Join us for the Statera National Conference in New York City from October 26-27, 2019. Meet with theatre professionals from all over the country to network, learn, renew, share, and more! StateraCon is all about intersectional gender balance and our goal is to take positive action to bring women* into full and equal participation in the American Theatre. 

StateraCon is open to all theatre professionals, practitioners, students and enthusiasts regardless of gender or age: administrators, designers, dramaturgs, educators, technicians, actors, advocates, etc.

StateraCon is open to everyone. We invite and welcome all gender identities, all races and ethnicities, all religions and creeds, countries of origin, all immigrants and refugees, all abilities and disabilities, and all sexual orientations. Everyone is welcome here. 



NYC has a rich and globally recognized arts and culture scene and is home to some of our nation's most legendary theaters. The theme for StateraConIV is Coalition Building. After hosting three highly successful conferences in the regional theatre hubs of Cedar City, Denver, and Milwaukee, Statera has strategically chosen to meet in New York City as a way of engaging partner organizations and facilitating collective action. Plus, who doesn’t want to spend a fabulous weekend in the Big Apple with industry leaders, creatives, and theatre-professionals from all walks and disciplines? 



StateraArts is proud to partner this year with City College of New York and the Department of Theatre and Speech (CCNY) for our fourth international conference. Since its founding in 1847, CCNY has been true to its legacy of access, opportunity, and transformation. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic, and boldly visionary as the city itself. Located in Hamilton Heights overlooking Harlem, City College is an integral part of the civic, urban and artistic energy of New York and inseparable from its history.


Bring Your Whole Self to Conference!

No need to put on your game face. No need to “gear up”. Statera’s National Conference is a place for collective healing and creative coalition building. We want you to bring your whole self to conference. Yes, there will be strategy sessions, tool-gathering, and networking. Yes, there will be industry panels, touchstone addresses, and breakout sessions. But StateraCon is not your average arts conference. We are shifting the culture from one where myths surrounding lack, competition, and isolation are replaced by authentic experiences of collaboration, connection, and positive action.


StateraArts wants to make conference as accessible as possible. To that end, this year’s gathering in NYC has been condensed from three days to two. Your weekend at StateraCon will be packed with amazing content and connection, but without the cost of an extra day of hotels, meals, and ground transportation. This tighter two-day schedule also honors the academic weekend for educators and students.


Become a Statera Member

By becoming a member, you help transform the lives of women* artists and arts leaders while receiving benefits and access to StateraArts programs, discounts, and events as part of the StateraArts community. Members receive a discount on their 2019 StateraCon registration.



Joanna Gleason will be delivering one of the keynote address at Statera's 4th National Conference on gender equity in the theatre. Joanna is revered by Broadway audiences for her unforgettable portrayal of The Baker’s Wife in the original company of Into the Woods. Other Broadway credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Nick and Nora, Day in the Death of Joe Egg, and Sons of The Prophet among others. Her extensive film and TV work includes Boogie Nights, Crimes & Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, Mr. Holland’s Opus, The Wedding Planner, The West Wing, ER, The Good Wife, and a host of other projects. Joanna has been teaching in high schools and colleges around the country for thirty years, and has directed Off-Broadway as well as for television. More information HERE.

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MAY ADRALES | Keynote Speaker

May Adrales, a director,  teacher and artistic leader, will be delivering on of the keynote addresses at Statera’s 4th National Conference. May helmed the world premiere of  Lortel Award and Obie Award-Winning production VIETGONE at Manhattan Theatre Club/ South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Rep. She has just been named the Associate Artistic Director of Milwaukee Rep. May served as Director of On Site Programming at the Lark Play Development Center (2008-2010), developing programs to support and nurture over 200 playwrights. She served as an Artistic Associate at The Public Theater (2006-2009), spearheading the Shakespeare Lab, a professional conservatory, and overseeing community engagement programs in the outer boroughs. Adrales is the recipient of the  TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award; Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s inaugural Denham Fellowship and the Paul Green Emerging Directing award.  She is a recipient of a TCG New Generations grant.  She has been awarded directing fellowships at New York Theater Workshop; Women's Project; SoHo Rep; and The Drama League.  She has directed and taught at NYU, Juilliard, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Fordham University and Bard College. More information HERE.


Register for Statera National Conference Today!

Registration includes access to all Statera Conference programming. This includes keynote addresses, plenaries, workshops, breakout sessions, panel discussions, admission to organized social gatherings, and a conference swag bag. General Registration ($300) is available until September 30th or until we sell out. Statera Members receive the early bird rate ($250) as long as registration is open. Please read the StateraCon Refund & Cancellation Policies before registering.


general registration

General registration is open now through September 30th or until we sell out. Register today to secure your spot!

Student Registration

We love when students join their professors at StateraCon! If you are a student attending with your professor, your attendance fee is cut in half.



The Statera National Conference is a families-welcome space! This year, we are working in close partnership with the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) to make sure our parents have what they need at conference. We know that many theatre artists, particularly women, are juggling their professional lives with the needs of their families (we can relate!) To help ensure that you won't need to choose between attending the conference and caring for your little ones, we will have a Family Room* available for any attendees needing to bring their infants or small children with them to conference. This room will be equipped with private space for nursing and pumping and plenty of room for little ones to get the "wiggles" out! Attendees may bring their small children into the sessions with them as they see fit. Also, please feel free to breastfeed in any of the sessions.

Any attendee wishing to bring a babysitter to conference with them to attend to their kiddos while they attend sessions is welcome to do so without registering and paying for their babysitter. Simply note the names of your children and their babysitter when you complete your conference registration and we'll print name badges for your family group so that they have easy access to you during conference. Looking to coordinate childcare or want to connect with other parents at the conference? Statera and the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) are here for you you! Please reach out to our liaison Rachel Spencer-Hewitt directly at for more information. There is also a place in your registration form to note your needs.

*The family room will not be staffed by StateraArts personnel and children may not be left unattended at any time.



As Mia Mingus says, “Access is LOVE.” StateraCon is an open and inclusive gathering. All conference spaces are ADA accessible. Statera will provide ASL translations for touchstone addresses and plenaries. Gender neutral bathrooms are available and well-signed. Please contact the Statera Team at if you have accessibility needs (ie. large print materials, assistive technology, mobility needs, etc.) We are here for you.

And a note about pronouns: We feel that words matter. Statera will provide a variety of pronoun stickers for use on your conference name badge. Stickers will be available at the registration table every morning of conference so that you may choose how to identify.


By Train

  • Take the IRT #1 local to 137th Street and Broadway.Walk up 138th Street three blocks to Convent Avenue.

  • Take the IND "A" or "D" express, or the "B" or "C" local to 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, walk west one block to 145th Street and Convent Avenue, then south to 138th Street.The CCNY shuttle bus makes regular stops to this subway during the day.

  • Take the IRT #4 or#5 express or #6 local to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue.Change there for the M-100 or M-101 bus to Amsterdam Avenue and 138th Street.Walk east one block to Convent Avenue.

  • Take the Metro North to 125th Street and Park Avenue.Change there for the M-100 or M-101 bus to Amsterdam Avenue and 138th Street, walk east one block to Convent Avenue.

By Bus

  • Take the M-4 or M-5 to Broadway and 137th Street.Walk up 138th Street three blocks to Convent Avenue.

  • Take the M-100 or M-101 to Amsterdam Avenue and 138th, walk east one block to Convent Avenue.

  • Take the M-101 to 135th and Amsterdam Avenue and walk north to 138th Street, then east one block to Convent Avenue.

  • Take the BX-19 to 145th and Convent Avenue, walk south on Convent Avenue to 138th Street.

By Car

  • From the West Side Highway: Exit at 125th Street.Cross Broadway and turn left onto Amsterdam Avenue.The College is at 138th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

  • From the East Side: Take the FDR or the Triborough Bridge to Harlem River Drive.Exit at 135th Street.Continue to St. Nicholas Avenue and turn right, then left onto 141st Street.Turn left onto Convent Avenue.The campus begins at 140th Street and Convent Avenue.


Attendees are responsible for their own lodging and transportation while attending StateraCon. There are very few hotel options in walking distance of City College of New York. You will likely be using public transportation while attending StateraCon. Below are suggestions for lodging in the city. We’ll update this as more information becomes available.

Aloft | Harlem | (212) 749-4000

Book your group rate for Statera National Conference 2019 - If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to call reservations at 866.961.2995.

Royal Park Hotel | Upper West Side | (212) 665-7434

The Royal Hotel has a block of rooms set aside for StateraCon attendees at a discount. Please call the hotel directly at (212) 665-7434 to reserve a room in the Statera Conference block. Rates are $179-$199.

Watson Hotel | Columbus Circle | (212) 581-8100

The Watson Hotel has a block of rooms set aside for StateraCon attendees at a discount. Please call the hotel directly at 212-581-8100. The cut-off date to book a reservation at the group rate is September 28th, 2019. The room block is for October 25-28, 2019.

Row NYC | Times Square | (212) 869-3600

HI New York City | Upper West Side | (212) 932-2300

Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, HI NYC is 2 blocks from Central Park and just minutes by subway from everything you want to see and do in the city. We’re a short walk from Columbia University, St. John the Divine, and the vibrant neighborhood of Harlem where StateraCon will take place at CCNY. Book through Hostel World for free cancelation up to 7 days before your booking date.

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StateraCon officially begins the morning of Saturday, October 26th and continues into Sunday, October 27th. StateraArts is also hosting an afternoon pre-convening on Friday, October 25th for industry leaders. This invitational will be facilitated by Marla Teyolia and Kavitha Rao of Culture Shift Agency.

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May 1, 2019 - General Registration ($300) opens.

May 31, 2019 - Breakout Session Proposals are due by midnight EST.

June 31, 2019 - Grant Applications close at midnight EST.

July 15, 2019 - Grant recipients will be notified.

August 1, 2019 - Grant recipients will be publicly announced.

September 30, 2019 - General Registration ($300) and Student Registration ($150) closes at midnight EST. We anticipate selling out before then, so register early to secure a spot.

October 1, 2019 - Late Registration ($350) opens until sold out. 

Download whova - the Statera Conference App

Whova is the official app for Statera’s National Conference in NYC.
Click HERE for a quick video tutorial on how the Whova Event app works.

  • NAVIGATE the event agenda and logistics, even without Wi-Fi or data. Access useful information like ride-sharing and local attractions through the Community Board. Receive real-time announcements from StateraCon coordinators about room changes or other important information. You can also set up your personal conference schedule.

  • NETWORK effectively. Plan whom to meet by exploring attendee profiles and sending out messages.

  • PARTICIPATE in event activities through session likes, comments, ratings, live polling, tweeting, and more.

Get our official conference app
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For feature details, visit Whova


Can I get the Early Bird rate after the May 1st deadline?
No. Early Bird rates are available for a limited time to those who commit early to attending conference.

What if I am waiting to hear back about my grant application? Can I still get the Early Bird rate?
No. However, StateraArts will happily reimburse the amount of your full or partial registration waiver in the event that you do receive a grant. Separately, Statera Members receive the Early Bird rate for as long as registration remains open.

When does registration close?
Registration will remain open as long as there is space available. Register early to ensure that you get a spot.

I’m a student but don’t have a professor attending conference. Do I still get the student discount?
No. The Student Rate is only available to students attending with their professor.

Is there a discounted lodging option connected to the conference?
Not at this time. We will update that information at if and when that occurs.

Do you use a conference app to help us stay connected to attendees, speakers, and schedules?
Yes. We use the Whova App and it will be made available to all attendees and speakers 6 weeks before the start of conference.

Will StateraArts be hosting performances during conference?
NYC is a treasure trove of incredible theatre experiences and we are keeping evenings free for attendees to make the most of their time. Space is at a premium and StateraArts will not be hosting full performances during conference. We will provide a list of available shows when the conference draws near. 



Conference Co-Chair  | Tracy Liz Miller

Conference Co-Chair  |   Jennifer Tuttle

Co-Coordinator|   Melinda Pfundstein

Co-Coordinator  |  Sarah Greenman

Pre-convening Facilitator | Marla Teyolia

Pre-convening Facilitator | Kavitha Rao

PAAL Liaison | Rachel Hewitt-Spencer

Thank you to our 2019 Conference Partners




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 non-binary. 

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. 




Your registration fee does not include transportation, theatre tickets, lodging or meals (unless otherwise noted on the itinerary). The conference schedule is subject to change and we will be adding the names of speakers and details about content in the weeks and months ahead. Questions or concerns? Please contact us at