Statera Mentorship | New York Chapter

The New York Chapter of Statera Mentorship 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 preparing to launch Class I in July 2019. To sign up for Class I, please choose either MENTOR or MENTEE below. If you have any questions, please contact our National Co-Directors at

New York 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


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