Welcome the Next Artistic Director at Mixed Blood Mark Valdez! back and Congratulations Mark!


Mark Valdez is an artist and cultural organizer with two decades of using theater and creative tools to address community needs and to lift up community voices and stories. Mark began his practice as the Associate Artistic Director for Cornerstone Theater Company, a Los Angeles-based ensemble creating plays in/with/for communities there and across the nation. He was also the Executive Director of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), a national community of artists and organizations committed to collaborative creation. In addition to establishing new funding programs for artists aimed to encourage collaborations and build community between artists, Mark launched the MicroFest USA initiative, hyper-local events that explore the value and impact of the arts and artists to communities. He has worked with an incredible list of organizations and has received multiple awards and honors including the 2019 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities.

His work has been supported by ArtPlace America, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Wallace Fund, APAP, the Mellon Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, the Irvine Foundation, and many others.  This will not be Mark’s first experience with being an AD. He has been the Acting Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater wherein one season he implemented a new four-week Institute program for on-site collaborations in rural communities and oversaw all artistic programming, including season selection. 

Mark has been in community with Mixed Blood for more than ten years. He was Acting Artistic Director/Producer in 2011 & 2015 while Jack Reuler was away for outside projects. He managed and worked with staff and regular operations and oversaw production. He has also been an Artist-in-Residence here. Mark has developed a “Good Neighbor Framework” to articulate and assess work and intentions with the community. Additionally, Mark helped design and implement Project 154, a collaboration with local health providers to use story and personal narrative as a means to improve health outcomes and patient advocacy in Cedar Riverside.

For more about Mark and the transition process go here

Mark’s Work at Mixed Blood Theatre

 Upcoming Leadership Transition Moments

MARCH | Jack & Guest – A Zealous Hellions Conversation

Don’t miss Jack sitting down with a special guest for his 2nd to last Zealous Hellion interview. The March event date is t.b.d and will take place over Zoom.

APRIL | Jack & Mark – A Zealous Hellions Conversation

Jack and Mark will take over our last Zealous Hellions event of this season with a lively and behind-the-curtain analysis of the theatre’s past, present, and future. The April event date is t.b.d. and will take place over Zoom.