Statera Members - New York
Jenny Bennett (she/her) is a fourth-generation theatre woman—a director, actor, and writer. Directing: The Three Musketeers (9 AUDELCO nominations, four awards), Henry V (3 AUDELCO awards) at the Classical Theatre of Harlem; Richard III, The Fall of King Henry (3 Henry VI), Much Ado about Nothing, King Lear, and The Winter's Tale, American Shakespeare Center; Much Ado About Nothing at Titan Theatre Company. Kaohsiung, Taiwan directing includes Macbeth, Dangerous Liaisons/ Weixian Guanxi, Romeo & Juliet, Into the Woods, and As You Like It! (a musical she co-wrote). Jenny is on the faculty of AMDA New York. MFA, U of Delaware; BA, UVA. A former SDC/ Kurt Weill Foundation Fellow, Jenny is a member of AEA, SDC, and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Twitter: @bennyjennett
Susan Bernfield (she/her) is the founder and artistic director of New Georges, a strategically small company with a national reputation for taking a first look at new and experimental plays, and as a responsive home for adventurous women and gender-nonconforming theater artists. Since 1992, New Georges has premiered 48 new works and provided an early artistic home or first New York production to Heidi Schreck, Sheila Callaghan, Anne Kauffman, Jenny Schwartz, Diana Son, Marielle Heller, Lisa D’Amour, Tracey Scott Wilson, Lee Sunday Evans, Rachel Chavkin, Kara Lee Corthron, Lucy Alibar and countless more. She's the recipient of Obie and Lilly awards, and serves as president of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (ART/New York). She's also a playwright whose work has been produced or developed by, among others, EST, New Harmony Project, Huntington Theatre Company, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, People’s Light and, of course, New Georges.
Sera Bourgeau (she/her) is a New York City based Costume Designer and is thrilled to be a member of StateraArts! Some of her past designs have been seen at The Duke at 42nd Street, The Secret Theatre - Long Island City, The Lounge Theatre - Los Angeles, Long Wharf Theatre, Northern Stage, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Mill Mountain Theatre, Cape May Stage, and Theater at Monmouth. Exhibited as an Emerging Designer at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. MFA: University of California - Irvine. BA: University of New Hampshire.
Sarah Ellis (she/her) is an NYC-based actor, concert artist, creator and producer with a passion for community building through the visual and performing arts. Her professional credits span theatre, film, dance, commercial, and symphony work, locally in new works readings and labs in NYC, regionally as a leading lady in award-winning theaters across the country including the First National Tour of the Tony-Award Winning “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder," and as a frequent guest artist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She is the Co-Creator/Producer of MT SHORTS, a new creative platform that fosters emerging writers to compose musical short films. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University where she received the Margaret “Peg” French Undergraduate Award in Theatre.
Rachel Spencer Hewitt (she/her) is the founder of Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) for the Performing Arts, a collective of individuals and theatre organizations committed to family-friendly practices in the theatre. Rachel received her BA in Drama from Trinity University and MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. Her professional acting resume includes Broadway Debut in tony-nominated King Charles III at The Music Box theater, regional theater and off-Broadway productions, including the Paula Vogel/Tina Landau New York premiere of A Civil War Christmas.
Tracy Liz Miller (she/her) is a professional director and actor currently on faculty in the theatre department of Western Connecticut State University. Former Director of Theatre Arts at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona. Co-Founding Producing Artistic Director of The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre. Member AEA/SAG/AFTRA. Associate Member Society of Directors and Choreographers. Member ATHE and StateraArts.
Andrea Prestinario (she/her) is an award-winning actress, singer, and activist who is NYC-based and Chicago-grown. Regional – Baltimore Center Stage: Fun Home (Alison); Weston Playhouse: Fun Home (Alison), Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown); Asolo Rep: My Fair Lady (Eliza) dir. Frank Galati; A.C.T. San Francisco: 1776 (Martha) dir. Frank Galati; Paramount Theatre Aurora: RENT (Maureen), My Fair Lady (Eliza); Lyric Opera Chicago: Oklahoma! (Gertie) dir. Gary Griffin; Drury Lane Oakbrook: Gypsy (Louise), Curtains, Sugar, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Writers’ Theatre: Oh, Coward!; Boho Theatre Company: Side Show (Violet – Jeff Award, Leading Actress). Solo show – sMOkeyTOWN: The Songs of Smokey Robinson: Laurie Beechman, Mayne Stage Chicago, Feinstein’s/54 Below. Upcoming: Beverly Arts Center Chicago; Metropolis (Arlington Heights) Arts Center. Education – BFA Ball State University (Musical Theatre), The School at Steppenwolf. Professional – Co-founder: Ring of Keys, a national network of queer women and TGNC artists working in musical theatre.
Performer, Choreographer, Dancer
Carly Salway (she/her) is an actress born in Utah, raised in Las Vegas, and now living in New York. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in musical theatre with an emphasis in Dance from Southern Utah University. She is a lover of wine, Shakespeare, Classic Rock, and tap dance.
Evangeline Stott (she/her) is an actor, painter, musician, community builder, and the Operations Assistant for StateraArts. She obtained her BFA in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University where she served as Showcase Director for the student-run theatre company Second Studio and had the honor of completing an acting fellowship with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. An Arizona desert rat with an East Coast heart, Evangeline moved to NYC after college where she has immersed herself in the devised theatre community while performing in productions at Columbia University and August Corps. She’s also had the opportunity to compose music for live theatre with her partner, Donovan Dorrance. Her paintings are both a direct expression of her lust for life and an exploration of empathy. They have been showcased and sold in Utah, Nevada, and New York, and can be viewed online through her website.
New York, NY
Director, Performer, Educator, Writer, Arts Administrator
Michelle Tailor (she/her) is performer, director, writer, and theatre educator. She is a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at The Tank, NYC where she co-wrote and developed the play "Bad Egg": a re-gendered, contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare's Hamlet, set in the world of women's Mixed-Martial Arts cage fighting. She received her MFA in Theatre from the University of Florida and teaches theatre at the Borough of Manhattan Community College as an adjunct lecturer. Michelle's artistic and academic focus has been on feminist performance practices, including a guest lecture on "Performing Feminism: Gestus and Top Girls by Caryl Churchill" at Franklin and Marshall College in the department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Michelle's short story writing was seen in the Windsor Review. She is a company member of the Hippodrome Theatre in Florida.
Anna Wulfekuhle (she/her) is an actor and collaborator from the Pacific Northwest. A founding member of the ensemble theatre company August Corps, Anna was the Outstanding Graduate in Theatre for her class at Western Washington University, where she concentrated in performance, management, and devising, and graduated from the Honors College. She has worked and trained with experimental theatre companies on both coasts, including WanderLost Laboratory Theatre, the iDiOM Theatre, and Blessed Unrest. Anna enjoys long lists and short stories.