Statera Mentorship | San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Statera Mentorship: Bay Area was created in the fall of 2018. It was founded by Sheila Devitt, who also serves as one of the Regional Coordinators. The Bay Area chapter is currently preparing for its inaugural class in the winter of 2020. Applications to become a mentee or mentor in the next class will open on January 1, 2020. To receive information about the next round of classes, please sign up for the Statera Newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact our National Co-Directors at

San Francisco Bay Area Regional Coordinators


Michelle Talgarow (she/her) is a Bay Area theatre maker for the past 20 years, specializing in the collaborative process in devising new work.  She is a company member of the SF theatre ensemble, Mugwumpin. She is also a proud member of the artistic company at Shotgun Players in Berkeley. With Shotgun, she is one of the Champagne Staged Reading Series coordinators for the past 3 seasons. Michelle has been directing the winter play at San Francisco University High School for 2 years and will be again this winter. She also has theatre strong roots at the EXIT Theatre in SF where, as well as a visual artist, 2 of her murals can be seen. Michelle is recent member of the Actor's Equity Association. Her recent performance credits include Dance Nation (Sept 2019), The Fit (SF Playhouse), Vietgone (Capital Stage, Sacramento), A Good Neighbor (Z Space), Two Mile Hollow (Ferocious Lotus - TBA Award Nominee). Michelle has been fortunate to also have worked with many other local companies; The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Central Works, Impact Theatre, Ferocious Lotus, Cutting Ball Theatre, Magic Theatre, and Bindlestiff Studios


Sheila Devitt is San Francisco-based actor and all around theatre maker. She currently serves as the lead house manager for the San Francisco Playhouse and co-instigator for the Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival 2020. Sheila is an active member of the group Yeah, I Said Feminist theatre salon, the Works by Women SF meet-up group, and Theatre Bay Area. Favorite roles include Titania/Hippolyta in Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Gertrude in Hamlet, The Nurse in Romeo & Juliet (Coppola’s Bacchus Players); Hermione in A Winter’s Tale (American Shakespeare Players); Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Elvira in Blythe Spirit (ABQ Little Theatre); Estelle Rigault in No Exit, Julia in Zastrozzi, Macon Hill in Abundance (Vortex Theatre); and Brother of Woman with Tragic Hair in the world premier of Chiori Miyagawa’s This Lingering Life (Theatre of Yugen). Favorite directing experiences include a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson’s Natural Shocks, and a full production of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. Sheila is an accomplished teaching artist and puppeteer. She is passionate about classical and new plays, supporting women artists, and building community. Training: BFA University of New Mexico, Certificate Moscow Art Theatre School, and an apprenticeship at Theatre of Yugen. When she isn’t making theatre, Sheila makes herbal medicine through her clinical practice Sun & Moon Dispensary: helping creative professionals sleep better, digest better, and feel better utilizing Western, Ayurvedic, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.