Session Schedule for Statera Conference

Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16

Statera Foundation has curated a 3-day experience that features a phenomenal line-up of speakers. The Statera Conference for gender parity in the theatre is packed with dynamic breakout sessions, panel discussions, presentations, performances and social opportunities. Take a look below for all the details! All events will take place in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education: 1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204.


Thursday, October 13th, 2016

7:00pm - 8:15pm  |  Conservatory Theatre: Performance of "Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender" by Lisa Wolpe 

8:30pm - 9:30pm  |  Early Arrivals Mixer - check in and registration available, Conservatory Theatre lobby


Friday, October 14th, 2016

7:30am - 8:30am  |  Registration & Check In 

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

8:30am - 9:30am  |  Welcome Address (Melinda Vaughn, Shelly Gaza, Kent Thompson)

9:30am - 10:15am  |  Full Conference Presentation: "Women Leaders in Theatre", ACT's Women's Leadership Project Report with Sumru Erkut and Carey Perloff 

10:15am - 10:30am  |  Comfort Break

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

1) "Developing Development: Examining the Principles and Practices of New Play Development and New Play Festivals" with Tira PalmquistChristy Montour-LarsonJeni Mahoney & Heather Helinsky  

2) "There Aren't Enough Hours in the Day! How do I balance work and life and be personally fulfilled?" with Nancy Slitz  

3) "Trish Arnold Movement Work: Releasing Tension to Connect Mind, Body, and Breath" with Lynnae Lehfeldt

11:45am - 1:15pm  |  Lunch Break (a limited number of boxed lunches will be available for $12, or these are several restaurants within walking distance of the DCPA)

1:15pm - 2:30pm  |  Full Conference Presentation: "Toward Collective Liberation" with Chris Crass 

2:30pm - 2:45pm  |  Comfort Break

2:45pm - 4:00pm  |  Breakout Sessions 

1) "Am I a woman? Gender, Ethnicity, 'Type' and Color Flexible Casting" with Lisa Young & Jenna Oliver  

2) "Finding Your Work-Life Balance in a Work-Obsessed World" with Gillian McNally

3) "Mentoring Students in a Male Dominated Environment" with Jennifer Popple  and students from Augustana College

4:00pm - 4:15pm  |  Comfort Break

4:15pm - 5:30pm  |  Breakout Sessions

1) "An Inside Job: Understanding Our Inner Patriarch and How it Holds Us Back" with Sasha Fisher  

2) "Developing New Audiences Through Cross Cultural Relationships" with Anita Menon & Sarah Jane Hardy 

3) "Discovering Ancestral Voices" with Kathleen Mulligan and students from Ithaca College

5:30pm - 7:00pm  |  Dinner Break

7:00pm - 9:00pm  |  "Writing With Wine" workshop with Dominique Flores from Athena Project. Participants must register for this class separately. All proceeds benefit Denver's own Athena Project. 


Saturday, October 15th, 2016

8:30am - 10:00am  |  Working Continental Breakfast 

10:00am - 11:15am  |  Full Conference Session: "Gender Parity and the Classical Canon" with Geoffrey KentSam WhiteDawn Monique WilliamsLisa Wolpe, and Frank Honts Moderator: Jack Greenman

11:15am - 11:30am  |  Comfort Break

11:30am - 12:45pm  |  Breakout Sessions

1) "Liberating the Voice when Facing Adversity" with Anne-Marie Nest

2) "The Power of Presence: Lessons in How Not to Go F*cking Crazy" with Meridith C. Grundei 

12:45pm - 2:15pm  |  Lunch Break (a limited number of boxed lunches will be available for $12, or these are several restaurants within walking distance of the DCPA)

12:45pm - 2:15pm  |  Mentorship Luncheon (Conference "add-on," registration required)

2:15pm - 3:30pm  |  Breakout Sessions

1) "Sound Chek: Chekhov Technique & Voice" with Susan Cato-Chapman & Jennifer Tuttle 

2) "Processing: What does it mean to be a young feminist in Los Angeles?" with Emily Qualey  

3) "A New Frontier: Inclusion of Women with Disabilities in Theatre Arts" with Lucy Roucis 

3:30pm - 3:45pm  |  Comfort Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm  |  Breakout Sessions

1) "Wonder Women of the Stage: Researching Gender, Power & Identity in the Work of Women Theatre Directors" with Emily A. Rollie  

2) "Empower Your Creative Self" with Erika Haaland & Shannon Ferrante from Creative Wellness  

5:00pm - 6:00pm  |  Touchstone Presentation with Mary McColl and wine reception

6:00pm - 7:30pm  |  Dinner Break

7:30pm - 8:45pm  |  Performance: "MUTHALAND" by Minita Ghandi

9:00pm - 10:00pm  |  Social Mixer 


Sunday, October 16th, 2016

8:00am - 9:00am  |  Continental Breakfast

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

1) "Sister Organizations and the Movement for Change: a panel discussion with Age and Gender Equity in the Arts, WomenArts, and The Bridge Initiative" with Jane VogelKarla Mason Smith, Martha Richards, Brenda Jean Foley, and Tracy Liz Miller

2) "Assertive Communication and Business Strategies for Women in the Arts" with Minita Gandhi

10:15am - 10:30pm  |  Comfort Break

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

1) #WakingTheFeminists: How a movement was mobilized for equality, and what has been achieved since its inception, with Lisa Tierney-Keogh 

2) "Status of Women in Theatre in the Rocky Mountain Region" with Angela Astle & Courtney Cauthon from Athena Project

3) "Beyond Gender: A Career Progression" with Becky Merold

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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