It is with deep sadness that we have decided to postpone the 2020 VASTA conference in Sydney.


If you have made a booking with our accommodation partner, Sydney Lodges, please contact the hotel directly to cancel and receive a full refund.


Please see a message from VASTA Board President, Michael J. Barnes below:


20 March 2020

Greetings VASTA members: 


Though I am writing this only seven days after my last letter, in light of global changes, it seems ages ago. The speed at which we are learning of COVID-19 Coronavirus’s impact can take one aback. The importance of taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities has become paramount.  

After conversations with our Sydney conference host school, NIDA, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision that there will be no annual conference this year. Although we are saddened to make the decision, it is clear that it is the most responsible action in protecting the health of our members.  

Our hope is to come together for our very next conference in Sydney, ideally in July 2021, one year later than planned. 

For those who have already registered for the conference, you will receive a full refund within 48 hours. Please contact Nancy Bos, our Director of Operations, if you have any questions. For those who have booked travel and need a letter documenting the cancellation in order to receive reimbursement, please contact Nancy for that as well.

I want to recognize and thank the Conference Directors for Sydney 2020:  Amy Hume, Jennifer Innes, and Katerina Moraitis. The conference was to be an exciting mix of featured presentations, member presentations, and guest performances. Our hope is to carry over all of these arrangements to next year - that those people who were accepted to present in July 2020 will be available to present when we reschedule We will be in touch with presenters when we have a firm plan to see who is willing and able to be involved and how many spots will be left to fill .

In other news, according to the VASTA Bylaws, we must hold an annual meeting of the membership. As this has normally been held at the conference, our plan is to have a web meeting somewhere near the end of July or beginning of August.  Our Zoom account can easily involve 100 members; in order to involve as many people as possible, we will likely send out an announcement asking members to RSVP so we can increase capacity if needed. 

For those members who were accepted to present at the ATHE Convention in Detroit, I can offer no new information.  As of now, that convention is still planned to proceed as scheduled. Any change in that will come from the ATHE leadership. 

On behalf of the Board, I send all of you my greatest wishes to stay healthy—both physically and mentally—during this challenging time.  I am quickly recognizing that, for me, self-isolation is not easy. Be certain to take care of yourselves and your loved ones.  

Lastly, as always, please get in touch with me if you have any thoughts or suggestions for the organization. I can be reached at or No, really, I mean it - PLEASE be in touch with me - call, send a messenger pigeon - anything!!! :-) <3

Breathe and be in health, 

Michael J Barnes

President, 2018-2020






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.


Please be sure to sign-in and make sure your membership is up-to-date BEFORE you register to receive the member discount!

Ticket prices are listed below.


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: by 15 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).

Ticket Prices

Tickets will go on sale by 15 February 2020, with the launch 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.


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.