Speakers for Statera ConFerence 2016

Speakers and panelists for #StateraCon16 are listed below. Click on the speaker photos to read their bio and learn about their breakout session. All presentations and workshops will be held in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education: 1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204.

 

Touchstone Speaker  |  Mary McColl

Statera Foundation is proud to announce that Mary McColl will deliver our 2016 touchstone address.  McColl is the executive director of Actors’ Equity Association, the national union that represents more than 50,000 professional stage actors and stage managers nationwide.

 

 Mary McColl

Mary McColl

FEATURED SPEAKER  |  CHRIS CRASS

This is a not-to-miss workshop about creating feminist, multi-racial movements for justice in the arts and beyond. Throughout history everyday people have come together to take on the most pressing challenges of their time and through collective organizing and struggle they have envisioned a better world, made large scale change, won important victories, and passed on lessons to the next generation. Chris Crass has dedicated his life and work to building powerful working class-based, feminist, multicultural movements for collective liberation. Statera Foundation is thrilled to host Chris as our featured speaker at StateraCon16! Learn more about Chris and his work at www.chriscrass.org

 Chris Crass

Chris Crass

 

speakers, Panelists & facilitators

 Dawn Monique Williams

Dawn Monique Williams

 Kent Thompson

Kent Thompson

 Carey Perloff

Carey Perloff

 Jeni Mahoney

Jeni Mahoney

 Angela Astle

Angela Astle

 Lisa Young

Lisa Young

 Jack Greenman

Jack Greenman

 Gillian McNally

Gillian McNally

 Christy Montour-Larson

Christy Montour-Larson

 Lisa Wolpe

Lisa Wolpe

 Jennifer Tuttle

Jennifer Tuttle

 Kathleen Mulligan

Kathleen Mulligan

 Shannon Ferrante

Shannon Ferrante

 Emily Rollie

Emily Rollie

 Courtney Cauthon

Courtney Cauthon

 Dominique Flores

Dominique Flores

 Lisa Teirney-Keogh

Lisa Teirney-Keogh

 Jane Vogel

Jane Vogel

 Sam White

Sam White

 Tira Palmquist

Tira Palmquist

 Geoffrey Kent

Geoffrey Kent

 Jenna Oliver

Jenna Oliver

 Martha Richards 

Martha Richards 

 Anne Marie Nest

Anne Marie Nest

 Minita Gandhi

Minita Gandhi

 Karla Mason Smith

Karla Mason Smith

 Frank Honts

Frank Honts

 Allison Watrous

Allison Watrous

 Jessica Austgen

Jessica Austgen

 Ina Marlowe

Ina Marlowe

 Sasha Fisher

Sasha Fisher

 Jenny Hatch

Jenny Hatch

 Anita Menon

Anita Menon

 Lucy Roucis

Lucy Roucis

 Becky Merold

Becky Merold

 Sarah Jane Hardy

Sarah Jane Hardy

 Meridith Grundei

Meridith Grundei

 Erika Haaland

Erika Haaland

 Jennifer Popple

Jennifer Popple

 Nancy Slitz

Nancy Slitz

 Heather Helinsky

Heather Helinsky

 Susan Cato-Chapman

Susan Cato-Chapman

 Lynnae Lehfeldt

Lynnae Lehfeldt

 Emily Qualey

Emily Qualey

 Brenda Foley

Brenda Foley

 Tracy Liz Miller

Tracy Liz Miller

 Caylie Kalmbach

Caylie Kalmbach

 

WORKSHOPS & BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

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

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

Women Leaders in Theatre with Carey Perloff & Sumru Erkut

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

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

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

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 SmithMartha Richards, Brenda Jean Foley, and Tracy Liz Miller

Discovering Ancestral Voices with Kathleen Mulligan  

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

Mentoring Students in a Male Dominated Environment with Jennifer Popple  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Liberating the Voice when Facing Adversity with Anne-Marie Nest  

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

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

 

Panel Discussions

"Gender Parity and the Classical Canon", a panel discussion about casting concerns for Shakespeare festivals and theatres that specialize in producing the classics. The panel consists of  Geoffrey Kent (Director, Actor and Fight Choreographer), Sam White (Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Detroit), Dawn Monique Williams (Artistic Associate at Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Lisa Wolpe (Artistic Director of Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company), and Frank Honts (Dramaturg at the Utah Shakespeare Festival). This discussion will be moderated by Jack Greenman, (Head of Acting and Associate Professor of Voice & Speech at Southern Methodist University and Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework).

 

WORKING BREAKFAST FACILITATORS

Technical Theatre Artists with Becky Merold

Male Allies with Sarah & Jack Greenman

Theatre artists with young children seeking work/life balance ideas with Jenny Hatch

Navigating "opportunities" for young women in Hollywood with Caylie Kalmbach

Directing with Ina Marlowe

Teaching Artists with Allison Watrous and Jessica Austgen

 

WRITING WITH WINE

A 2-hour writing workshop with Dominique Flores from Athena Project. Participants must register for this class separately. All proceeds benefit Denver's own Athena Project.