Statera National Conference  |  OCT. 2019

Join us for the Statera National Conference in New York City from October 25-27, 2019. Meet with theatre professionals from all over the country for three days of networking, socializing, experience-sharing, theatre-going and more! The Statera 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. 




Why are we meeting in NEW York City?

NYC has a rich and globally recognized arts and culture scene and is home to some of our nation's most legendary theaters. The theme for StateraConIV is Coalition Building. After hosting three highly successful conferences in the regional theatre hubs of Cedar City, Denver, and Milwaukee, Statera has strategically chosen to meet in New York City as a way of engaging partner organizations and facilitating collective action. Plus, who doesn’t want to spend a fabulous weekend in the Big Apple with industry leaders, creatives, and theatre-professionals from all walks and disciplines?


LOCATION: City College of New York

StateraArts is proud to partner this year with City College of New York and the Department of Theatre and Speech (CCNY) for our fourth international conference. Since its founding in 1847, CCNY has been true to its legacy of access, opportunity, and transformation. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic, and boldly visionary as the city itself. Located in Hamilton Heights overlooking Harlem, City College is an integral part of the civic, urban and artistic energy of New York and inseparable from its history.

Who will be there?

Statera Conference is open to all theatre professionals, practitioners, students and enthusiasts regardless of gender or age: administrators, designers, dramaturgs, educators, technicians, actors, advocates, spouses, etc. Please visit for a full list of past conference speakers, facilitators, performers, contributors, and partners.

StateraCon is open to everyone. We invite and welcome all gender identities, all races and ethnicities, all religions and creeds, countries of origin, all immigrants and refugees, all abilities and disabilities, and all sexual orientations. Everyone is welcome here.



Registration includes access to all Statera Conference programming. This includes keynote addresses, plenaries, workshops, breakout sessions, panel discussions, admission to organized social gatherings, a conference swag bag, and communal meals when noted. Early Bird Registration ($250) opens on April 1st. General Registration ($300) begins on May 1st. Statera Members receive the early bird rate as long as registration is open.

Student Registration

We love when students join their professors at StateraCon! If you are a student attending Statera's National Conference in New York City with your professor, your attendance fee is cut in half. Your professor will need to confirm that you are their student.


Touchstone speakers will be announced in the coming months. We will announce presenters in June and July. Interested in presenting a session? StateraArts will be accepting submissions from April 1-30, 2019. Presenters will be notified May 15-30, 2019. For more information about proposals, visit


This year, Statera is excited to offer a limited number of travel and registration grants. That application process will be announced soon. To be notified about conference grants, please subscribe to the Statera Newsletter.



Coming soon…



The Statera National Conference is a family-friendly space. At Statera, we know that many theatre professional, particularly women, are always juggling their professional lives with the needs of their families (we can relate!) To help ensure that you won't need to choose between attending the conference and caring for your little ones, we will have a Family Room* available for any attendees needing to bring their infants or small children with them to conference. This room will be equipped with private space for nursing and pumping and plenty of room for little ones to get the "wiggles" out! Attendees may also bring their small children into the sessions with them as they see fit. Also, any attendee wishing to bring a babysitter to conference with them to attend to their kiddos while they attend sessions is welcome to do so without registering and paying for their babysitter. Simply note the names of your children and their babysitter when you complete your conference registration and we'll print name badges for your family group so that they have easy access to you during conference.

*The family room will not be staffed by StateraArts personnel and children may not be left unattended at any time.


All conference spaces are ADA accessible. Statera has arranged for ASL translations for those who need it. All bathrooms in conference areas will be gender neutral and available to everyone. Please contact the Statera Team at if you have accessibility needs (ie. large print materials, assistive technology, mobility needs, etc.)


Statera National Conference Team 

Conference Co-Chair  | Tracy Liz Miller

Conference Co-Chair  |   Jennifer Tuttle

Co-Coordinator|   Melinda Pfundstein

Co-Coordinator  |  Sarah Greenman






Fine Print

Your registration fee does not include transportation, theatre tickets, lodging or meals (unless otherwise noted on the itinerary). The conference schedule is subject to change and we will be adding the names of speakers and details about content in the weeks and months ahead. Questions or concerns? Please contact us at

*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, 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.