Statera's National Conference Amplifies Gender Parity Movement

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.

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Here are just a few of the highlights from StateraConIII:

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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)

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  Jessica Renae  from Intimacy Directors International

Jessica Renae from Intimacy Directors International

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)

  Christine Jugueta , “The Red Thread: Sacred theatre, Indigenous Wisdom, and the Goddess Movement as Tools for Shifting the Leadership Paradigm”

Christine Jugueta, “The Red Thread: Sacred theatre, Indigenous Wisdom, and the Goddess Movement as Tools for Shifting the Leadership Paradigm”

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  Shelly Gaza  ushers Martha Richards to the podium.

Shelly Gaza ushers Martha Richards to the podium.

 Statera Team with  Martha Richards .

Statera Team with Martha Richards.

 Lydiah Dola (SWAN Day Kenya)

Lydiah Dola (SWAN Day Kenya)

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)

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 “Male Allyship in the Gender Parity Movement”

“Male Allyship in the Gender Parity Movement”

  Sage Martin  (left) and  Maggie Rogers  (right) “Fat Discrimination in the American Theatre”

Sage Martin (left) and Maggie Rogers (right) “Fat Discrimination in the American Theatre”

  Lindsey Gardner-Penner  (left),  Jane Vogel  (middle), and  Yasmin Ruvalcaba  from Advance Gender Equity in the Arts, "2020 Call To Action: What's On Your Calendar?"

Lindsey Gardner-Penner (left), Jane Vogel (middle), and Yasmin Ruvalcaba from Advance Gender Equity in the Arts, "2020 Call To Action: What's On Your Calendar?"

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