We, the board of directors and staff of Heartland Theatre Company, stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the fight against systemic racism. We fully support the efforts made to save Black lives and amplify the voices of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color movement. We are committed to producing stories that explore the human condition, and we can only accomplish that by embracing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We recognize that in Heartland’s history, we have not actively addressed diversity on the stage, behind the stage and in the stories that we tell. We are committed to being more mindful in the future by bringing more inclusive art in all aspects of theatre. We pledge to work to make our theatre space not just non-racist but anti-racist. We proudly stand with others in the Central Illinois theatre community who are committed to the same mission. We will do better.
We welcome all comments, questions, and concerns and encourage you to email us at [email protected]. We are listening.