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Mentorship is at the core of Statera's mission of taking positive action to bring women* into full and equal participation in the arts. A flourishing mentor relationship helps both mentor and mentee organize their professional challenges, nurture their creative ideas and activate their personal gifts. 

Statera works to connect women artists interested in moving beyond the very real obstacles that sometimes lie between our goals and our opportunities. The most effective way to grow, expand and manifest change is to work together. Statera is here for you. 

(photo by Antje Kastner)

(photo by Antje Kastner)


Foundations of the Mentorship Program

Professionalism. This is a professional program. While natural bonds and friendships often develop organically through mentorship, this isn’t the primary goal for a successful Mentor/Mentee relationship. Treat each other with respect, show up on time, and be present for each other while communicating. Be sure to have a conversation about what your relationship boundaries are - this will vary between every Mentor and Mentee - i.e. your preferred method of contact, your schedule and prior commitments, etc.

Honesty. Let this be an opportunity to be direct about what is right for you in your career. Let it be a chance to share the challenges you are facing. This process is for both the Mentor and the Mentee. Neither of you will have all the answers, but there is much to learn from the experience of both parties. The only way to solve some of the challenges you face is to articulate them openly and honestly and be willing to hear what the other person has to say.

Support & Encouragement. While challenges exist, we can also choose to inspire each other by celebrating the ‘wins’ we have. Big or small, make sure to find a way to discuss and celebrate those as well. Ask each other what went well since the last meeting. Having someone to share and celebrate accomplishments is powerful.

(photo by Antje Kastner)

(photo by Antje Kastner)

(photo by Antje Kastner)

(photo by Antje Kastner)


HOW Does it work?

Statera launched the National Mentorship program in October of 2018. Statera is opening new Chapter Cities every month. Chapters are lead by Regional Coordinators. We currently have chapters in Chicago, North Carolina, San Francisco, Houston, Louisville, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Milwaukee, and California’s Central Coast. To become a Mentor or Mentee, Please select a region below to fill out an application. Once you’ve submitted your application and completed an intake form, you’ll be contacted by one of our team members.


Become a Mentor or Mentee

To participate in Statera Mentorship, please choose from one of the regions below.


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"The Statera Mentorship program is fantastic - both because my mentor Dana has been such a steady and inspirational person and because it was amazing to feel a sense community with so many artists who come from different backgrounds. We are all out there hustling, and knowing I'm not alone makes the every-day struggles so much easier to handle." Alison Plott, Actor: CHICAGO

"Having worked as a professional actress in Chicago for the past 30 years, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to give back and help women in the business, as there was nothing like this when I was starting out. Not only has it been an intensely rewarding experience to help my mentee in all areas of Chicago theatre I discovered the wealth of knowledge I have attained over the years and the immense value of it." Lia Mortensen, Actor: CHICAGO

Please consider supporting Statera Mentorship with a donation or by gifting someone with a mentorship opportunity.


*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 nonbinary.

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.