Statera National Conference  |  OCT. 2018

Join us for the Statera National Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from October 4-7, 2018. Meet with theatre professionals from all over the country for three days of networking, socializing, experience-sharing, theatre-going and more! The Statera conference is all about intersectional gender balance and our goal is to take action to bring artists who identify as women into full and equal participation in the American theatre. 



Why are we meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

We have strategically chosen to meet in the Great Lakes Region as a way of engaging both coasts as well as the wide swath of regional theaters scattered across the states. Milwaukee has a rich arts and culture scene and is also home to theaters like Milwaukee Repertory Company, Acacia Theatre Company, Boulevard Theatre, First Stage, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, and many more. We are thrilled to announce that Renaissance Theaterworks is partnering with Statera Foundation to host the 2018 Statera National Conference for gender parity in the theatre.


About Renaissance TheaterWorks

Renaissance Theaterworks was founded in 1993. The founding members recognized a gender imbalance within professional theater, and sought to correct it by producing excellent theatrical work while actively promoting the careers of other women in professional theater. In 2001, Renaissance hired Julie Swenson as Producing Director. Together, their founders, staff, and vibrant Board of Directors have grown Renaissance and achieve the artistic and fiscal success the company celebrates today. Statera Foundation is proud to hold our third National Conference for Gender Balance at Renaissance Theaterworks in celebration of their 25th Anniversary Season. Learn more about their their work for gender parity HERE



StateraConIII will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and take place on campus. 

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Who will be there?

Statera Conference is open to all theatre professionals, practitioners, students and enthusiasts regardless of gender or age: administrators, designers, dramaturgs, educators, technicians, actors, advocates, spouses, etc. Conference keynote speakers, workshop leaders, and breakout session facilitators will be announced as that information becomes available. 



Registration includes access to all Statera National Conference programming. This includes keynote addresses, plenaries, workshops, breakout sessions, panel discussions, performances when noted, admission to organized social gatherings, a conference swag bag, and communal meals. 

Student Registration

We love when students join their professors at StateraCon! If you are a student attending Statera's National Conference in Milwaukee with your professor, your attendance fee is only $100. Your professor will need to confirm that you are their student.


Please visit for information about the conference schedule. The master schedule will be updated with specific speakers, performances, and keynote addresses on June 1st. 



Double Tree by Hilton Milwaukee Downtown, located at 611 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee 53203. Contact: 414-273-2950

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, located at 333 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee 53203. Contact: 414-276-1234.

InterContinental Milwaukee, located at 139 East Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee 53202. Contact: 414-276-8686

Milwaukee Marriott Downtown, located at 323 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 USA. Contact: 414-278-5999

The Pfister Hotel, located at 424 Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee 53202. Contact: 414-273-8222



We are currently working out logistics for childcare at this year's conference. We will update this site as soon as we have more information. 



All conference spaces are ADA accessible. Please contact the Statera Team at if you have accessibility needs (ie. ASL translation, assistive technology, etc.)


Statera National Conference Team 

Conference Chair  |  Suzan Fete

Assistant Chair  |   Lisa Rasmussen

Co-Coordinator|   Melinda Vaughn

Co-Coordinator  |  Shelly Gaza

Co-Coordinator  |  Sarah Greenman