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Cessalee Smith-Stovall

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: Founder and CEO, Stage A Change

Focus Area

Positive social change

Cessalee Smith-Stovall

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: Founder and CEO, Stage A Change

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I'm an artist, activist, and advocate who thrives as the intersection of my theatre performance practice, my passion for arts access, and my drive to improve the performing arts sector on a global scale. My goal is to be a leader who listens, innovates and empowers the people around me.

 

With a degree in theatre from Florida State University, certificates in Diversity and Inclusion from Purdue University and Cornell University, and a Mental Health First Aid certification, I'm a fierce advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, safety and wellbeing in the performing arts sector. In 2017, I started Stage A Change to support the creation of more professional opportunities for artists of colour in the performing arts sector. We work to support artists through training programs, community engagement and elevating industry standards. We are changing the faces of theatre. Stage A Change also supports DEI training in the wider arts and for-purpose sectors. In addition to my work with Stage A Change, I'm an Intimacy Director for theatre, film and TV.

 

For fun, I'm an avid traveller with 35+ passport stamps (hoping to get to 40 by 40!)! I'm the proud wife of Scott and the mother to an awesomely amazing 2-year old daughter, Alula Valyntine.

Skills & Expertise

  • Equity and inclusion
  • Community engagement
  • Event planning
  • Brand partnerships
  • Experiential marketing

"The Social Change Fellowship is so special because it means that someone else sees the value in the work, the artists we support, the change I want to make. And it means they believe in me."


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