Statera Mentorship | New York Chapter

Statera Mentorship: New York City was created in the winter of 2019. It was founded by Meridith Grundei, who also serves as one of the Regional Coordinators. The chapter is currently in its first cycle of pairings. Did you just attend the Changemakers event in NYC? We’ve opened up applications just for you from now until September 1st. To apply to be a MENTEE or MENTOR in the winter 2020 class, please click one of the boxes below. Applications will open again 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

New York CITY Regional Coordinators


Meridith C. Grundei (she/her/hers) is a New York newbie, actor, improviser, producer, and voice-over artist. She holds an M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO and is a member of Actors Equity and an Associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Meridith’s recent directing credits include Bite-Size, an evening of micro-theatre with Off-Center at The Denver Center and MOVE, an evening of unique theater with the Naropa MFA in Boulder, Co. 

In 2017 Meridith received the True West Award with her husband, Gary Grundei and Henry nominated for her work as director on Beowulf, A Thousand Years of Baggage with the Boulder company, The Catamounts. In 2016 she was recognized in the Westword as one of Colorado's 100 Creatives. She is an Associate Artist of LOCAL Theatre Company in Boulder, CO and proud member of StateraArts. For more about Meridith visit:


Alex Marrs (she/her/hers) is a values-based fundraiser and special events producer at Primary Stages, a nonprofit Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. Previously, she worked as the Assistant Director of Arts Advancement at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Long Island, creating strategy for long-term and transformational fundraising. Prior to New York, she worked at her alma mater, Christopher Newport University in Virginia, in advancement for the academic arts programs, a performing arts center, and a fine art museum. While there, she focused on cultivation of major gift donors for the performing arts center and bridging the gap for donors across all university artistic disciplines. Alex is passionate about mentorship opportunities and advocacy for women, and is currently participating in Theater Resources Unlimited’s Producer Development and Mentorship Program. She is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute, an alumna of TedxBroadway’s Young Professionals group, and a member of The Wing. @alexraquelmarrs


Sayantee Sahoo (she/her/hers) is a production manager, technical director, designer, and educator. Sayantee’s work is deeply collaborative and she aims always to enable cross-disciplinary ideation for execution of the artistic vision. Special interests include touring shows, educational outreach, and new works. Sayantee holds an MFA in Technical Design & Production from the Yale School of Drama. She also holds a post-graduate degree from The National School of Drama New Delhi and a Master of Science from West Bengal University of Technology in Molecular Biology. Click HERE for Sayantee’s full resume.


Rachel Spencer Hewitt (she/her/hers) 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. PAAL's mission is to empower and advocate for the parent-artist, both employee and freelance, in collaboration with theatre organizations in order to raise awareness of parent artist obstacles in the theatre and create work-life balance interventions, healthy work culture, stable protocols, and accessible pathways to employment.

Rachel received her BA in Drama from Trinity University and MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. She earned her equity card understudying and performing at the Yale Repertory Theater. 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. She recently moved to Chicago and has founded a national online community and resource initiative to highlight, identify, and create dialogue on motherhood in the theater arts on her blog


Mara Jill Herman (she/her/hers) is a performer, writer, and teaching artist based in Astoria. Her developmental highlights include The Band’s Visit and Sam’s Room (Theatre Barn’s Impact Award). Favorite productions include On The Town (Hildy), Rent (Maureen), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), and the international tours of Disney On Classic and Jesus Christ Superstar. She directed and produced Stronger Than Hate: A Benefit for Tree of Life Synagogue to raise money for the Pittsburgh congregation and victims’ families. Mara is a Backstage Expert and co-authored So You Wanna Be A Superstar? The Ultimate Audition Guide (Running Press Kids). She frequently appears with America’s Sweethearts, the all-female vintage trio. Mara is an adjudicator for the National YoungArts Foundation and received the Young Alumni Service Award from University Of The Arts. Educational affiliations include Marquis Studios, Inside Broadway, and Jamaica Center For Arts and Learning. For more information, visit