Mixed Blood Theatre

Disability
Liaison & Council

 

Liaison
Claire Forrest
claire@mixedblood.com

Advisory Council

Tim Benjamin
Access Press

Pam Carlson
ARC Greater Twin Cities

Tom Cosgrove
Bloomington Public Schools

Amanda Lee Genaro
Disability Advocate/ Consultant

Rob Ley
Mind Body Solutions

Ric Perdue
Retired

Pat Pulice
Fraser Community Services

Elizabeth Reeve
Health Partners

Caiden Riley
Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Ken Rodgers
MN DOT

Carlos Vazquez
Minnesota Department of Revenue

 



Partner Organizations

Autism Society of America

Upstream Arts, enhancing the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education.

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Disability Visibility

An initiative focused on improving the relationship between American theatre and disabiity

In an effort to improve the relationship between American theatre and disability, Mixed Blood solicited 40 theatre professionals to share plays that they feel best speak to disability in two ways: plays with theme or content on disability and/or plays with characters with disabilities. Over half of those polled self-identify as people with disabilities. In addition, medical and disability specialists were consulted and provided extensive categorization of professionally recognized disabilities that were crystalized to fewer, broader umbrellas. 


Mixed Blood staff read every nominated play, and subsequently Mixed Blood’s Artistic Director Jack Reuler, with the assistance of Playwright-In-Residence Aditi Brennan Kapil, curated a select list of scripts for consideration by artistic directors, producers, and decision-makers. $5000 has been awarded to three professional theatres that have committed to produce one of these plays with the proviso that theatre artists with disabilities be employed in roles of characters with disabilities: San Francisco Playhouse for its production of Colossal by Andrew Hinderaker (March, 2016), Theatre Alliance (DC) for its production of Good Dancer by Emily Chadick (May, 2016), and Park Square Theater for its production of Love Person by Aditi Brennan Kapil (March, 2016).

Disability Visibility is made possible by TCG’s A-Ha program with funds from the MetLife Foundation.

 

 
DISABILITY VISIBILITY
 
ELIGIBLE PLAYS BY & ABOUT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
 
 
 
AN ACCIDENT by Lydia Stryk (Physical– Spinal Cord Injury)
 
BLUR by Melanie Marnich (Blind/Vision Impaired)
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Andrew Hinderaker (Physical– Spinal Cord Injury)
 
DISTRACTED by Lisa Loomer (ADHD)
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Emily Chadick Weiss (Physical- Cerebral Palsy)
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Mike Ervin (Blind/Deaf, Physical, Invisible)
 
LOVE PERSON by Aditi Brennan Kapil (Deaf)
 
PEELING by Kaite O’Reilly (Deaf, Physical, Invisible)
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Julie Marie Myatt (Physical- Cerebral Palsy)
 
SOOT AND SPIT by Charles Mee (Deaf, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome)
 
SWEET NOTHING IN MY EAR by Stephen Sachs (Deaf)
 
CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD by Mark Medoff (Deaf)
 
FIFTH OF JULY by Lanford Wilson (Physical)
 
NEXT TO NORMAL by Kitt/Yorkey (Mental Health)
 
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR by Tom Griffin (Developmental, Mental Health)
 
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN by Martin McDonagh (Physical- Cerebral Palsy)
 
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME by Simon Stephens (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
 
THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer (Physical)
 
GRETTY GOOD TIME by John Belluso (Physical)
 
PYRETOWN by John Belluso (Physical)
 
THE BODY OF BOURNE by John Belluso (Physical)
 
THE RULES OF CHARITY by John Belluso (Physical- Cerebral Palsy)