2020 Festival of New Performance

June 19, 2020
June 19-20 @ 7:30, June 21 @ 5pm |

 Apply Now  |  Portland Center Stage 

| 128 NW 11th Ave

The Risk/Reward Festival showcases five new works by indie performing artists from across the region. Come celebrate our 13th year blurring the boundaries of theater, music, dance, and performance art in new and surprising ways.

Applications are NOW OPEN for our 2020 Festival!

Click here to apply

 

What is the Risk/Reward Festival?

Each day the festival includes the same five new works, performed back-to-back over a 2-hour extravaganza with short breaks and one intermission. 

We solicit proposals from regional artists for new works that can be performed in less than 20-minutes. A panel of local artists and tastemakers select a lineup and we challenge the artists to run wild – encouraging creative risks, experimentation and bold investigation. No one really knows what to expect until opening night. Several performances are staged back-to-back nightly in a festive environment. Audiences come to sample a variety of artistic voices and art forms in what the Willamette Week calls, “speed dating for contemporary performance.”

Thanks to our festival sponsors!

 

The Risk/Reward Festival is dedicated to the presentation of new performance and preference is given to works that are currently in development or that have not been produced fully in the past. Risk/Reward addresses some of the most pressing needs of local artists and audiences by providing a platform for artists to present new work while introducing Portland audiences to artists from across the west coast.

The festival’s major goals are:

  • To provide a supportive environment for artists to present new work with full technical, administrative and marketing assistance.
  • To introduce audiences to new artists and forms.
  • To provide a place for artists and audiences to mingle and connect over a shared artistic experience.
  • To promote creative experimentation in the performing arts

Want to participate in the Risk/Reward Festival?

We typically accept applications between December-February annually. You can reference the 2020 application HERE. To stay up-to-date on our next call for submissions, sign up for our mailing list.