June 23, 2023

Our 15th anniversary Festival of New Performance showcasing and supporting Pacific Northwest performing artists!

June 23-24 at 7:30pm, June 25 at 5pm |

Tickets TBD

| Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center Stage | 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209


What is the Risk/Reward Festival? 

Each day the festival includes the same six 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 20-minutes or less. 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.”

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



APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW: https://forms.gle/4xY9eHokaT7ryLGG8

Deadline to apply: February 3, 2023 at midnight

Email katie@risk-reward.org with any questions about the application form, the process, why you should apply, or to set up a coffee date to learn more about Risk/Reward Festival and all our yearly activities!

Currently looking for panel members to curate this year’s festival. Involved in the arts in any way/shape/form? Email katie@risk-reward.org to see if the panel is a good fit!


Due to the popularity of our Pay-What-You-Will model —
we are making ALL TICKETS PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL for the entire festival again this year!

Thanks to our festival sponsors!

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