Mentorship is at the core of Statera's mission of taking positive action to bring women* into full and equal participation in the arts. Statera Mentorship is now in Philadelphia and we’re thrilled to introduce you to the Philadelphia Regional Coordinator, Anne Goodman. Here are some quick stats before we dive in:
Philadelphia Chapter Founded: Spring 2019
Dates: Class I runs from July 1 - December 31, 2019
Application deadline: Class I mentor/mentee applications are due by June 1, 2019
Website: Statera Mentorship Philadelphia Chapter
Facebook: Statera Mentorship
STATERA: What do you see as the greatest need and/or the most common need for mentorship relationships?
Anne Goodman: I think the best feeling comes from fixing another woman's crown. There are so many women who feel like they don't have a voice, who don't know where they are going, who just need someone to tell them to keep going, who just need a buddy to cry to when she has been on her 5th audition this week and nothing is panning out. We need to lift each other up and mentorship is an amazing way to do just that.
STATERA: Tell us about your work in the theatre / or in the arts.
Anne: I have jumped around in admin theater a lot over the years because I can't decide which one suits me and my family. Stage management remains my all time favorite, but I haven't figured out a way to balance stage management and my family life, so I am currently (and loving) the Development Director at at the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival. I have a masters in Arts Admin from Southern Utah University and an undergrad from DeSales in Center Valley, PA. Both schools have a great relationship with the Shakespearean Festivals during the summer, and I've had the wonderful opportunity to work at both for a few seasons. I have worked Shakespeare Festivals, Off-Broadway, in regional theaters, summer stock, operas, community theaters, you name it- again this is where the jumping around in positions come into play. I guess I just like keeping busy and keeping my options open.
STATERA: Can you share about your journey to the Philadelphia arts scene?
Anne: I guess my first intro to arts in Philly was during school, many eons ago. DeSales University/Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is only an hour from Philly so many artists would come up from Philly to participate in the Festival and we would go into Philly to see shows. As I moved around in my life, I remained close with the alumni from DeSales and PSF and started to see Philly as my artistic home- going back to see shows, and catching up with colleagues and friends. When the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival was in its infancy, I jumped on the possibility of being part of their family. I have been with PWTF since their first festival, 5 years ago. It has been such an exciting opportunity to watch this little seedling of a project grow into a company that highlights women's voices, women's stories, women's careers, and provides opportunities for all women.
STATERA: What is your own most memorable mentorship experience?
Anne: I have had *a lot* of really incredible mentees! So, this is a story about one of my mentees. I was doing my thing- going about my business, like I do, stage managing this project, working on that. In her mind she wanted to be like me. In my mind- I had no idea who she was. She followed my career path - in a very professional and not creepy sort of way. Our paths crossed and we worked on the same project together and we began bouncing ideas off of each other, collaborating, sharing projects, networking together, and became amazing friends. Sometimes we wont see each other for months, but she's one of those people who will call me out of the blue with a quick question about fire-certification or casting or event management or just to tell me about the cool new project she's working on. Our lives have taken different trajectories and now I am living vicariously through her work!
STATERA: How did you become connected to Statera Mentorship?
Anne: I was doing some research for the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival about other companies who solely focus on women and came across StateraArts. The missions of PWTF and Statera are very closely related that just made sense to jump onboard with Statera.
STATERA: Talk to us about your leadership style and why you're called to work in this capacity for your community.
Anne: I have often been told that I am a "people's leader". I love talking to people, but am not afraid to tell them what the problem is, or how I need to use their skills. I am also not afraid to ask for help, but have learned how to do this strategically. I have a knack for reading the room, sensing the little things like room temperature or this person needs more water, or this person is distracted because her binder is a different color- little things. So as a leader, I try to foresee those little things so people can focus on the task at hand. I'll take care of the little things... and the not so little things. I'm always behind the scenes because I would much rather set the stage, literally and figuratively, for someone else to shine.
STATERA: What recent personal projects or upcoming projects are you excited about?
Anne: Currently, we are gearing up for our 5th anniversary season at the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival. This year's Festival is all about the stories of Philadelphia women. We have found some amazing plays about Philadelphia women who are struggling with their current state of affairs in Philadelphia. Some of these stories are about women years ago dealing with the patriarchy, other stories are about women today dealing with current Philadelphia life. I don't want to give too much away- stay tuned for the official season announcement!
I'm also working on a current non-arts related project which is very personal to me. Joan's Reach is a non-profit organization that provides information and support for families continuing a pregnancy with a life-limiting diagnosis. Joan's Reach raises awareness of perinatal hospice and palliative care so that parents who receive the devastating news that their baby will likely die before or shortly after birth will receive adequate support at the time of diagnosis and beyond.
Interested in learning more about Statera Mentorship? Visit www.stateraarts.org/mentorship. Apply by June 1st to be a mentee or mentor for the next class in Philadelphia at www.stateraarts.org/philadelphia-mentorship. And if you have questions, please visit Statera Mentorship: Frequently Asked Questions.
*A NOTE ON INCLUSION AT STATERA
Women: Statera recognizes the limiting nature of the binary use of woman. We serve and welcome anyone on the gender spectrum who identifies either always or some of the time as a woman. We also serve and welcome those who identify as non-binary.
Intersectionality: StateraArts works through an intersectional lens for gender parity. We understand and acknowledge that systems of oppression and discrimination are interdependent and span all social categorizations such as race, class, gender, ability, religion, parental status, size, age, and sexual orientation as they apply to a given individual or group. Addressing one spoke of systematic discrimination or disadvantage means holistically addressing them all.