Mixed Blood Theatre

Cedar Riverside Neighborhood
Engagement 

 

Community Liaison
Fatima Alissa

 

Cedar Riverside
Neighborhood Engagement

Deepening our work in Cedar Riverside

 

The zip code in which Mixed Blood has resided since its 1976 inception, 55454, is the most ethnically diverse between Chicago and the West Coast. Four thousand people live on Mixed Blood's block, hailing from 63 countries and speaking 92 languages. In 2009, Mixed Blood began building relationships within the local Somali, Eritrean, and Ethiopian communities. In partnership with Bedlam Theatre, Mixed Blood has expanded and deepened its work within the Cedar Riverside community to include offering auditorium, office, and event space for individuals and organizations in the neighborhood, free admission to performances at Mixed Blood Theatre, training an acting company of young adult East Africans, and creating and producing plays by, about, for, and with the residents of the 55454 zip code.

Current opportunities include:

  • Welcoming Spaces: Mixed Blood provides free space and technical support for neighborhood-focused events that bring the community together. Mixed Blood's venue is a point of assembly for its neighbors, available without charge for meetings, performances, or gatherings of any kind organized by residents, organizations, and business owners within 55454. To request the 200-seat auditorium, 40-person rehearsal room, or small meeting space, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 612.338.7892 
  • See our plays for free: Through Radical Hospitality, admission is free on first come first served basis starting 2 hours before every show.

  • Attend the 55454 Series and events: There will be four free plays about Africans and Muslims in America starting in January 2015. There will be events and discussions for each of these plays.

  • Audition for a Mixed Blood play: Be a paid actor in one of our plays- we are currently hosting auditions for local actors. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 

  • Be part the 55454 Council: Volunteer to be a part of the advisory committee for Mixed Blood’s Cedar Riverside engagement activities. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 

  • Join the Drama Club: neighborhood teens and adults (ages 13+) are invited to join Drama Club. Drama Club is led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and held every Wednesday, from 5-6pm at the Brian Coyle Center. 

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Past Welcoming Spaces Events Include:

Somali Networking Event (Dec 2013)
Health Commons Volunteer Appreciation Event (Dec 2013)
Cedar Riverside Youth Council Meetings
Abdi Warsame Election Night Central (Nov 2013)
Images of Africa: An African Film Series presented by The Film Society of Minneapolis St Paul (Nov 2013)
Ramadan Soccer Tournament Planning Meetings
Kajoog Rehearsals
YWCA Panel On Racism (June 2013)
Cedar Riverside's Got Talent