Session Schedule for Statera Conference

Thursday, October 4 - Sunday, October 7


Please find the Statera National Conference schedule below. The master schedule will be continue to be updated with specific speakers, workshops, breakout sessions, performances, and touchstone speakers.

Please note that Statera Foundation is hosting our partners at WomenArts and SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now) for a pre-conference gathering from 10:00am - 3:00pm on Thursday, October 4th. All conference attendees are welcome to join us for this pre-conference offering. Conference officially begins at 6:00pm with pre-registration on Thursday, October 4th at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.


Thursday, October 4th, 2018 (Location details coming soon!)

9:00am - 12:00pm  |  Pre-conference WomenArts and SWAN Day gathering (open to all conference attendees), Broadway Theater Center: 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202

12:00pm - 1:30pm  |  Break for Lunch

1:30pm - 4:30pm  |  Pre-Conference WomenArts and SWAN Day gathering continued (open to all conference attendees), Broadway Theater Center

6:00pm - 7:00pm  |  Pre-registration and check-in at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

7:00pm - 9:00pm  |  THE RED THREAD written and performed by Christine Jugueta. (Ensemble to be announced). Mixer in the theatre lobby following performance.


Friday, October 5th, 2018 (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)

7:30am - 8:30am  |  Registration, Check-In, and Swag Bag Pick-Up

7:30am - 8:30am  |  Welcome Continental Breakfast 

8:30am - 9:20am  |  Welcome Address: Melinda Pfundstein (Statera Foundation Executive Director) and Suzan Fete (Renaissance Theaterworks Artistic Director and StateraConIII Chair)

9:20am - 9:30am  |  Comfort Break

9:30am - 10:45am  |  Breakout sessions

2) Transperspectives: Unifying Language and Form (Susan Cato-Chapman)

3) Designing for Theatre with an Intersectional Lens (Margaret Toomey)

4) Body Awareness and Emotional Intelligence: Integrated Well-Being for Artist-Changemakers (Yusef Seevers)

5) The Improv Brain (Anatasha Blakely)

11:45am - 11:00am  |  Comfort Break 

11:00am - 12:15am  |  Breakout sessions

1) SWAN Day Panel (Martha Richards and SWAN Day artists)

2) The Red Thread: Sacred Theatre, Indigenous Practice and the Goddess Movement as tools for shifting the leadership paradigm (Christine Jugueta, Perla Omehra Sigahne Daly, and Letecia Layson)

3) Moving beyond multi-culturalism: social justice activism within organizations (Lydia Fort, Amy Smith, Jason BrownSam White)

4) The future is female and funny as hell (Wendy Penrod)

5) Creating A Feminist Community in the Rehearsal Room (and What to Do When That Doesn’t Happen) (Jennifer Popple, Lisa Hagen)

12:15pm - 2:00pm  |  Lunch Break

12:30pm - 2:00pm  |  Statera Mentorship Program Luncheon - details to come!

2:00pm - 3:15pm  |  Breakout sessions

1) Writing Outside Desire (Andrea Moon)

2) Creating positive training systems that empower and protect staff in patron engagement roles (Denise Yvette Serna)

3) Cross Gender Shakespearean Performance (Lisa Wolpe)

4) Defying Conventions: Artists in Prison (and Beyond) (Frannie Shepherd-Bates, Nichole Frederick, Jessica Hoolsema)

5) Creating Spaces! The Power and Possibility of Devised Theatre (Kyla Kazuschyk, Camilla Morrison)

3:15pm - 3:30pm  |  Comfort Break 

3:30pm - 4:00pm  |  Happy Hour Mixer, wine and chocolate (non-alcoholic beverages will also be available)

4:00pm - 5:00pm  |  Touchstone Speakers (Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway, Executive Director, Artistic Directors of the Future and Cynthia Rider, Executive Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) 

5:00pm - 7:00pm  |  Dinner Break 

7:00pm - 9:00pm  |  Performance - details to come!

9:00pm - 9:45pm |  Reception, wine and conversation following the show


Saturday, October 6th, 2018 (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)

7:30am - 9:30am  |  Continental Breakfast available

8:00am - 9:15am  |  Breakout Sessions

1) From Woman to Mother to Crone: can theatre teach us to age well? (Gillian Eaton)

2) Collaborative Models for Co-Producing (Teresa Thuman)

3) Take Time to Breathe: Yoga & Mindfulness for Theatre Artists – A Discussion & Practice (Emily Rollie)

4) Male Allyship in the Gender Parity Movement (Jack Greenman)

5) Artistic Midwifery - Reimagining the Creative Process (Emily Ritger, Anne Walaszek)

9:15am - 9:30am  |  Comfort Break

9:30am - 11:00am  |  Intimacy Directors: Creativity & Consent - all conference presentation and panel. Jessica Renae (Intimacy Directors International)

11:00am - 11:15am  |  Comfort Break 

11:15am - 12:30pm  |  Breakout Sessions

1) Asking the Other Question: New Frontiers for Leadership and Organizational Culture (Devon Berkshire, Hannah Fenlon, Elena Chang)

2) Early Women Playwrights and How Their Work has Shaped Modern Theater (Amy Drake)

3) Fat Discrimination in the American Theatre (Maggie Rogers, Sage Martin)

4) What I Wish I Knew in Undergrad (Kaitlyn Curry, Samantha Allred, Madison Ford)

5) Soul Work: African American Performance Techniques and Asthetics (Details TBA)

12:30pm - 2:00pm  |  Lunch Break

2:00pm - 3:15pm  |   Breakout Sessions

1) This is How We Do It: DC's Women's Voices Theater Festival (Nan Barnett)

2) Motherhood and Leadership: Initiatives for Upward Mobility (Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Adriana Gaviria)

3) Gender-flipping Shakespeare: joys, challenges, and the bottom line (Wendy Franz, Hadley Kamminga-Peck )

4) The Ann Shaw Fellowship: Building Community through Theater for Young Audiences (Sarah Jane Hardy, Cortney McEniry)

5) Creating an Ensemble (Jemma Alix Levy)

3:15pm - 3:30pm  |  Comfort Break 

3:30pm - 5:00pm  |  Touchstone Speaker and reception (Nataki Garrett, nationally recognized director and former Associate Artistic Director of the Denver Center Theatre Company)

5:00pm - 7:00pm  | Dinner Break

7:00pm - 9:00pm  |  Performance: NEAT, by Charlayne Woodard. Directed by Suzan Fete and starring Marti Gobel.

9:00pm - 10:00pm  |  Reception, wine and conversation after the show 


Sunday, October 7th, 2018

7:30am - 9:30am  |  Continental Breakfast available

8:00am - 9:15am  |  Breakout Sessions

1) I Have Something to Say: Breaking into Academic Publishing (Sarah McCarroll)

2) What Women Want: Directing with a Female Perspective (Carrie Colton)

3) Check-In for Comprehensive Connection & Creativity (Kate Brennan, Kristen Cerelli)

4) Seeking Common Ground Through Theatre (Kathleen Mulligan and students from Ithaca College)

5) The Magic Stands Alone: The Importance of Solo Performance for Women in Theatre (Torie Wiggins)

9:15am - 9:30am  |  Comfort Break

9:00am - 10:15am  |  Breakout Sessions

1) Untold Stories / 365 Women a Year: a Playwriting Project (Shellen Lubin

2) The Unconventional Artist (Meridith Grundei)

3) Breaking The Binary: Creating & Upholding Spaces for Trans and Non-Binary Theater Makers On Stage & Beyond (Kevin Kantor)

4) 2020 Call To Action: What's On Your Calendar? (Jane VogelYasmin RuvalcabaBrenda Jean Foley,  Lindsey Gardener-Penner)

5) Work Harder Not Smarter: Broadway tells Female Playwrights (Valerie Williams)

10:15am - 10:30pm  |  Comfort Break 

10:30am - 11:45am  |  Breakout Sessions

1) It Starts With Us: Utilizing the Chicago Theatre Standards to Create an Intimate Touch Policy in Academic Settings (Kymberly MellenShelby-Allison Hibbs

2) Meet the Michael Chekhov Technique - Imagination & The Three Sister Sensations (Rebecca Rich Joy)

3) Queering the Musical Theatre Stage (Andrea Prestinario, K. Woodzick)

4) Fighting for Our Safety- Self Advocacy in Theatre (Kara Penrose)

5) Voice from A Broad (Raeleen McMillion)

11:45am - 12:00pm  |  Comfort Break

12:00pm - 12:30pm  |  Farewell Address by Statera Foundation Team 

Note: The Statera Conference schedule is subject to change. We will update this schedule as more information becomes available. 

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A Note on Inclusion at Statera Foundation

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. 

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. 

Please take a look at this guide for any questions you have about our use of pronouns: