STATERA MENTORSHIP | South Texas CHAPTER

Statera Mentorship: South Texas, which is based in Houston, was created in the fall of 2018. It was founded by Christine Jugueta, who also serves as one of the 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 mentorship@stateraarts.org.


SOUTH Texas Regional Coordinators

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Christine Arranz Jugueta (she/her/hers) is a consultant, producer, artist and guide.  Her first professional theatre job was in 1992 and she has since appeared in Tony Award-winning theaters Off-Broadway and across the country, including the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, the Denver Center and Utah Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU, a BFA in Musical Theater from Boston Conservatory and a Certificate in Acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. She received additional training in classical theatre at the University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program. 

Christine spent over 10 years exploring various aspects of spirituality, religion and community service at organizations like Andover Newton Theological School, the Boston Theological Institute, Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, the Inayati Order, Rising Tide International and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. She has also served as an advisor, instructor, music director, sound healer, dancer, ceremonialist and interfaith minister working with the LA Chapter of the Parliament of World Religions and several yoga studios and church communities across the country. Deeply committed to honoring her indigenous heritage in the Philippines, Christine is also a member of the Center for Babaylan Studies and has served as a director for various cultural events promoting Filipino indigenous wisdom. 

As an educator, Christine has developed conscious workshops, seminars and coaching techniques that help artists and leaders deepen their self-awareness, effectiveness and sense of vocation, and has taught various classes in movement, voice, acting, speech and music.

Christine is also a multi-genre vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, composer and producer, who has scored promotional videos and released recordings with the acclaimed and progressive Crossing community in Boston and in the New Age/World Music genre. Christine recently wrote, scored, produced and performed in her first solo piece, THE RED THREAD, which debuted at the Statera National Conference in Milwaukee in 2018, directed by Jackie Stone and featuring her original songs and fabulous 6-member band. More info: https://www.christinejugueta.com/       

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Amariee Collins-Lawrence (she/her/hers) is a community organizer, actress and an aspiring educational theatre leader.  She received her B.S. in Biology/Health and Human Performance from the University of Houston and her M.A. in Public Administration from Texas Southern University. Since 2002, she has participated in various outreach and community service efforts for veterans and low-income, urban/rural and faith communities working with organizations like Texas Impact, Texas Human Health and Services Commission, and Texas Community Partner Program.  As an Air Force veteran, she is in her 2nd year leading Houston’s 4th Service Platoon with The Mission Continues organization in partnership with “Recipe for Success” to raise awareness about accessing healthy food and encourage community farming. She has been a theatre actress since she was a student at Kansas City Middle School of the Arts and has worked with the Wichita Center for the Performing Arts and in various community theatre projects.  Favorite roles include Rizzo in Grease, Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She was recently awarded her Associate’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from San Jacinto College and is currently establishing a multi-cultural arts non-profit, which is in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3). Amariee is married to Joshua Lawrence, a UCC minister and doctoral candidate at the University of Denver, and they are raising 3 awesome boys (Luke (8 months), Aaron (9) and Elijah (12)) and 2 awesome doggies (Suga Baby and Alice).

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Julie Ann Arbiter (she/her/hers) is the Associate Production Manager at The Alley Theatre. She’s a native Houstonian who’s worked regionally and off-Broadway over the course of her career. After graduating from Houston’s own High School for the Performing and Visual Arts she headed to the the University of Evansville where she met Statera’s Mentorship Chair, Erika Haaland. She graduated with a degree in Stage Management and promptly returned home to freelance for a few years, working with The Alley, TUTS, HITS, and other theaters around Houston.  

She moved to New York City to freelance Stage Manage and built a relationship with The Public Theater. She soon became one of the Assistant Production Managers there, working on the unique Mobile Unit tours, the famed Shakespeare in the Park, and mainstage shows like Grounded, Barbecue, and most notably, Hamilton. During this period she learned a lot about off-Broadway theatre, production managing, and the quirks of producing work in New York City.

Over the years, she rose to Associate Production Manager and then Production Manager. She spent 6 years building relationship with directors, designers, programs, staff, and freelancers alike. Now she’s excited to bring those skills and relationships home to The Alley.

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Mara McGhee (she/her/hers) is an actor, director, educator, improvisor and producer. She is the cofounder and former Artistic Director of All In Productions, located and thriving in Milwaukee, WI. Her favorite directing credits include Gym Class Heroes (The Landing Theatre Company’s Redemption Series), Little Shop of Horrors (All In Productions), A Behanding in Spokane (The World’s Stage), Desire Is Death (The World’s Stage), along with smaller projects with Milwaukee Comedy and  Schmitz n Giggles. A few acting credits include Incredible Darling (Fade 2 Black Festival), Hair (Skylight Music Theatre), Suddenly Last Summer (Uprooted Theatre), The Colored Museum (Lights! Camera! Soul!), Home: A Musical X-File Case S4E2 (Smithereen Productions), and [title of show] (Theatrical Tendencies). She is an improviser and was a mainstage and touring member of TIM: The Improvised Musical, a regular performer in ComedySportz Milwaukee and in ComedySportz Houston. Her most notable television and film appearances include: “Extra” in Mr. 3000, “Featured Taster” in TMJ4 Milwaukee’s local news segment “What’s The Deal With Greek Yogurt?”, and “Member of the McGhee Family” on Family Feud. She enjoys working for the Education and Community Engagement department at the Alley, where she engages with all types of theatre with all types of people. Peace, Love, and Light! More info: www.maramcghee.com