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Statera Foundation Conference for Women in the Theatre | Shakespeare in Utah

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Bridging the Gap
Over the past three days I attended as much of the Statera Conference on the campus of Southern Utah University as I could fit into my schedule.  I did pre conference interviews with the founders and directors and interviewed as many people as I could.

The Conference was fun!
So many opportunities for connection with like minded women simply boggled my mind.  We enjoyed amazing speakers from Kate Shindle, President of Actors Equity in the United States, who gave the keynote address during a luncheon on Saturday to Sam White, founder of Shakespeare in Detroit.Kate Shindle Keynote

Martha Richards flew in from San Francisco to offer her perspective and wisdom as the Executive Director for Women Arts.  She personally shared with me several links to her work online to be shared in this report. Here is a link to an infographic about Women in Shakespeare.   And an article from The Guardian asking, Did Shakespeare sell Women short?  Martha shared the results of a study conducted in the bay area during her presentation.

Here is the link to the results.

The overall tone of the conference was upbeat and empowering.  We practiced Yoga, attended plays and cabarets, and had social gatherings at a local pizza joint with live music provided by the cast of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Here is a mashup of the interviews:

“A Tidal Wave of Positivity”

Melinda Vaughn asked the conference attendees right at the beginning of her remarks to turn on their phones, connect with someone new in the hall, and send out a “Tidal Wave Of Positivity” on Social Media.  She asked us to use the hashtags #Iamstatera and #StateraCon15

Sam White
The most compelling interview I conducted was with Sam White who is the founder and Executive Director of Shakespeare in Detroit.

The Complete Playlist of Interviews is found on my You Tube Channel HERE.

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Jenny Hatch is a professional Wordpress Designer and Blogger. Jenny has a passion for Natural Family Living and raised her five children holistically. She spends most of her time in her Kitchen cooking with whole foods and washing dishes. As the Utah Editor for The Shakespeare Standard she looks forward to sharing her passion for live theatre with readers all over the globe. She lives in Cedar City, Utah, home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, with her husband Paul, their little Silky Terrier Samwise Gandalf, and her children who are at varying levels of independence.

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