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.


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

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 opens: 22 September 2019

  • Call for Proposals closes: 10 November 2019

  • Registration opens: 1 January 2020

  • Members notified of successful proposals: by 20 January 2020



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.