Cessalee Stovall

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Cessalee Stovall is an artist, educator, and advocate who connects her theatre and performance practice, expertise as an educator, lived experience as a Black artist, and passion for engagement through the arts to deliver programming that serves artists and our industry on a global scale. She is the Founder and director of Stage A Change, and she works most frequently as a director, actor and intimacy professional. She holds a degree in theatre from Florida State University, an Arts Leadership Graduate certificate from University of Massachusetts, Amhurst, certificates in Diversity and Inclusion from Purdue University and Cornell University, and a Mental Health First Aid certification, she is uniquely qualified to support diversity, equity, inclusion and mental health in the performing arts sector.

Known for her open-minded perspective and knack for understanding the larger picture, Cessalee has earned the respect and support of performing arts industry professionals globally. In addition to providing access to training, Cessalee believes that by discussing and implementing both ground- and glass-breaking best practices, we will continue to diversify our industry, both onstage, offstage, and in the audiences, making space to hear more voices, understand more stories, and engage more authentically.

As a performer, Cessalee has worked in musical theatre, film, tv and commercials around the globe. Australian audiences have seen her onstage in The Book of Mormon, Emilia (Arts Center, Melbourne), Is God Is (Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company). On screen, she’s recently appeared in tv shows Clickbait, La Brea, Surviving Summer and in the films The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee and the upcoming Ricky Stanicky and Sleeping Dogs. Recent and current intimacy direction credits include Neighbours (current season), Better Man (feature film), Nosferatu, Anna K and Stay Woke (Malthouse), Choir Boy (National Theatre of Parramatta) Hairspray (Natl. Tour), The Wedding Singer (Natl. Tour), and Passing Strange (Antipodes Theatre Company).