WHAT IS THE STATERA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?
The Statera Professional Mentorship Program is at the core of Statera's mission - positive action for women in the theatre. A flourishing mentor relationship helps both mentor and mentee organize their professional challenges, nurture their creative ideas and activate their personal gifts.
Statera Foundation works to connect women artists interested in moving beyond the very real obstacles that sometimes lie between our goals and our successes. The most effective way to grow, expand and manifest change is to work together. Statera Foundation is here for you.
Foundations of the Mentorship Program
Professionalism. This is a professional program. While natural bonds and friendships often develop organically through mentorship, this isn’t the primary goal for a successful Mentor/Mentee relationship. Treat each other with respect, show up on time, and be present for each other while communicating. Be sure to have a conversation about what your relationship boundaries are - this will vary between every Mentor and Mentee - i.e. your preferred method of contact, your schedule and prior commitments, etc.
Honesty. Let this be an opportunity to be direct about what is right for you in your career. Let it be a chance to share the challenges you are facing. This process is for both the Mentor and the Mentee. Neither of you will have all the answers, but there is much to learn from the experience of both parties. The only way to solve some of the challenges you face is to articulate them openly and honestly and be willing to hear what the other person has to say.
Support & Encouragement. While challenges exist, we can also choose to inspire each other by celebrating the ‘wins’ we have. Big or small, make sure to find a way to discuss and celebrate those as well. Ask each other what went well since the last meeting. Having someone to share and celebrate accomplishments is powerful.
HOW Does it work?
Statera Foundation has launched a regional Statera Mentorship Program for Women in the Arts in Chicago, IL. This effort is being lead by a team of Chicago based theatre artists, equity advocates, and business-minded women. If you are a Chicago-based theatre artist interested in engaging as a mentor or mentee in this unique program, please sign up below to be notified about our next mentorship phase. We are currently only pairing Chicago artists for Spring 2018. In May 2018, we launched our second regional Mentorship Program in North Carolina. Please fill out the form below if you are a Chicago or North Carolina based theatre maker. We will be opening it up to other regions very soon!
Interested in joining? Please fill out this form.
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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: https://uwm.edu/lgbtrc/support/gender-pronouns/