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Third Annual Statera Conference for Gender Balance to Be Held in Milwaukee

Third Annual Statera Conference for Gender Balance to Be Held in Milwaukee
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of the Statera Foundation

For the Statera Foundation, partnering with Milwaukee’s very-own Renaissance Theaterworks seemed like the obvious choice for its third National Conference for Gender Balance. 

“Our goal is to bring people who identify as women into full and equal participation in the American Theatre,” says Sarah Greenman, Statera’s creative director. “Renaissance’s founders of course recognized gender imbalance within their own profession when they were founded back in 1993. We just thought they were the perfect fit for us.”

The conference will be held October 4-7 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. Formed in 2014, the Statera Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strives to expand employment options, improve salary, and remove barriers for women+ identifying theatre professionals. The name Statera derives from the Latin word for balance.

The conference is open to anyone, from working theatre professionals to students and enthusiasts, regardless of gender or age. 

 “One of the ways to affect change is to be in person and get inspired and network with people one on one,” Greenman says. “All of these women identified artists are meeting to bring their A-game.”

Breakout sessions at the conference include:

*Click the presenters name in bold to learn more about them*


Friday, Oct. 5:


9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m:


11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.:


2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.:



Saturday, Oct. 6:


8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.:

  • From Woman to Mother to Crone: can theatre teach us to age well? (Gillian Eaton)
  • Collaborative Models for Co-Producing (Teresa Thuman)
  • Take Time to Breathe: Yoga & Mindfulness for Theatre Artists – A Discussion & Practice (Emily Rollie)
  •  Male Allyship in the Gender Parity Movement (Jack Greenman)
  • Artistic Midwifery - Reimagining the Creative Process (Emily Ritger, Anne Walaszek)


11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:

  • Asking the Other Question: New Frontiers for Leadership and Organizational Culture (Devon Berkshire, Hannah Fenlon, Elena Chang)
  • Early Women Playwrights and How Their Work has Shaped Modern Theater (Amy Drake)
  • Fat Discrimination in the American Theatre (Maggie RogersSage Martin)
  • What I Wish I Knew in Undergrad (Kaitlyn CurrySamantha AllredMadison Ford)
  • Soul Work: African American Performance Techniques and Asthetics (Details TBA)


2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.:


Sunday, Oct. 7:


8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.:


9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.:


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.:

To register for the conference and learn more, visit


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