OUR MISSION

UPLIFT. AMPLIFY. ADVANCE.  Statera Foundation takes positive action to bring women into full and equal participation in the theatre. Statera, deriving its name from the Latin word for balance, works to expand employment options, improve salary, and remove barriers to growth and achievement through mentorship, research, engagement, education, networking, and support.

 

OUR METHODS

  • Research assessment concerning opportunities for theatre artists who identify as women.
  • Collaborate with theatre arts organizations interested in creating greater opportunities for women.
  • Engagement for theatre arts organizations interested in creating greater equity in their hiring practices.
  • Connect hiring theaters with qualified candidates who identify as women. 
  • Advocate for better and more cohesive childcare options and family housing.
  • Regional mentorship opportunities.
  • Support and partner with existing organizations that are also working for gender balance and pay equity in the Arts.
  • Education and engagement for training programs interested in creating greater gender equity within their boards, classrooms, and theaters.

 

OUR NATIONAL CONFERENCES

Statera National Conference for gender equity in the theatre is an annual event. Conference is a unique opportunity to meet with theatre professionals from all over the country for three days of networking, learning, listening, socializing, experience-sharing, theatre-going, and more. The Statera conference is all about nourishing an environment of gender balance through the lens of intersectionality. Our goal is to take positive and strategic action to bring women into full and equal participation in the theatre. Please join us for the 2018 Statera National Conference, October 4-7 in Milwaukee, WI. For more information, please visit www.staterafoundation.org/conference.

 

Our Team

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Melinda Pfundstein

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Shelly Gaza

Advisory BOard

Marti Gobel

Advisory Board

SAM White

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Sarah Greenman

REGIONAL MENTORSHIP COoRDINATOR

Minita Gandhi

REGIONAL MENTORSHIP COoRDINATOR

Erika Haaland

Advisory Board

Martha Richards

Statera Ambassador

Sabrina Cofield

Membership Director

Vanessa Ballam

Social MEDIA DIRECTOR

Erika Fontana

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Statera Ambassador

Tiffany D. Hobbs

Statera Ambassador

Jackie Vanderbeck

Statera Ambassador

Yusef Seevers

Statera Ambassador

anatasha Blakely

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Statera Ambassador

Megan Cournoyer

2018 Conference Coordinator

Tracy Liz Miller

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2018 Conference Chair

Suzan Fete

 
 

SISTER ORGANIZATIONS & THEATRE ALLIES

Below you'll find links to sister organizations that promote intersectional gender balance in the arts. Statera also partners with allied theatre companies from around the country that embody the values of gender balance by providing equal employment options, equal pay, and growth opportunities for theatre artists who identify as women. 


A Note on Inclusion at Statera Foundation

Women
We use an inclusive definition of women. "Women" includes anyone on the gender spectrum who identifies (either always or some of the time) as a woman. This also includes non-binary people. 

Intersectionality
Statera Foundation works through an intersectional lens for gender parity. We understand and acknowledge that systems of oppression and discrimination are interdependent and span all social categorizations such as race, class, gender, ability, and sexual orientation as they apply to a given individual or group. Addressing one spoke of systematic discrimination or disadvantage means holistically addressing them all. 

Pronouns
Please take a look at this guide for any questions you have about our use of pronouns: https://uwm.edu/lgbtrc/support/gender-pronouns/