For the first time, VASTA will hold its annual conference next year in Sydney, Australia! The conference will be held at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).


The conference dates are: 24 July to 28 July 2020.


The Call for Proposals has now closed. We have attempted to allow for different timezones and have provided a short grace period before closing registrations. If you have any questions or concerns, or feel you missed out, please email us at sydney2020 (at)

We are excited to announce the 2020 conference theme: 
Dreaming the Future: Evolving Traditions.


Watch our promo video to find out more!


Important Dates

To give our international guests more time to prepare for the big trip, our Call for Proposals will occur earlier than usual this year. Please take note of the following important dates (these are Australian dates so they may vary by a day depending on your location):

  • Call for Proposals opened 22 September 2019

  • Call for Proposals closed 10 November 2019

  • Registration opens: February 2020 (see below for ticket prices so you can start planning!)

  • Members notified of successful proposals: by 20 January 2020


To further assist you in your planning, you can now download a Schedule at a Glance, which provides you with an outline of the Conference schedule (please note that there might be some minor changes to the schedule. However, start and end times will remain the same).


Download the Schedule at a Glance here

Ticket Prices

Tickets will go on sale in February 2020 (dates have been pushed back due to the development of the new VASTA website). Prices are listed below to assist you in your preparations. Please note, prices are listed in both USD and AUD.  However, the AUD price is based on the current exchange rate and may vary slightly: 


Early Bird Prices Full Conference Pass (available until 15 May 2020)
Members: 300 USD / 430 AUD approx
Student/Retiree: 175 USD / 250 AUD approx
Non-Members: 400 USD / 575 AUD approx
Full Price Full Conference Pass (from 15 May 2020) 
Members: $350 / 505 AUD approx
Student/Retiree: $225 / 325 AUD approx
Non-Member: $450 / 650 AUD approx
Limited Access Passes
1 Day: 175 USD / 250 AUD approx
2 Day + 1 year membership: 350 USD / 505 AUD approx



Our 2020 conference team has compiled all the information you need for your stay in Sydney, including special rates at local hotels for VASTA members.

Book your accommodation


Travel Help

We have a team of VASTA Aussie Helpers who are ready to help you coordinate your Australian experience. If you're considering running or attending workshops in Australia while you are here, they can provide you with information and guidance about venues, accommodation and other useful tips. 

Find an Aussie Helper

If you would like to be listed as an Aussie Helper, please contact Jennifer Innes.


The 2020 Conference Directors are Amy HumeJennifer Innes and Katerina Moraitis. You can contact us at sydney2020 (at)