Tickets available starting April 15, 2022| Portland Center Stage's Ellyn Bye Studio | 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
The Risk/Reward Festival showcases five new works by indie performing artists from across the region. Come celebrate our 14th year blurring the boundaries of theater, music, dance, and performance art in new and surprising ways.
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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!
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: