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Erin Washington
Committee Chair

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee serves to bring awareness to our voice community to help, support and encourage practices that reflect equity, diversity and inclusion.

VASTA serves a diverse constituency of theater professionals, academics, and voice professionals. As national demographics reflect the rich cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity of our planet, VASTA recognizes that it begins its 21st year as an organization predominantly comprised of Caucasian members with educational and artistic methods derived primarily from Eurocentric, specifically Anglo-American, forms, traditions, and texts.

Committee Members:

Cynthia Santos-DeCure
Joy Lanceta Coronel
Micha Espinosa
Amy Mihyang Ginther
Elisa Gonzalez
Sammi Grant
Michelle Lopez-Rios
Olisa Enrico-Johnson
Donzell Lewis
Kristen Loree
Robin Miles
Marie Ramirez-Downing
Judy Shahn
Scott Stackhouse
Elizabeth Terrel
Hetal Varia
Alison Vasquez

Board Liaison: 
Cynthia Santos-DeCure

HAPPY DECEMBER! Our 4th EDIA+ PANEL is just around the corner!



On 11th day of December, we present to you -  The PRIDE Panel: Considerations for Queer-Inclusive Practices in Voice and Speech Training with Sushma Saha, Larry Powell and JP Karliak with moderation by ours truly Adi Cabral. 


1pm PST - 4pm EST - 10pm BST - 8am AEDT


We have had incredible enriching conversations with the goal of repairing equity, diversity, inclusion, access, and belonging in curriculum by decentering and decolonizing our practices (with a thousand thank you's for its inception to Cynthia DeCure foresight). Our previous panels have covered such topics as anti-oppressive practices, global perspectives on anti-racism, and accessibility in the voice and speech classroom. 


We have been fortunate to work with speakers such as Nicole Brewer, Leslie Ishii, Kaja Dunn, Pamela Jikiemi, Georgina Naidu, Mitch Tawhi Thomas, Brian Balcom, Marilee Talkington, and Jenny Sealey. It is my hope that we may welcome you as a listener and audience member for our December 2021 panel.


Reserve your Zoom square today!




If you have questions, ideas, or thoughts for the committee, please contact Erin Washington, committee chair.