Risk/Reward was founded under the umbrella of Hand2Mouth Theatre, whose instrumental support allowed us to grow our primary programs, audience, media coverage, artist relations and earned income gradually over our first five years. Being part of an artist collective that self-produces and tours new work made a big impact on the values of our organization and our ability to understand both the needs of our audiences and the artists we present.
Risk/Reward is currently building an organizational Steering Committee to create and implement a three-year Capacity Building campaign that includes: finalizing an interim fiscal sponsor agreement, developing a new website, expanding year-round programming, developing a founding Board of Directors, securing permanent office space, and obtaining 501(c)3 status. 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kate Bredeson, Wayne Bund, Alex Huebsch, Bree Tischleder, Jerry Tischleder, Sean Whitehead
PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - JERRY TISCHLEDER
Jerry is an actor, producer, arts administrator, and performance curator working in Portland, Oregon.
Under Jerry's leadership, Risk/Reward has featured over 45 artist groups in the annual Festival of New Performance and has presented evening-length works by national artists, including Portland premieres by Justin Bond (NYC), Witness Relocation (NYC), Helsinki Syndrome (Seattle), The Carpetbag Brigade (San Francisco) and more.
Jerry is a graduate of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University and was a member of the inaugural class. ICPP is the nation's first-ever post-graduate program focused on curation of contemporary performance. Through the ICPP program, he deepened his curatorial knowledge with an emphasis on contextualizing artistic process, nurturing artistic practice and understanding the needs of partners, audiences, and other key stake holders. 
Jerry is a founding Steering Committee member for the Portland Emerging Arts Leaders (PEAL), a resource for emerging arts administrators and artistic professionals, providing networking, professional development, dialogue and engagement among young professionals in the arts and culture community in the Portland Metro area.
Jerry has been an active company member and performer with Hand2Mouth Theatre since 2006 and leads the theatre's national and international touring programs. With Hand2Mouth, he has helped create 8 original productions and the company has toured across 4 countries and 40 communities including engagements at La Mama (NYC), On the Boards (Seattle) UNAM (Mexico City), PICA’s TBA Festival (Portland), PuSh Festival (Vancouver, BC), Myrna Loy Center (Helena, MT), Dell’Arte International (CA), CounterPULSE (SF), Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle), Ontological Incubator (NYC), New Orleans Fringe Fest (LA) and more. He has served as a member of Hand2Mouth’s board of directors since 2011.

Risk/Reward was founded by Jerry Tischleder under the umbrella of Hand2Mouth Theatre, whose instrumental support allowed us to grow our primary programs, audience, media coverage, artist relations and earned income gradually over our first five years.  Since July 2012, we've operated as an independent organization. Being part of an artist collective that self-produces and tours new work made a big impact on the values of our organization and our ability to understand both the needs of our audiences and the artists we present.

Risk/Reward is a Company in Residence at Artists Repertory Theatre, who provides a host of services and personnel for our operations including performance space, box office services, house management and more. Being imbedded in this artistic home allows us to focus our energies primarily on producing unconventional artistic events.

We've just concluded a three-year Capacity Building initiative that included: unveiling a new website, finalizing an interim fiscal sponsor agreement, inaugurating a founding Board of Directors, obtaining 501(c)3 status, launching an individual giving program, kicking off a short-term fundraising campaign, and expanding our artistic programs throughout the year.  We are currently tackling an 18-month strategic planning process to further refine how awesome we can be to our artists and audiences. 

STAFF

Jerry Tischleder - Producing Artistic Director

Katie Watkins - Festival Director

Liam Kaas-Lentz - Production Manager 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kate Bredeson

Wayne Bund

Alex Huebsch

Bree Tischleder

Jerry Tischleder

Sean Whitehead