Mixed Blood Theatre

News + Reviews


Our 2016/17 Season is Announced!

American Theatre Magazine

Reviews are in for CHARM!

“… humanity, passion and life that practically radiate from Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of CHARM” -Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

"touching and moving"  "transcends the genre" -Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

“... a powerful story of compassion, community, and believing in people so that they'll learn to believe in themselves” -Cherry & Spoon

"... raw and heartbreaking, yet hopeful.” -One Girl Two Cities


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.

Please join us for our next upcoming Cedar Riverside event:

Friday July 8th, 5:00-7:00pm: Free Dilly Bar handout sponsored by the 38th Street Dairy Queen 

Monday July 11th, 5:30-8:00pm: Kite making workshop

Wednesday July 13th, 5:30-7:00pm: Art Day with chalk out in the Mixed Blood parking lot

Friday July 15th, 7:30-9:00pm: Poetry Slam

Saturday July 16th, 7:30-9:00pm: Movie Night

Other programs 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.

  • Be part the Cedar Riverside Advisory Committee: Volunteer to be a part of the advisory committee for Mixed Blood’s Cedar Riverside engagement activities. 

  • 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.