Zealous Hellions

Conversations with Rebels, Renegades, and Rascals

Our Zealous Hellions series has moved online. Stay tuned for details of our upcoming conversation. Full archival videos are available to Mixed Blood members. Email khamara@mixedblood.com for more info.

Mark Valdez & Jack Reuler

Mark & Jack are sitting down at the firehouse on Wednesday, June 22nd for a conversation at 7 PM Central Time. They will be discussing the past and the future of the theatre.

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An image of Mark Valdez and Jack Reuler, smiling side by side. It is tinted with a red filter with the Zealous Hellion Logo at the right corner of the image

Nur-D (a.k.a Matt Allen) 

Nur-D is joining us on December 14th for a conversation with Joetta Wright. Nur-D is a hip-hop artist who has performed all over the nation including playing Paisley Park, First Avenue, and US Bank Stadium. And he has toured with Brother Ali and has appeared on bills with the likes of Jaden Smith, Tyler the Creator, and Wu-Tang Clan. Joetta Wright is an actor, voiceover artist, singer, host, and educator located in the Twin Cities. Joetta has also worked nationally and internationally.

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Zealous Hellions poster with NUR-D


Nekima Levy Armstrong is joining us on November 30th for a conversation with John Gebretatose. Nekima is a civil rights attorney, activist, national expert on racial justice, former law professor, and legal scholar. Nekima is the Executive Director of the Wayfinder Foundation and is also the founder of the Racial Justice Network organization. John is a performing artist, an instructor, and Director of Diversity & Inclusion at HUGE Improv Theater.

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Please note that our Zealous Hellion conversation with Taylor Mac originally planned for Tuesday, August 10 has been postponed. We look forward to creating an opportunity for folks to experience his artistic energy, vision, and inspiration at a future date this season.


A discussion on state of the American theater, race and the American theater, the future of the American theater, and the damages of systemic racism and white supremacy with Seena Hodges and Nataki Garrett.


Aditi spent 25 years at Mixed Blood as actor, writer, director, and administrator while Andrew penned Mixed Blood’s most ambitious piece at the time – 2014’s Colossal. Andrew Hinderaker went on to produce the Netflix series Away and brought in Aditi as a staff writer. As well as discussing their respective careers, they discussed remote writing rooms to complete a television series during COVID and life in the theater.


Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon joined us on September 10th for a conversation with Jamil Jude, the Artistic Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company of Atlanta. Together they spoke about Kenny’s illustrious career, race in American theatre, and why they are radically optimistic about the future of our field.


One week before the election, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Emma Greenman (a voting rights attorney and candidate for MN House Seat 63-B) joined us for a conversation all about voting. They addressed misinformation and misconceptions that are being spread, and spoke passionately about how each of us can get involved in helping to restore our democracy whether we’re a voting rights attorney or not.

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