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October 1, 2004

Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre To Receive Award for Anti-Racism Initiative

Mixed Blood Theatre, a professional Equity theatre in Minneapolis, will receive the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ (MCN) prestigious Mission Award in the Anti-Racism Initiative category on October 14, 2004. The MCN members selected Mixed Blood for its work in eliminating prejudice and racism in society, the company’s commitment to pluralism and inclusivity, and its unique and thought-provoking strategies to combat racism.

According to MCN, “There is no greater honor for a nonprofit organization than to be selected by one's own peers as the best representative of the principles on which these awards are based. Using an Internet-based survey, MCN members reviewed nominations online and decided based on merit, which candidates will be honored.”

Mixed Blood Theatre was founded in 1976 by Artistic Director Jack Reuler, and is dedicated to the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. Using theater as a vehicle for artistry, entertainment, education, and social change, the company presents over 500 performances annually, in the company’s historic 19th century firehouse theatre (named after Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page), as well as in schools, churches, community centers, juvenile detentions centers, and workplaces. In 1990, the company received Equity’s Rosetta LeNoire Award for its achievement in the area of non-traditional casting.

Reuler said, “Mixed Blood will be ultimately successful when it is no longer necessary. Mission drives all Mixed Blood decisions as we aspire to diminish and eliminate the many ‘isms’ that plague America. I believe that is what our peers are recognizing with this Anti-Racism Initiative Award.”

Equity Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey added: “We are delighted that the Mixed Blood Theatre is being recognized for its unique and outstanding dedication to the principles of non-traditional casting, social justice, and artistic excellence.”

For more information about the Mixed Blood Theatre, www.mixedblood.com.





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