Welcome to Statera Mentorship!

Mentorship is at the core of Statera's mission of taking positive action to bring women* into full and equal participation in the arts. A flourishing mentor relationship helps both mentor and mentee organize their professional challenges, nurture their creative ideas and activate their personal gifts. 

Statera works to connect women artists interested in moving beyond the very real obstacles that sometimes lie between our goals and our opportunities. The most effective way to grow, expand and manifest change is to work together. Statera is here for you. 


meet your National Co-Directors

Erika Haaland & Minita Gandhi



HOW Does it work?

Statera Mentorship will be launching chapters on July 1st 2019 in the following cities/communities: Class I - Boston, Central Coast, Dallas/Fort Worth, Iowa, Ithaca, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and South Texas. The following chapters are launching their first class in the winter of 2020: Atlanta, Bay Area, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Southern Oregon. Chicago will launch their fourth class. Each CLASS runs for 6 months.

Interested mentors/mentees begin by submitting an application to their desired chapter city (please select below). After reviewing your submission, your Regional Coordinator(s) will pair you with the mentor/mentee that best fits your professional goals & needs within your community. Pairs are asked to meet a minimum of two hours per month and these meetings can take place in-person, via phone, or video conference/skype for the duration of the six-month program. In addition, participating mentors/mentees will have access to:

  • Statera Mentorship Social Media Platforms

  • Our Mentorship Packet detailing the program

  • Tips for cultivating a successful mentor/mentee relationship

  • One Statera Mentorship Meet-Up

  • The StateraArts Newsletter

  • Connection and access to your chapter cities mentorship community

  • Support from Regional Coordinators

NOTE: Once you have completed your intake form, you will receive a mentor/mentee survey to complete your application.

NOTE: Sometimes (but rarely) a mentor applicant is not paired during a class cycle. In that instance, Statera keeps your information for the next cycle so we can match your amazing skill set with an appropriate mentee.

(photos by Antje Kastner)

(photos by Antje Kastner)


Become a Mentor or Mentee

To participate in Statera Mentorship, please choose from one of the regions below.


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"The Statera Mentorship program is fantastic - both because my mentor Dana has been such a steady and inspirational person and because it was amazing to feel a sense community with so many artists who come from different backgrounds. We are all out there hustling, and knowing I'm not alone makes the every-day struggles so much easier to handle." Alison Plott, Actor: CHICAGO

"Having worked as a professional actress in Chicago for the past 30 years, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to give back and help women in the business, as there was nothing like this when I was starting out. Not only has it been an intensely rewarding experience to help my mentee in all areas of Chicago theatre I discovered the wealth of knowledge I have attained over the years and the immense value of it." Lia Mortensen, Actor: CHICAGO

(photo by Antje Kastner)

(photo by Antje Kastner)

Please consider supporting Statera Mentorship with a donation or by gifting someone with a mentorship opportunity.


*A Note on Inclusion at StaterA

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 nonbinary.

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.