Mixed Blood Theatre

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, acting training for young adults, and creating and producing plays by, about, for, and with the residents of the 55454 zip code.

July 2016 Cedar Riverside events at Mixed Blood:

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

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

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

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

Saturday July 16th, 7:30-9:pm: 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.