What Is Cultural Equity and Why Is It Important at The PAC?

Now that The Skin of Our Teeth has closed and our season is winding down, my focus has shifted to The PAC’s cultural equity plan. “What’s that?” you ask. Well, truthfully, it’s still a work in progress.

In theory, a cultural equity plan creates opportunities for marginalized community members to participate in decision-making processes, access resources, and benefit from the same quality of life as everyone else. In practice, such a plan will enable The PAC to better diversify our programming, staffing, and participation; it will foster better relationships with potential patrons and partners from varied backgrounds; and create a more just, productive, and prosperous performing arts community.

To ensure The PAC’s cultural equity plan is effective, we are pursuing diversity training and recruitment methods through national and local community members, leaders, consultants, local performers, and national performing arts advisors with diversity and inclusion expertise.

Once implemented, The PAC’s cultural equity plan will build upon our reputation as a safe space where everyone feels valued and respected. But we can’t do it alone. Only with your help can The PAC ensure that no one is left out and that everyone in our community has access to the quality performing arts resources that will help them reach their full potential.

So, if you want to be part of this movement, now’s your chance. Give me a call. Drop me a line. I’m listening.

Audience Survey Winners

Congratulations to JENNIFER FORD, CINDY HEARTLEY, JULIE STITH & RON TYLER– each a lucky winner of a $20 PAC gift certificate for completing an Audience Survey last month.

PAC Spotlight – February 2023

This month, The PAC Spotlight shines on North Hardin High School’s Keira Cortes-Sheroan, who will be “Cinderella” in this month’s production of Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the PAC.

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be an elementary school teacher, though I hope to continue to pursue my love for dance and theater.

What have you participated in at the PAC?
I have participated in Youth Theatre of Hardin County (2018-2022), North Hardin High School choir concerts (2019-2022), and many Allegro Dance Theater recitals and musicals (2014-2022). I have also had many wonderful experiences working in tech for various PAC productions!

What have been your most rewarding PAC experiences?
My most rewarding PAC experiences have all involved working with new performers and participants. It’s really exciting to see people step into this space and transform throughout the production process. Whether it’s students participating in a summer camp or someone joining Youth Theater for the first time, I love being a role model and seeing what joy performing can bring. To know that someone is looking up to you and wants to do what you do is a feeling like no other.

What did you learn from your PAC experiences?
It was a hard lesson to learn, but perfection does not simply outweigh one’s passion.

How have you benefited from the PAC?
Through various experiences with the PAC, I have grown so incredibly both as an artist and a person. I have become confident in my ability to do what I love and will forever love what I do.

Why is the PAC important to you?
The PAC has a very special place in my heart because it’s where my passion for the arts began. From the moment I took my first step onstage, I knew that I would never want to leave.

Why should the PAC be important to others?
The PAC should be important to others because it is a vital outlet for our community. I have seen so much talent, creativity, artistry, and love put into this facility. Most people see the results of the PAC’s work, but if they could only catch a glimpse behind the scenes. The PAC is a safe space for so many
of us, and I can’t imagine Hardin County without it.

Keira Cortes 2
Keira Cortes 1

Now Showing – February 2023

Feb 3

February 3, 2023  
Third-Party Event:
Studio One-Eleven Holiday Bash.
6:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (fees included).
Tickets on Sale: TBD. 
Undert the direction of Katie Bennett 270-312-0872

Feb 6

February 6, 2023
HCS Event: North Hardin High School Choir Concert.
7 PM.
Tickets: $5 (fees included).
Tickets on Sale Jan 5
Under the direction of Cassie Lucas 270-351-3167.

Feb 11
February 11, 2023  
Third-Party Event: Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Workshop (Second of three) in prep for summer production of OKLAHOMA.
Satureday, February 11, 11 AM- 2 PM.
Pre-registration with Youth Theatre is recommended. Contact Greg Thompson at
Feb 16 -19

February 16 – 19, 2023
HCS Event: North Hardin High School presents the musical CINDERELLA .
Thurs & Fri School Day Performance: 9:30 & 11:30 AM. Reservations required.
Public Perf, Saturday, 7 PM & Sunday Matinee, 3 PM.
Tickets: $5 (fees included).
Tickets on Sale Jan 5
Under the direction of Cassie Lucas 270-351-3167.

Feb 16

February 16, 2023
HCS Event: Hardin County Board of Education Meeting- POSTPONED 
6 PM.
Student Recognitions.

Feb 24,25

February 24 – 25, 2023
HCS Event: John Hardin High School Drama presents THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNUM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.
Friday , Feb 24, 7 PM. Sunday , Feb 25, 7 PM.
Tickets: Adults, $10, Students, $5 (fees included).
Tickets on Sale: Jan 30
Under the direction of Phyllis Westfall.

Coming Soon – March 2023

March 3,4

March 3, 4
HCS Event: Central Hardin High School Drama Club presents “Theatre Now: 10-Minute Musicals.”
Friday, March 3, School Time Performance for school groups at 10 AM & Public Performance, 7 PM
Saturday, March 4, Public Performance, 2 PM.
Public Tickets; $7 (including fees). Tickets go on sale; Feb 6.
Under the direction of Sarah Dakin 270-734-0021.

March 11

March 11, 2023
Third-Party Event: Youth Theatre of Hardin County Winter Workshop (Last of three) in prep for summer production of OKLAHOMA.
Saturday, March 11, 11 AM- 3 PM.
Parent meeting at 3 PM.
POC Greg Thompson at

March 10, 12

March 10, 12, 2023
HCS Event: North Hardin High School Drama Club Production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
Friday, March 10, 7 PM.
Sunday, March 12, 3 PM.
Tickets: $7, fees included.
Tickets Go on Sale: January 2023.
Under the direction of Donna Thomas 270-351-3167.

March 15-18

March 15-18, 2023
Third-Party Event: Allegro Dance Theatre proudly presents SINGING IN THE RAIN, JR.
School Time Performances for school groups Wed, Thurs, Friday 9:30 & 11:30 AM. Seats must be reserved.
Public Performances: Friday, March 17, 7 PM,
Saturday, March 18,  1 PM.
Tickets: $7 (fees included).
Tickets go on sale: February 15.
Under the direction of Carol Zagar, 270-352-1333.

March 21

March 21, 2023
HCS Event: West Hardin Middle School Band Festival Preview/Derby City Brass Concert.
Tuesday, March 21, 7 PM.
Tickets: Free.
Tickets On Sale: Now
Under the direction of Laura Hedges 270-862-3924.

March 23

March 23, 2023
HCS Event: Central Hardin High School Band Festival Preview Band Concert.
Thursday March 23, 7 PM.
Tickets: $.
Tickets On Sale:
Under the direction of Trevor Ervin 270-737-6800.

March 25

March 25, 2023
Third-Party Event: TyeGood Productions presents FOR NIKKI’S LOVE.
Saturday March 25, 7 PM
Tickets: $35, VIP $50 (including fees),
Tickets on Sale: Now.
Under the direction of Tyrone Goodman 502- 296-2267.

March 26

March 26, 2023
Third-Party Event: Heartland Winds Concert.
Sunday March 26, 3 PM.
Tickets: FREE.
Tickets on sale: February 26.
Under the direction of Mike Pawul.

March 27 – 29

March 27-29, 2023
Third-Party Event: Kentucky Music Educators Association Band Adjudication Festival.
Times to be determined.
Schedule available through

In Review – January 2023

On January 14, 42 area youth (40 HCS students and 2 Non-HCS students) participated in the first of three winter workshops presented by Youth Theatre of Hardin County in preparation for their summer musical production of OKLAHOMA.

On January 27, 28, 29, The PAC PRESENTED the ProAm Winter Classical Thornton Wilder’s THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH. The production cast and crew consisted of 20 Adults (5 HCS staff) 12 Students (10 HCS, 2 Non-HCS), 8 Professionals, 24 Amateurs and was performed before audiences totaling 273 including 29 HCS drama students admitted for free.


Total Served in JANUARY: 79 HCS Students, 4 Non-HCS Students, 90 Adults, and 273 Audience Members.

Total Served Year to Date: 8,501 HCS Students, 2,265 Non-HCS Students, 4,801 Adults, and 11,812 Public Audience Members.