Since mid-2020, KCRep has engaged in a deliberate, strategic and heart-expanding process of educating and involving our board and staff in the important work of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA). This work has had a profound impact on us personally and on our organization and we are excited to engage our broader community. There is significant work to be done as we make changes now and build a long-term culture of belonging and anti-racism for us at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. We are committed to being part of the solution that advances equity and creates a more inclusive KCRep and American Theatre, and we invite you all to join us in this on-going evolution.


Ongoing Work

We plan to share updates on a regular basis so please check back for new developments, starting with the links below. And as always, please feel free to connect with us regarding our work at any time. We are eager to join in conversations surrounding this journey to create a more equitable organization.
Updates: June 17, 2021
Updates: April 12, 2021
A Letter to The Ground We Stand On Collective

Our IDEA Framework

Public Statements Supporting IDEA Work

As a live professional theatre, KCRep believes that theatre is for everyone. We believe that KCRep is your theatre and we strive to create an inclusive, diverse, equitable and anti-racist theatre. From time to time, KCRep will issue statements related to areas that we believe foster a more inclusive environment. You will find our previous statements by clicking here.


Land Acknowledgement

Learn more about our land acknowledgement
I ask you to please draw your awareness to your principal relationship with the Earth and if possible making direct contact. I open with the acknowledgement that the land in which we are currently located is occupied territories. On the traditional land and the ancestral home of Native Americans, Indigenous, and First Nations people I ask you to join me in acknowledging the 98 tribal groups from our area including, the Kickapoo, Kaw, Osage, Otos, Missouri, Pottawatomie, Sioux, Shawnee, and Wyandot tribes. We honor the elders both the past and the present. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn the stories of these people as well as how to be better stewards of the land that we inhabit. Thank you.

Meet our IDEA Staff and Board Committee Chairs

KCRep acknowledges that systemic change requires action with both the board and staff. We created two IDEA committees to work in concert with each other on changes to policies, practices and recruiting that will impact our IDEA goals with both board and staff. These individuals are leaders who are passionate about IDEA work and impacting lasting change.

IDEA Committee Charge
To identify barriers and change practice and policies to create a KCRep culture of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism.

KCRep IDEA Commitment Statement
KCRep values Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism in all we do.

  • We operate from a place of courage and curiosity to bring about an equitable environment and sense of belonging for everyone in every aspect of our theater.
  • We foster empathy and understanding and believe in opportunity and justice for all.


Board IDEA Committee Chairs
Bunni Copaken
Chris Hernandez

Staff IDEA Committee Chairs

April Brewer
Andrew Cotlar


Ways to Get Involved

Please feel free to connect with us regarding our work at any time, we are eager to join in conversations surrounding this journey to create a more equitable organization. We can be reached at

Thank you to our partners at Sophic Solutions for their leadership. Learn more about them here