Statera hosted their third national conference this month in Milwaukee, WI. Nearly 200 participants gathered on the UW-Milwaukee campus. The venue was buzzing all weekend with strategy-based dialogue about creating greater parity and equity in the American Theatre and beyond. The conference was chaired by Suzan Fete and an amazing team of volunteers from Renaissance Theaterworks.
The three-day gathering, offered individual artists, arts administrators, academics, and students the opportunity to discuss both the accomplishments and challenges for women working in theater and other arts fields. As with their other conferences, Statera scheduled a fantastic line-up of speakers, multiple networking opportunities, panels, and performances to uplift, amplify, and advance women and TGNC folks as they work towards full and equal participation in the arts.
Here are just a few of the highlights from StateraConIII:
The conference was co-hosted by Renaissance Theaterworks
We had 200 attendees from all over the country as well as international guests from Prague, Nairobi, London, and Toronto
Over 70 speakers and panelists (See the full list at www.staterafoundation.org/speakers2018)
Gwendolyn Rice, playwright and Madison-based journalist, just wrote this excellent piece about our conference for OnMilwaukee: The Quest for Gender Equality Takes the Spotlight with Statera
Please find our official StateraCon photo album here:
Usually a conference ends up being helpful for one of three things: 1) learning, 2) networking, 3) being heard. This is the first conference we’ve attended that was clearly curated with a values-commitment to all three. It created well-attended sessions, effective partnerships, dynamic dialogue, and interest for us in next year already. Thank you!! - Rachel Spencer Hewitt (She/Her/Hers) / PAAL
I will admit I didn’t take enough photos, but it was because I was busy absorbing as much as I could, getting catalyzed and inspired to action. Thank you so much Statera Foundation for a wonderful conference this weekend, for giving me the space to share TGNC perspectives. I am so excited for what’s next. - Kevin Kantor (They/Them/Their)
Still reeling from the inspiration bomb that was #StateraConIII in Milwaukee this weekend. Thank you Melinda Pfundstein Vaughn and Shelly Gaza for your vision in creating StateraArts, and for all of the new friends and future collaborators I made this weekend. I have lots to process, and lots of work to do. - Marybeth Gorman Craig (She/Her/Hers)
I just spent three days in the company of the most inspiring, strong, rebellious, and loving artists and change makers I have ever met. My heart is bursting. My notebook is filled to the brim. We are the sea change. - Christine Hellman (She/Her/Hers)
Today is not a working day, it's a day to wake up, smell the roses and give gratitude. I cannot thank Shelly Gaza enough for inviting me to speak at the Statera conference. Special thanks also to the incredible Statera team! You ladies ROCK!!! I also have to thank my sisters Hana Sharif and Nataki Garrett Myers. Yes, you may not know this, but I've adopted you both into the family. I'm still buzzing from your speeches. Thank you for your generosity, honesty and wisdom. It was an absolute honour to share the Touchstone platform with both of you. To everyone that I connected with at the Statera conference, I will be bold enough to say that I am confident that this is just the beginning to a beautiful and radical partnership! - Simeilia Hodge Dallaway (She/Her/Hers)
The overall feeling I got from the conference was excited hopefulness...the belief that together we can accomplish anything. Not only did I gain professional knowledge that I was able to bring back to Renaissance Theaterworks in order to improve our company, I made several important connections with like-minded women committed to improving gender parity in theater. - Suzan Fete (She/Her/Hers)