Statera Mentorship | DFW Chapter

Statera Mentorship: Dallas/Fort Worth was created in the winter of 2019. It was founded by Joanie Schultz and Vanessa DeSilvio. The chapter is currently in its first cycle of pairings. Applications to become a mentee or mentor in the next class will open on January 1, 2020. To receive information about the next round of classes, please sign up for the Statera Newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact our National Co-Directors at mentorship@stateraarts.org.


Dallas/FORT WORTH Regional Coordinators

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Vanessa DeSilvio (she/her/hers) is a Dallas-based stage, commercial, and television actor and voice over artist. She speaks fluent Spanish as she was raised in a Venezuelan household and strongly identifies with being Latinx. She holds an MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, and has taught introduction to acting and speech and diction classes at SMU, University of North Texas, and KD Conservatory. Vanessa is a member of Actors Equity Association and her theater credits include: Sense and Sensibility, A Christmas Carol, Death of a Salesman (Dallas Theater Center); Mariachi Girl (Dallas Children's Theater); The Moors, Susan and God (Theatre Three); Smart Pretty Funny (Amphibian Productions); Tomorrow Come Today (Undermain Theatre); Se Llama Cristina (Kitchen Dog Theater); Milagritos (Cara Mia Theatre Company); The Winter's Tale, Coriolanus, Cyrano de Bergerac (Shakespeare Dallas:). Television credits: The Leftovers, Queen of the South, American Crime, From Dusk Till Dawn TV Series. Voice over credits include numerous audiobooks on audible.com as well as animation and commercial radio spots in English and Spanish. She is represented by The Mary Collins Agency. Vanessa's other passion is being a wife to Doug and a mother to her two sons, Anthony and Domenic.

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Christie Vela (she/her/hers)

Bio forthcoming…

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Alle Mims (she/her/hers) is a San Diego native who came to Dallas after high school. She studied acting at Collin College and Texas Woman's University, where she graduated Cum Laude 2016 with a BA in Drama. Since graduating, she has worked in and around Dallas, acting with companies such as Theatre Three, Shakespeare Dallas, and L.I.P. Service, as well as doing commercials for GM Financial, Slack, and Dell. She is currently a company member of Lily & Joan and is represented by Kim Dawson Agency. Alle's political activism started at a young age and has since merged with her theatrical artistry. She is a founding member of the Not In Our House DFW Chapter, which is currently adapting the Chicago Theatre Standards for her city. The Standards are meant to make the theatre a safe place to make dangerous art and work specifically to protect non-union theatre artists working in professional and community spaces. She is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion both on and off-stage, in media, and in life. She hopes her career can serve as an example for any queer kids of color who are questioning their place in the arts and academia. Alle plans to return to school and pursue a graduate degree. 

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Emily Scott Banks (she/her/hers) is a member of Actors Equity who has been in or led over 90 professional shows since returning to the Dallas/Fort Worth stages nearly 20 years ago. Most recently she directed Foxfire at Theatre Three, and this spring will bring Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke home to its birthplace at the historic Margo Jones Theater at Fair Park. This past year, Emily reprised the one-actor Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at Stage West to a sold out run; appeared as “Agatha” in The Moors at Theatre Three,  “Angel” in Angels In America - Perestroika at Uptown Players, directed Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth, and played “Madame Ranevsky” in The Cherry Orchard for The Classics Theatre Project. Her many area directorial credits include the critically acclaimed The Big Meal/ The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord/ and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for WaterTower Theatre; the award-winning Stupid F*cking Bird/ Life Sucks./ An Iliad/ and The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence for Stage West. Emily has won awards for her work in both disciplines, including multiple DFW Critics' Forum Awards, and Best Actress of the Year nods from Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and TheaterJones.

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Olivia de Guzman (she, her, hers) is a actor, musician, arts educator, first generation Filipina American. In the past 6 years she’s worked on many different stages in DFW, including Circle Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Amphibian Stage Productions, The Ochre House, Theatre Three, Casa Mañana, Dallas Children’s Theater, Stage West, Teatro Dallas, among others. She’s also performed/co-produced in New York at The New York Musical Theatre Festival, NYCFringe, New Dramatists, and others. She has served as an instrumentalist both onstage and pit, as music director, and as composer/lyricist on multiple theatre projects. Olivia has over 15 years experience teaching private voice lessons and vocal coaching. She currently teaches acting, voice, and musical theatre at KD Conservatory and at Dallas Theatre Center. When not working in the arts, Olivia co-owns a local escape room company, where she drew from her theatre skill set to design multiple escape room experiences, and still serves as corporate team building coordinator. Olivia spent her early theatre career witnessing the slow but unyielding growth of diversity in the arts, and she plans to meet her future opportunities with open arms and strengthened skills - including pursuing her MFA in Acting at SMU this fall.

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Natalie Young (she/her/hers) is a Texas native who began performing at the age of eight. She grew up in Plano juggling band practice, musical rehearsals, and a shameful obsession with pop icon, Britney Spears. Natalie went on to attend Midwestern State University where she studied acting and directing. She graduated in 2007 with honors and a vast knowledge of country music. Natalie’s professional career includes theatre, film and live music. Natalie has traveled the world singing with Dallas’ choral symphonic rock band, The Polyphonic Spree. Memorable experiences with the band include performing alongside the Monkees in Brighton as well as to a sold out Radio City Music Hall at the David Bowie tribute in 2016. Back in Dallas, Natalie can be seen onstage at Shakespeare Dallas, Second Thought Theatre, Theatre Three, The Ochre House and others. In 2012, she was named “The Showstopper” in the Dallas Observer People Issue. She has also appeared in a number of films including Spider Veins (dir. Frank Mosley) and This World Won’t Break (dir. Josh Jordan). Natalie co-directs Choreo Records Tap Company, alongside Keira Anne Leverton, where she trains young artists in voice and movement for stage, as well as produces and directs for the company.