Statera Mentorship Applications Are Open; Deadline February 1

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Statera Mentorship Applications Are Open; Deadline February 1

Mentorship is at the core of StateraArts' mission of creating pathways that bring women* into full and equal participation in the arts. Melinda Pfundstein, Statera's Executive Director, said, "Professional mentorship for women and non-binary artists is a positive, proactive, and proven way to counter gender imbalance in the workplace. And we're thrilled to share that in 2020, Statera Mentorship will expand to classes in sixteen regions."

Statera Mentorship is under the leadership of national co-directors Erika Haaland and Minita Gandhi. Statera Mentorship was announced in October 2018 at Statera's International Conference in Milwaukee, WI. Since the announcement, regional chapters have exploded across the United States. Halaand says, "We have a team of over 50 regional coordinators nation-wide working to bring Statera Mentorship to their communities. If there was ever an indication of a need for this program, we can see it in the excitement and generosity of this volunteer group of women and non-binary artists."

2020 classes are happening in the following cities: Atlanta, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas / Fort Worth, Ithaca, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, Southern Oregon, South Texas, and Washington D.C.

The duration of each mentorship class is 6-months. The upcoming 2020 Statera Mentorship classes will run from March1 - September 1, 2020. Participants enjoy one-on-one engagement with a mentor/mentee, networking mixer opportunities, and access to Statera's national community and wide range of resources. Statera National Co-Director Minita Gandhi says, "This program is proving to be an incredible grassroots movement honoring intersectionality and coalition vs. competition."

Applications to participate in the next class open from January 1 - February 1, 2020. Visit to apply. Have questions about Statera Mentorship? StateraArts provides an FAQ page:

"Thank you Statera for the greatest gift - a fellow female theater-maker who I believe in and who believes in me. We can't do it alone, and Statera helps to bridge the gap between emerging and established female theater-makers. This is a craft, and it must be passed down person-to-person, soul-to-soul. Statera is building a brighter future not just for women but for the future of the America Theater." - 2019 Mentee, NYC Chapter

Dates: The next class runs from March 1 - September 1, 2020

Application deadline: mentor/mentee applications are due by February 1, 2020


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