May Adrales Joins Statera's 4th National Conference

Statera Keynote Speaker, May Adrales

Statera Keynote Speaker, May Adrales

Exciting news today! StateraArts is thrilled to announce that nationally recognized director and arts leader May Adrales will be delivering one of the keynote address at Statera's 4th National Conference. The conference, which is to take place at City College of New York in NYC, is scheduled for October 26-27, 2019.

May Adrales, a director, teacher and artistic leader, will be delivering on of the keynote addresses at Statera’s 4th National Conference. May helmed the world premiere of Lortel Award and Obie Award-Winning production VIETGONE at Manhattan Theatre Club/ South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Rep. She has just been named the Associate Artistic Director of Milwaukee Rep. May served as Director of On Site Programming at the Lark Play Development Center (2008-2010), developing programs to support and nurture over 200 playwrights. She served as an Artistic Associate at The Public Theater (2006-2009), spearheading the Shakespeare Lab, a professional conservatory. May is the recipient of the  TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award; Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s inaugural Denham Fellowship and the Paul Green Emerging Directing award.  She is a recipient of a TCG New Generations grant.  She has been awarded directing fellowships at New York Theater Workshop; Women's Project; SoHo Rep; and The Drama League.  She has directed and taught at NYU, Juilliard, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Fordham University and Bard College. More information about May Adrales HERE.

Tony-winner Joanna Gleason was also announced last month as a keynote speaker for StateraConIV. Interested in attending? General registration is now open through September 30th. And Statera is still accepting breakout session proposals through May 31st. Submit your proposal HERE.

This is an incredible opportunity to meet with theatre professionals from all over the country for two days of networking, deep-dive learning, renewal, experience-sharing, and more! The Statera National Conference is all about intersectional gender balance and our goal is to take positive action to bring women* into full and equal participation in the American Theatre. 

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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.