Representation and Mentorship in the Arts: You Are Not Alone

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As part of Statera's midyear giving campaign, we're publishing a series of deep-dive conversations centered around community, purpose, advocacy, and action. We are asking members of our community to share their “why” with us. In this video, actor and educator Torie Wiggins shares her thoughts about isolation, mentorship, the need for connection, academia, professional theatre, and her feelings on the word "diversity".

Torie has been a member of the Statera Community since October 2018 when she presented a breakout session at Statera’s National Conference in Milwaukee called "The Magic Stands Alone: The Importance of Solo Performance for Women in Theatre". In addition to her work as an actor and professor, Torie is also a mentor to many early career artists and an advocate for women in the arts. You can read her full bio HERE.

The conversation continues in the coming weeks. Next up?

  • "Questioning Authority: the Glorification of Politeness as a Means of Controlling Women" a conversation with Jackie Vanderbeck

  • "Digging Deeper: Artistic Directors Hiring Women Behind the Scenes" a conversation with Valerie Rachelle

  • "Transforming Negative Messaging Through Collaboration" a conversation with Kelcey Anyá

Statera Members will also have access to two additional Statera Community Conversations:

  • "Fat Discrimination in the Arts: Societal Obsession with Smallness" a conversation with Maggie Rogers

  • "We're Ready for New Narratives: Black Women in Media" a conversation with Chris Sanders