Jack Reuler founded the Mixed Blood Theatre Company at the age of twenty-two and has served as its Artistic Director since then. Mixed Blood promotes successful pluralism, using theatre as a vehicle for artistry, entertainment, education, and effecting social change. He is a founder and Co-President of the National New Play Network.
Theatre Communications Group presented Jack with its Peter Zeisler Award, for exemplifying pioneering practices in theatre, dedication to the freedom of expression, and for being unafraid to take risks in the advancement of the art form. He was presented with the Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also accepted Actors’ Equity’s first Rosetta LeNoire Award for “celebrating the universality of the human experience on the American stage.”
Jack was named to Esquire magazine’s first “Register of People Under Forty Who Are Changing America,” received Macalester College’s Distinguished Citizen Award, The City’s Minneapolis Award, and MCTC’s Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award.
This initial conversation between Artistic Director Jack Reuler and Playwright-in-Residence Aditi Brennan Kapil examines the artistic case for a theatre in Minneapolis to charge no admission, program ambitious new work that stretches its aesthetics, capacity, and resources, and perhaps more importantly, why this matters?