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Jack Reuler

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.

At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood
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At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood

December 18, 2017

Jack Reuler discusses nearly two decades of incorporating work about, for, or with people with disabilities or on issues of disability at Mixed Blood Theatre.

Colleagues, Counselors, and Confidants
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Colleagues, Counselors, and Confidants

Theatre Critics of the Twin Cities

September 18, 2016

Mixed Blood Artistic Director Jack Reuler reflects on his longstanding relationships with the theatre critics of the Twin Cities: Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Frosh Bites—Eleventy-One Nuggets for Being a Successful and Ethical Artistic Director​

February 02, 2016

February 2 marks forty years since then twenty-two-year-old Mixed Blood Artistic Director Jack Reuler sat down to write the original mission and primary objectives for Mixed Blood. Jack commemorates that founding by presenting a list of qualities and practices for successful and ethical artistic leaders.

Radical Hospitality in Conversation
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Radical Hospitality in Conversation

Mixed Blood Theatre and Pillsbury House Theatre

June 17, 2015

Mixed Blood Artistic Director Jack Reuler talks to Pillsbury House Theatre Co-Artistic Directors Faye Price and Noël Raymond about the successes and challenges of removing cost as a barrier to theatre attendance. 

Mixed Blood Theatre’s Disability Visibility Project
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Mixed Blood Theatre’s Disability Visibility Project

May 27, 2015

Aditi Brennan Kapil and Jack Reuler of Mixed Blood Theatre share the Disability Visibility project with hopes of improving the relationship between the American theatre and disability.

Aditi Kapil, Jack Reuler, and a Pack of Skittles at Mixed Blood Theatre
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Aditi Kapil, Jack Reuler, and a Pack of Skittles at Mixed Blood Theatre

August 06, 2014

Hayley Finn interviews Aditi Kapil, Mellon Playwright-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, and Jack Reuler, Mixed Blood’s Artistic Director, to discuss how their relationship has changed as a result of the residency.

Radical Hospitality
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Radical Hospitality

The Artistic Case

November 27, 2013

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?

Interview with Jack Rueler
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Interview with Jack Rueler

March 06, 2012

This interview is adapted from the version that appears in Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art. Jack Reuler of Mixed Blood Theatre talks about the new metrics of measuring the impact of theatre.

In Search of the Artistic Home
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In Search of the Artistic Home

February 15, 2012

Jamie Gahlon has asked theatre artists from around the country to talk about their personal search for an artistic home. Jack Reuler continues this series.