Statera Mentorship | Ithaca Chapter

Statera Mentorship: Ithaca was created in the winter of 2019. It was founded by Erica Steinhagen and Kathleen Mulligan, who also serve as Regional Coordinators. 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

Ithaca Regional Coordinators


Erica Steinhagen (she/her/hers) is an AEA actor, voice teacher, and singer. She has taught voice and mentored both aspiring and working performers in Ithaca and NYC since 2004. As an actor, she has proudly found her artistic home in this thriving theatre community. Erica has had the pleasure of working in the Ithaca area at The Kitchen Theatre Company, The Hangar Theatre, The Cherry Arts (of which she is a founding company member and board Artist Liaison), The Cider Mill Playhouse, Civic Ensemble, The Homecoming Players, and the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble. She has collaborated on and originated roles in world premiere works no fewer than a dozen times. Erica performed in the intense solo play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, the first English production of the French play George Kaplan, and the title role in The Snow Queen for The Cherry Arts. Other acting credits include Stage Kiss (SHE), The Best of Kathy and Mo, Wider than the Sky, and Antigone. At the Hangar Theatre: Ever So Humble (Dana); The Sound of Music (Sister Margaretta); Cats (Jellylorum); Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts); and My Fair Lady. At the Kitchen Theatre: The Drunken City (Melissa); Precious Nonsense (Josephine), Bed No Breakfast (Chance), and Tony and the Soprano (Frances); Dario Fo’s We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! (Margherita); Nora (Christine Linde); The Servant of Two Masters (Smeraldina). In NYC: The Metropolis Opera Company’s world premiere electronica opera One Hot Kitchen (Helena). Regionally, The Drowsy Chaperone; several Gilbert and Sullivan and operatic ingenues; The Unfortunates, a one-woman play by Aoise Stratford. Erica premiered her one-woman cabaret Imagine My Surprise at the Hangar Theatre in 2012 and revamped it in 2017 for The Cherry. For more info:


Lucia Veccio (she/her/hers) is a performer and member of the Ithaca College class of 2020, currently pursuing her BFA degree in acting with a devised minor in Communication Through Movement. Originally from San Diego, CA Lucia has been working professionally in theatre and onscreen since 2009. New to Ithaca in 2016, her roles include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia) with Ithaca Shakespeare Company, The Snow Queen (Greta) at The Cherry Arts, Luna Gale (Lourdes) and The Servant of Two Masters (Ensemble, Smeraldina) with Ithaca College’s McCarroll Studio, Strange Snow (Martha) and The Vagina Monologues with IC Players, and The Wolves (11) with On the Verge Staged Readings. Regional credits include The Miracle Worker (Helen Keller), Quilters (Sarah’s Daughter), and The Music Man (Amaryllis) with Lamb’s Players Theatre, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Who) at The Old Globe. Television credits include Modern Family, Parenthood, and 1600 Penn. Lucia is a member of SAG-AFTRA.


Kathleen Mulligan (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech at Ithaca College. In 2010 she was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to Kerala, India with her project "Finding Women's Voices", focusing on the empowerment of women through voice. She spent the spring of 2015 in Pakistan as a Fulbright specialist collaborating on her project "Voices of Partition" with husband David Studwell and members of Islamabad's Theatre Wallay. The resulting piece Dagh Dagh Ujala (This Stained Dawn), based on interviews with survivors of the Partition of 1947, toured to Ithaca, Boston and Washington D.C. in October 2015. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the Fulbright organization. 

In 2015, Kathleen again collaborated with David and Theatre Wallay on an original piece exploring the effects of violence on public space. Playwright  and actor Linda Alper joined the team for this collaboration. The resulting piece, On Common Ground, performed at The Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival before returning to Pakistan for a four-city tour.

Kathleen is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Acting credits include The Acting Company (national tour), American Repertory Theatre, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park and PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, CA.