Zealous Hellions

12 x 12 Artists

Brownbody and Subversive Sirens

Free Admission
April 10, 2023 7pm CT
Mixed Blood Theatre Alan Page Auditorium & Livestreamed

Mixed Blood welcomes members from two barrier-shattering performance ensembles: Suzy Messerole and Signe Harriday from the gold-medal winning synchronized swim team Subversive Sirens and Sandra Richardson and Deneane Richburg from the genre-defying performing arts company Brownbody, blending modern dance, social justice, theatre, and figure skating.

Together, these four inimitable artists will take part in a conversation about their art and their activism; their unique methods of development and performance; the joys and challenges of working in the water or on the ice; making space for folks who have traditionally been denied access to pools and ice skating rinks; and so much more!

This is also a chance to learn more about 12×12 and what the Sirens and Brownbody have planned for their performances that will celebrate the Phillips neighborhood and the city of Woodbury, respectively.

Seating for this event will be very limited, so reserve yours today!

Zealous Hellions is a project of Mixed Blood Theatre to provide our community with real-time, face-to-face conversations between artists, cultural provocateurs, politicians, and thought-leaders in an intimate setting.


Grounded in African Diasporic perspectives, Brownbody’s mission is to build artistic experiences that disrupt biased narratives and prompts audiences to engage as active participants in the journey. Brownbody accomplishes this through a blend of modern dance, theatre, social justice, and figure skating.

Subversive Sirens

The Subversive Sirens are a Minnesota-based synchronized swimming team committed to Black Liberation, Equity in Swimming, Radical Body Acceptance and Queer Visibility. Originally formed to compete at the 2018 Gay Games, the Subversive Sirens have been engaging communities & spreading their love of water for the past 6 years. Their competition hardware includes two gold & two silver medals, and they were awarded the Breaking Barriers Award from Minnesota National Girls & Women in Sports Day in 2020. Current members are Tana Hargest, Zoe Hollomon, Signe V. Harriday, Suzy Messerole, Ana Mendoza Packham & Roxanne Prichard.

12 x 12 Artists

Alison Bergblom Johnson and Bryce Burton

March 13, 2023 

Mixed Blood welcomes multidisciplinary artists Bryce Burton and Alison Bergblom Johnson in a free-wheeling conversation about body positivity, disability, queer identity and more. These two extraordinary and idiosyncratic artists will discuss art that crosses boundaries between the visual and the performative; accessibility and unapologetically owning your support needs; building a unique life around neurodivergency; and overcoming stereotypes both professional and personal.


Mixed Blood was founded as Minnesota’s first theatre dedicated to bringing people of difference together. Today, as a nationally-recognized leader for virtuosic theatre rooted in social justice, Mixed Blood’s work is as important as ever.

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