Mixed Blood Theatre founder Jack Reuler added another honor to his list last week, as he received the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award at the annual Theatre Communications Group Conference in Chicago.
The award, named for the late executive director of TCG, honors those willing to take risks in advancement of the art form and are dedicated to freedom of expression and pioneering practices in theater. All of those have been a part of Mixed Blood for the last 35 years from its West Bank home, as Reuler has commissioned and presented works from communities often underrepresented on stages.
Zeisler was a founder of the Guthrie Theater who led TCG for more than two decades, starting in the early 1970s.
“Theater has long contended that it can lead to social change,” Reuler said when he received the award. “At Mixed Blood I have witnessed live theater lead to health care reform that saves lives, influence the judicial system to ensure better justice, and to dilute the negative effects of the many isms that plague American society. This has been done measurably, quantifiably.”