and ACDA. In that time, his publications have appeared in such venues as the Journal of Voice, Journal of Research in Music Education, and Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. He served for two years on the editorial board of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and was recently appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Education. He continues to serve as a regular guest reviewer for the Journal of Voice.



NATALIE MCMANUS, MA, CCC-SLP, DLT (Potomac, MD) is enjoying dividing her time between working with private clients through her company, Professionally Speaking, LLC (; vocal coaching for area theatre productions; working on the board of directors for Rockville Little Theatre (having recently served on the BOD for Peace Mountain Theatre Company); recording news for the blind at the Metropolitan Washington Ear; and acting in area theatres, most recently in the ensemble cast of Radium Girls with Rockville Little Theatre.  She also serves on the Arts Committee of her church helping direct and produce several productions each year.  Natalie is excited to celebrate her 15 years as a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher by taking a workshop at the Linklater Centre in Scotland next June.


  DERIC MCNISH, MFA, PHD (East Lansing, MI) serves as Assistant Professor and Director of the BFA in Acting at Michigan State University. This year, he was awarded the AT&T Award in Instructional Technology for his dialects course. He has been promoted to Senior Editor of the International Dialects of English Archive where he has published a total of over 40 samples. This summer, he is presenting at the VASTA-PAVA conference on his work using acting and voice techniques with English language learners, which will be the subject of his upcoming co-authored book, Teaching with Drama: What Every ESL Teacher Needs to Know (University of Michigan Press). His chapter, “Training Actors with Disabilities,” appears in New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts (Palgrave Macmillan).


JUDE MCSPADDEN, (Liverpool and Manchester, England) is launching Northern Voice Collective this september alsong with Nicola Redman and Laura Carroll. Northern Voice Collective (NVC) will deliver short and long term voice and performance training in the North West of England. Jude Nic and Laura are dedicated to establishing quality voice and performance training for all, highlighting the quality of voice training available in the north. The Launch in September is three days of pay what you can taster sessions on accent, text or public speaking held at Liverpool Everyman, Hope studios and 53two in Manchester. Jude, Nic and Laura all teach at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Alongside her teaching at LIPA, Jude has been teaching at the Young Everyman Playhouse in Liverpool, working as a consultant for Crying Out Loud Productions, and working as a voice actor. NVC will be putting their extensive experience toward supporting the thriving acing and creative community in the North West of England and are looking forward to this new venture For more information contact and follow on Twitter @northernvoiceco


PAUL MEIER (Founder and Director, IDEA; President, Paul Meier Dialect Services; Professor Emeritus,University of Kansas) is using his new freedom from academia to devote more time to IDEA, to his coaching practice, and to other projects. One such project is with The Great Courses company, a lecture series on Performing Shakespeare; he highly recommends this company to other VASTA members with professorial appointments. His new podcast series, In a Manner of Speaking, has already featured interviews with David Crystal, Eric Armstrong, Cameron Meier, and leading audiobook narrators, Julia Whelan and Tavia Gilbert. VASTA colleagues Jim Johnson, Amy Stoller, David Alan Stern, and Rena Cook are scheduled in the coming months. He thanks all who generously donated to IDEA during the recent fund drive; and at the beginning of the academic year, he thanks all who continue to use Accents and Dialects for Stage and Screen as their textbook of choice.



JOAN MELTON, PHD, ADVS (New York, NY) is collaborating with voice specialists in Stockholm, Sweden, on a project designed to observe tracheal pull in the breath management strategies of professional actors. Whereas earlier investigations focused on the breathing behaviors of classical singers, the current study considers un-mic'd speech in a range of performance venues. Joan is also writing a chapter, “Pilates and the Actor/Singer,” for upcoming NATS publication So You Want to Sing with Awareness.


JULIA MOODY: Adjunct senior lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts resigned from her position as Head of Voice in the Acting and Music Theatre departments in January 2018. She had been teaching at WAAPA for 21 years. This year she has been working freelance around Australia, mainly focussing on performance and vocal training with barristers and broadcasters. She was vocal and dialect coach on Assassins directed by Roger Hodgeman for the Black Swan State Theatre Company in Western Australia. She has been elected patron of the Speech and Drama Teachers’ Association of Western Australia. In September this year she takes up a position as voice lecturer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in the BA(Hons) Acting and the MA Theatre Lab courses.



CHRISTINE MOTTRAM (London, UK) has completed her third year of teaching voice, text and accents on the BA Acting and Musical Theatre programs at Arts Educational Schools London, and her second year as a full-time faculty member. She has also just wrapped up the fifth international Freedom & Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework ® Conference in London, for which she was on the organizational team and for which she taught a workshop on vocal presence in text work. Earlier this year, she gave a presentation for the British Voice Association with her ArtsEd colleague, Laurann Brown, regarding the challenges of spoken voice training for musical theatre students. She also taught a voice workshop for the Young Company at The Almeida Theatre. Christine continues to work with private clients seeking voice and accent coaching and to develop her voice training blog,, which is designed to create content for people who want guidance in their at-home voice practice. She is looking forward to continuing her work at ArtsEd in the coming year, where she will continue to teach and will also step into a show coaching role.


KATHLEEN MULLIGAN (Ithaca College) recently returned from Amritsar, India, where she taught her three-day workshop “Finding Your Voice” at the S.S.S.S. College of Commerce for Women. While in Amritsar, she met with curators and board members of the new Partition Museum to discuss bringing the original play Dagh Dagh Ujala (This Stained Dawn) to that venue. The play is the result of Mulligan’s sabbatical project “Voices of Partition,” developed with husband David Studwell and Theatre Wallay (Islamabad, Pakistan), and based on interviews with survivors of the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. The production opened in Islamabad in April 2015 and toured the eastern United States in October of that year.


PATRICK MULRYAN (New York, NY) spent the Spring as a visiting adjunct with the Pace BFA Musical Theatre Performance Program while continuing his work with the Brooklyn College MFA Acting Program and as a Core Faculty Member with the Tom Todoroff Acting Conservatory.  He is currently developing a piece based on the work of Pirandello with JJewell Productions which he will be directing in September at the Theatre at Blessed Sacrament on the Upper West Side in New York City.



LUKE NICHOLSON (London, UK) continues to coach for his company Improve Your Accent and has now taught students from over 75 countries around the world. His popular accent YouTube videos have amassed hundreds of thousands of views. Last year his paper “Teaching vowels physically” was published as the lead article in Volume 11 Issue 2 of the VSR, and he was interviewed by the BBC about his How to Pronounce London Underground Stations tool. This summer Luke will be teaching on SCEP at University College London.



ANTONIO OCAMPO-GUZMAN (Boston, MA) continues to serve on the Board of Directors of VASTA. Last winter, Antonio directed his first musical ever, Man of La Mancha, for New Repertory Theatre. This past summer, he directed his sixth production for Boston Midsummer Opera, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Antonio was the principal master teacher at CEUVOZ’s conference in Mexico City, and led a workshop in Linklater voice and Improvisation at VASTA’s conference in Seattle. Later this year, he will direct Carol Ann Duffy’s adaptation of Everyman, at Northeastern University, where he is an Associate Professor of Theatre, teaching all levels of acting, improvisation and voice.


ANDREW PAPA (Detroit, MI) is getting ready to begin his second year as an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Performing Arts Department at University of Detroit Mercy. His book review for "The Successful Voice: Strategies, Drills and Exercises for Public Speaking, Acting and Everyday Conversation" was recently published in The Voice and Speech Review. Andrew looks forward to co-presenting research on performance anxiety at the VASTA/PAVA Conference in Seattle, as well as presenting with a panel session at the ATHE Conference entitled "Voice-Speech-Action: Connecting Truth-to-Power in Performance." He also looks forward to directing War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast by Joe Landry at the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company this fall.


CAROL PENDERGRAST sends regrets that she cannot attend (again) the VASTA conference this year, due to rehearsals for a show (paid engagement) in which she plays Queen Elizabeth the 1st.  It is called "Shakespeare Incorporated" by Don Fried and is a comedy about all the writers that some critics have claimed were the actual writers of Shakespeare's plays. This is with a thriving dinner theatre in Wilmington, NC, called Theatre Now. In November she will be going to Boquete, Panama to work with an English language theatre group there.  


PAMELA PRATHER (SUNY Purchase College, NY, USA), has a big happy share! She has just been granted tenure as an Associate Professor of Theatre at SUNY Purchase.  In the Spring of 2018, her article “Vocal Traditions: Vibrant Voice Technique” was published in The Voice and Speech Review.  She coached Mousetrap, directed by James Black, Holmes and Watson, directed by Mark Shanahan and Satchmo at the Waldorf directed by the playwright Terry Teachout at the Tony Award ® winning Alley Theater in the Spring and Summer of 2018.  She also coached two episodes of Power (Episode 508 & 509) on Starz Network.  This fall she is honored to be taking on the role of President-Elect for VASTA.


ARTEMIS PREESHL, Ed.D., taught dialects, acting, and movement, coached dialects and verse for Twelfth Night, and co-directed Instant Laughter at Elon University (2017-2018). Routledge published Shakespeare and Commedia dell’arte: Play by Play (2017) and will publish her dissertation, Reframing Acting in the Digital Age (2019). She directed and coached dialects for Ripe Figs (2018 Big Easy and Greater New Orleans Film Festivals). Dr. Preeshl presented “Shakespeare in Appalachia” at the 2018 Mildred Haun Appalachian and Fitzmaurice Freedom & Focus conferences. As a Fulbright Senior Theatre Specialist, Artemis taught acting and speech, and directed Shakespearean scenes and monologues at Theatre Wallay, and lectured and screened her film Inacheve at Fatima Jinnah Women’s College in Pakistan in 2018. She teaches speech and theatre appreciation at the University of West Georgia in 2018-2019. She served as VASTA’s Treasurer for Montreal, Chicago, and Singapore conferences (2015-2017) and received the VASTA’s 2018 Member-Sponsored Appreciation Award. Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework Intimacy Director/Choreographer SAG-AFTRA AEA SDC


DIANE ROBINSON’s company, Chicago Voice Center, specializes in working with transgender clients, business communication and accent coaching. Recent CVC clients include Springboards Consulting, Center on Halsted, Chicago Sinfonietta, Rush Medical College, Second City Training Center, Howard Brown Health, NBC’s Chicago Fire, ABC’s Betrayal, Blue Bird Arts productions of Beauty Queen of Lenane and Hello and Goodbye, Eclipse Theater’s Mud River Stone, Roosevelt University’s Shaw Shorts and Trinity Christian College’s The Language Archive.  Since becoming a certified associate Fitzmaurice Voicework® teacher, Diane has taught with DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, Elmhurst College, the University of Texas at El Paso, Cal State Long Beach, and the University of Illinois Chicago, and directed and/or coached dialects for Heartbreak House, Oklahoma!, Noises Off, Dracula, Lobster Alice and Bukowski/Sondheim.  2017-18 conference presentations include leading an introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework® at the Transgender Singing Conference at Earlham College, presenting Studying Trans* Vocality - Gender Studies and Voice Work Perspectives at the 2018 VASTA conference and Bringing Participatory Action Research Methodologies to Qualitative Research in Transgender Voice Work at the Creative Bodies Creative Minds conference in Graz, Austria (for which Diane received travel support from VASTA’s Interdisciplinary grant committee), and leading a workshop on Shakespeare and Embodied Voice at the Transgender Voices Festival: Song, Story, Justice, and Community in St. Paul. Also in 2018, Diane brought Midwest VASTA members to Chicago for a day of learning and teaching that was generously supported by a VASTA MEG grant.  Recently, Diane performed in a workshop production of a new play by Chicago playwright M.T. Cozzola called And Then They Came at the Piven Theatre, and directed Jacqueline Wright’s Redwood as part of City Lit’s Art of Adaptation Festival. She participated in Northwestern’s Center for Audiology, Speech, Language and Learning’s Transgender Voice: A Clinical Workshop for Speech-Language Pathologists and the Transgender Voice and Communication Training for Voice Clinicians hosted by Roosevelt University. Recent service to VASTA includes chairing the Teaching & Learning Committee and serving on the VASTA BizCorp subcommittee for conference planning, assisting in securing continuing education credits for VASTA’s 2017 conference, and contributing articles to VASTA Voices and book reviews to the VSR. Slated for 2019 are Chicago Voice Center’s ongoing voice courses for transgender women in business with Center on Halsted and developing Learning and Culture trainings for Springboards Consulting. In addition to private voice lessons for actors and non-actors, Chicago Voice Center also hosts ongoing Public Speaking for Women workshop/support groups, Fitzmaurice Voicework® classes, leads a drop-in transgender voice class for Howard Brown Health, co-hosts a Training The Playwright’s Voice workshop and teaches an Accents for Actors Day-Long Bootcamp.


LUCILLE SCHUTMAAT-RUBIN, PHD (New York, NY) has enjoyed another year at Circle  in the Square Theatre School teaching voice to actors and singers. She coaches both  performers and private corporate clients in her office at 119 West 57th Street, NY City. Her business title is Professionally Speaking. Additionally, she sends copies of her in house newsletters to both The Speaker’s Voice and The Performer’s Voice Newsletters.  She designed and edited the publication of Movement for the Actor.  The book is now  out of print but is yearly requested for reprints.  Dr. Rubin is an active member of The Voice Foundation, its  Advisory Board and the Presentation Outreach Committee. She coaches  global presenters at our yearly symposia in Philadelphia.


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VASTA Board of Directors & Officers

Board of Directors

Michael Barnes
2018 - 2020

Betty Moulton
Past President
2018 - 2020

Pamela Prather
President Elect
2018 - 2020





Micha Espinosa

Cynthia DeCure

Daron Oram

Julia Guichard

Kristi Dana

Antonio O'Campo-Guzman





Tamara Meneghini-Stalker  

Chaslee Schweitzer

Rockford Sansom
Editor-in-Chief, The Voice & Speech Review

Kate Glasheen
Reviews Editor, The Voice & Speech Review

Lauren Murphy Yeoman
Editor, The VASTA Voice

Hollace Starr
Associate Editor, The VASTA Voice

Thrasso Petras
Director of Membership Services

Kendra Kingsbury
Director of Annual Conference

Marie Downing
ATHE Conference Planner
Cynthia DeCure
Associate ATHE Conference Planner
Rene Pulliam
ATHE Focus Group Representative

Cynthia Bassham
Human Resources Director

Lynn Watson
Investments Officer

Adriano Cabral
Director of Technology/Web Services 

Kendra Kingsbury
Associate Director of Technololgy
2017 -

Yolanda Heman-Ackah

 Associate Officers

Amy Stoller
Editor, VASTA Links Page

Flloyd Kennedy
Editor, Workshop & Events Page

Janet B. Rodgers
VASTA Archivist 

Brad Gibson

Judd Johnson
Social Media Manager

Foster Johns
Social Media Content Manager







Committee Chairs

Barry Kur
 Awards and Grants Committee

Cynthia DeCure
 Diversity Committee

Colton Weiss
Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee

Diane Robinson
Teaching and Learning Committee

Daron Oram
Global Membership Group

Dolly May & Kendra Kingsbury
Business and Corporate Consulting Group





Contact Information Available at VASTA.ORG


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