ABOUT

MIXED BLOOD USES THEATER TO DISRUPT INJUSTICE. WE ARE A SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION CATALYZING ACTION AND CHANGE THROUGH ART. OUR WORK IS GUIDED BY DEEP COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND ROOTED IN RADICAL HOSPITALITY.

Instead of finding and sharing stories we deem topical, our guiding principle is ‘We want to be part of your story'. Through theater, we connect people and organizations to advance dialogue on an issue, inspiring civic discourse and a sustained call to action.

Radical Hospitality is core to all Mixed Blood does. We model reciprocity, inclusion, and genuine welcoming to build relationships. We seek to make theater beneficial by engaging with individuals and communities for whom theatre and the arts have not been available due to lack of resources, racism, physical accessibility, gender discrimination, or other barriers. We strive to ensure that the nature, content, and practices embedded in our work are founded in integrity and equity, and engage the breadth and depth of our many communities.

VALUES

Sharing On stage, in the audience, and in the community, Mixed Blood artists, board, and staff model people with difference coming together.

Intersectionality Mixed Blood aspires to live at the intersection of authenticity and virtuosity.

Equity Mixed Blood demands just treatment for all participants.

Transparency Mixed Blood actively shares information and encourages candor.

Audacity Mixed Blood advances its artistry and mission by constantly exploring and expanding form and content in inventive and risk-taking ways.

Mission Vision Values

MISSION

Using theatre to disrupt injustices, advance equity, and build community, Mixed Blood inspires the global village to create ripple effects of social change.

VISION

Mixed Blood collaborates and fosters partnerships in Minnesota and beyond to amplify how art drives necessary change for our shared humanity, purpose, and rights.

Plan Your Visit

Getting to Mixed Blood

Beep beep
Joining us via your four wheels? The closest car park is across the street from the Firehouse. Additionally, there is a small lot for disability parking attached to the building.

Hail Caesar
Ah, what a time to be alive with a taxi at your fingertips. Join us via Lyft, Uber or our friends at Red and White Taxi.

Remember your lines
Mixed Blood is one of the few cultural organizations within reasonable walking distance to both the Blue and Green lines. Hop off at the Cedar-Riverside stop on the Blue Line or the West Bank stop on the Green Line.

Busses: A Bakers Dozen
And not to be outdone, Mixed Blood is also within walking distance to more than 13 bus lines.

When You Arrive

When you arrive at the Firehouse, enter through the back purple door and head straight to the box office. A smiling face will be there to greet you.

Mixed Blood is physically accessible and offers ASL interpreting, audio description, assisted listening devices, and captioning for its productions. Patrons self-identifying with a disability also can get free transportation to and from Mixed Blood.

In need of a restroom? Just pop up the stairs or take a ride on the elevator–we have six all-gender restrooms waiting for you.

History

DEDICATED TO REMOVING ANY AND EVERY BARRIER WE FIND

Mixed Blood has invited the global village into its audience and onto its stage to experience its unique brand of challenging, inclusive, and predictably unpredictable theatre since 1976. The company was founded by Jack Reuler, who served as artistic director from inception to June 2022.

A winner of numerous awards for its human rights and artistic accomplishments, Mixed Blood celebrates differences and champion access. Mixed Blood achieves its mission through strategic programming at its own Alan Page Auditorium, within its Cedar Riverside neighborhood, and in off-site locations throughout the Twin Cities Metro area and the State of Minnesota.

Throughout its 48 years, Mixed Blood has been sustained by its adaptability and relationships. Programming has grown to include disability communities, immigrant and refugee populations, Minnesota Latinx, transgender and biracial Twin Citians, and the East African Muslims who reside in proximity to Mixed Blood’s converted firehouse home.

Mixed Blood Staff

Board of directors

Joseph Stanley | President
Joseph Stanley Designs, LLC

Ken Rodgers | Vice President
Minnesota Department of Transportation

Samantha King | Secretary
Travelers Insurance

Kurt Gough | Treasurer
Shelter Architecture, LLC

DJ Gramann II
Guthrie Theater

Rodolfo Gutierrez
Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER)

Daniel Le
Le Law Group

Zoey Wainberg
Weber Shandwick

Paul Whitaker
Schuler Shook

Mark Valdez 
Mixed Blood

 

FINANCIALS

2023 Funders

Government

  • Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support for Organizations
  • National Endowment for the Arts

Foundation

  • 3M
  • Elmer L & Eleanor J Andersen
  • Hugh J Andersen Foundation
  • Best Buy Foundation
  • Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Kresge Foundation
  • James B. Linsmayer Foundation
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Mayo Clinic Foundation
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Minneapolis Foundation
  • National New Play Network
  • Oak Grove Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Shavlik Family Foundation
  • Shubert Foundation
  • Svelter Foundation
  • Theatre Communications Group

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Actress Ruth Easton (née Edelstein) was born in North Branch, Minnesota and graduated from North Branch High School. She attended the University of Minnesota for one year and the following year attended Macalester College before finishing her collegiate career at Cumnock School in Los Angeles. She went on to New York where she studied acting with Oliver Morosco. Mr. Mororsco opened a stock theater company in upstate New York where Ms. Easton starred in several plays. After performing with other stock theater companies, she returned to New York City where she appeared in five Broadway plays over a period of seven years. They included Exceedingly Small, Privilege Car, Town Bay, Buckaroo, and Charlie Chan. Exceedingly Small was directed by Ethel Barrymore and Easton played opposite Eric Dressler. New York critics praised her performance as “thoroughly touching” and “highly spirited and excellent.” She starred in radio dramas on the Rudy Vallee Hour and the Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour opposite such actors as Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, and Lionel Barrymore. She also appeared with Clark Gable, Eddie Cantor, and Al Jolson during the course of her career.

Ms. Easton’s legacy, her commitment to theater and the development of new works continues through the charitable gifts made by the Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation.

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