In Memoriam

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Mike Dobbins, our Managing Artistic Director, left us much too soon in July, 2013, after serving Heartland Theatre Company for 15 years. As we dedicate our 2013-2014 Season to him, we continue to move forward into Heartland’s bright future.

Mike’s “pet” project was the New Plays from the Heartland one-act play competition that brought in a guest playwright with the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant, and presented three winning plays in the form of (more than) staged readings to our audiences.  Mike was instrumental in the extreme growth of Heartland between 1999 and 2007.  He initiated the 10-Minute Play Festival with Julie Kistler’s idea from the Humana Festival in Louisville, KY.

For more information about Mike Dobbins: Mike Dobbins’ Obituary

Dan Craft’s article in The Pantagraph, “He Put His Heartland into Heartland and More”