Artist Interview: Ansa Akyea

Posted on February 16, 2012


It’s difficult to dislike Ansa Akyea. He always carries a smile, loves making people laugh (and if you’ve seen him in Crashing the Party you know he does a good job of that), and when he’s around his kids he becomes the poster-boy for “coolest dad on the planet.”

We sat down with Ansa to talk favorite activities, dream jobs, and the idea of an “artistic home.” Scroll down to get a better understanding of the man in the cop uniform.

Mixed Blood: What does Ansa like to do in his spare time?

Ansa Akyea: Ansa loves to spend time with his kids, workout, read, watch movies, and find new exciting acting projects! 

MB: In the show you play a cop. Did you ever want to be in law enforcement?

AA: Yes. Had I been born and raised here, I would have gone into the Army or Air Force. So, more military than anything.

MB: If you weren’t an actor, what would other profession would you have?

AA: I would be a personal trainer, a teacher, diplomat, professional soccer player/coach, or the president of a small island nation.

MB: There has been a lot of discussion recently about artists and their search for an “artistic home.” Do you see Mixed Blood as an artistic home? What contributes to that feeling?

AA: Yes. Mixed Blood was the first theater that hired me when I first came to Twin Cities with Take Me Out. They seem to always be doing great new work, that speaks and brings todays audiences closer to what theater should be about and look like.