Mixed Blood is seeking a full-time Artistic Director to succeed the founding director and lead the organization into its next iteration. An ideal candidate will possess knowledge and experience in leading a performing arts organization, a deep commitment to social justice and an understanding of Radical Hospitality, an exceptional capacity for strategic direction, and willingness for on-the-ground action. Mixed Blood is a national leader among arts organizations committed to social change, therefore a solid grounding in racial equity and social justice and a sophisticated approach to community engagement and partnership are a must. The Artistic Director will collaborate with the board of directors, staff of five and artists both local and national to promote Mixed Blood’s mission and vision.



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


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


Mixed Blood’s strategic plan identifies three overarching strategic directions for the next three years of the organization:

  • Transforming the Artistic Work
  • Moving from being a producing theatre to a progressive organization that uses theatre as its delivery system to catalyze social justice and effect social change.
  • Supporting the Organization
  • Moving from organically-developed processes to clear systems to generate revenue, support partnerships, tell our story, and activate our beautiful historic Firehouse
  • Transitioning to New Leadership
  • Moving from a founder-led organization to the next generation, in ways that honor the accomplishments of the past and seed a glorious future

The core of Mixed Blood’s work is Radical Hospitality: reciprocal storytelling and genuine engagement. We want to be part of your story, and we want to work with you to create a more just world. Together, we will spawn ripple effects of social change.

Mixed Blood wants to make theatre essential – inserting art into social equations so that social equations are not solvable without art. We are a delivery system for ideas and experiences that empower individuals to take action. This is art with a purpose, taking place in a context of our neighborhood, our country, and our planet.

We are building community by listening deeply, and responding artistically over long periods of time. We’re patient, caring and imaginative as we transform from a culture of judgment to one of compassion.

Mixed Blood maintains an historic firehouse as its primary facility, while working in partnership with many other venues and neighborhoods to create new works of performance. It has an annual budget of $1,200,000. Additionally, it maintains an operating reserve, a line of credit, a mortgage on its building, an equity loan, and it capitalizes depreciation.

As we seek a new executive and artistic leader, we’re looking for a person who:

  • Embraces Radical Hospitality as a way of working
  • Understands the role of the arts, and the venue, as a catalyst for change
  • Is skilled in building long-term relationships with communities and artists
  • Can create and develop projects that fulfill Mixed Blood’s mission
  • Knows how to generate resources that support the organization and its partners
  • Wants to lead by listening and learning with many different people
  • Holds high artistic standards and knows how to welcome everyone into engagement with the work



Leadership: Lead by listening and learning, helping to facilitate an effective community of staff, board, artists, partners and stakeholders, with the intent to continue to build an organization that embraces Radical Hospitality and a commitment to justice.

Programming: Develop and implement mission-driven programming that aligns with strategic priorities and embodies Radical Hospitality, while aspiring to the highest professional standards in the land.

Management: Working closely with the Managing Director and Executive Committee, identify all staff positions and contractors needed to accomplish programmatic and administrative activities and oversee hiring and hiring processes.

Finance: Develop and monitor/manage balanced operating budgets, positive cash flow, financial models, and assume the staff’s fiduciary responsibility for the organization.

Planning: Identify strategic priorities for the organization and methods to accomplish these goals that align with the current strategic plan

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A proven track-record and demonstrable senior level experience managing and overseeing a non-profit, arts organization and facility with exemplary financial oversight and fundraising.

A dynamic leader with tested problem-solving abilities in all operations of a non-profit arts organization and experience to lead its staff through growth stages.

Experience in all aspects of program development, from concept to execution.

Proactive approach to modeling and expecting accountability when goals and objectives are or are not met

Relationships with national funders and an established track record of securing contributions from private, corporate, and government funding agencies and institutions.

Experience in collaboration, teambuilding, communication and conflict management skills.

An effective communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills and a motivating spirit.
Excellent oral and written skills.


Salary Range: $80,000 – $100,000

Time Commitment: This is a full-time position with benefits and paid time off. A commitment of 40 hours per week is required with the understanding that additional hours, including on weekends, may be required. Out of town business travel can be expected.


Learn More about Mixed Blood Theatre:

For more information on Mixed Blood Theatre’s strategic plan, programs, initiatives, anti-racism and anti-bias commitments, please view the Mixed Blood Theatre State of the Organization presentation.


How To Apply:
Please complete this form and upload the requested documents.
Candidates can expect timely responses to their applications.
Expected position starting date of April, 2022 with a three-month overlap with the exiting Founding Artistic Director. Relocation, if needed, to Minneapolis is required.
Position open until filled.