Renee's Queer Cabaret 4: The Island of Misfit Queers
December 17, 2019 - Tuesday at 7:30pm

RENÉE’S QUEER CABARET is a live stage performance that defies the traditional cabaret with rock music and a focus on the intimate humor, joys and vulnerabilities of living on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.

CLOWN DOWN: Failed to Mount
November 14-17, 2019 - Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 5pm

CLOWN DOWN tackles anxiety, depression, artistic block, and your favorite everyday traumas in a warped tribute to Mister Rogers and absurdist theatre.

Looking for Tiger Lily (solo)
September 12-14, 2019 - 6:30pm

Starring past Risk/Reward artist Anthony Hudson // Carla Rossi, who put a queer spin on the ancestral art of storytelling. Part of PICA's 2019 TBA Festival.

Variety Culture: Curator & Artist Mixer
October 7, 2019 - 6:30-8:30pm

Portland variety show hosts Dahlia Kash (Mélange), Belinda Carroll (Outlandish), Meg Nanna & Jess Green (Fused Creative), and Renée Muzquiz (Renée's Queer Cabaret) share their vision and talk curation, promotion and production.


Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
June 28-30, 2019 - Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 5:00pm

Our 12th annual festival of new performance showcases new works by visionary performing artists from across the region.


Renee's Queer Cabaret
June 3, 2019 - Mon at 7:30pm

The third installment of our resistance variety show featuring drag, burlesque, storytelling, music, and more. This show's theme is B-Movie favorite "Not of This Earth."


Gallery 114: InkBodySkinPaint+Fire live performance
March 7, 2019 - 6:30pm

Risk/Reward and Gallery 114 collaborate on a live performance during the opening reception and First Thursday of David Slader and Owen Carey's show "InkBodySkinPaint+Fire."


Clock That Mug or Dusted
October 20, 2018 at 8pm

Beloved drag/dance femme icon Cherdonna returns to Portland with a show that draws on vintage feminist ideals to find out what queer/drag feminine means today.


Renée's Queer Cabaret
October 20, 2018 at 10pm

The second in a series of themed "resistance variety shows" hosted by Rockstar and B Movie Actress Renée Muzquiz. October's theme? "Night of the Living Dead"


Awaiting Oblivion...
September 14-16, 2018

2015 Risk/Reward Festival artists Tim Smith-Stewart and Jeffrey Azevedo premiere their full-length work in Portland.


Renée's Queer Cabaret
August 30, 2018

The first in a series of themed "resistance variety shows" hosted by musician and B Movie actress Renée Muzquiz. 


Pavement: A Festival of Pop-Up Performances in Public Places
August 2, 2018

Risk/Reward's first foray into the outdoors with pop-up performances in the Pearl, coinciding with First Thursday's art walks.

2018 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
June 29-July 1, 2018

The 2018 Risk/Reward Festival showcases new works by visionary performing artists from across the region.

Strong Female Protagonist
February 23-25 & March 2-4, 2018

Strong Female Protagonist is a comedic, queer solo performance that prioritizes the power of femininity and sass. 

Performing Artists Summit
A Fertile Ground Festival Event
Jan 27, 2018

Risk/Reward hosts this gathering of Portland’s independent theatre, dance and hybrid art-makers. Come together to help survey the field and discuss...

2017 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
June 23-25, 2017

Featuring Linda Austin Dance, Queen Shmooquan, Pam Tzeng, Pepper Pepper, Shannon Stewart/Donal Mosher, Kiana Harris... 

Marcus Youssef & James Long

Mar 24-26, 2017

Winners and Losers is a staged conversation that embraces the ruthless logic of capitalism...

2017 New Work Preview
A Fertile Ground Festival Event
Jan 23, 2017

Featuring Holcombe Waller, David Ornette Cherry, Nancy Ellis, Noah Dunham, Danielle Ross, Donal Mosher and Jack Stocklyn...

2016 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
June 17-19, 2016

Featuring Vanessa Goodman / Action at a Distance, Anthony Hudson / Carla Rossi, Milton Lim / Hong Kong Exile, SNKR, ilvs strauss... 

neworks by the most exciting contemporary voices in music, theater
and dance from across the region.

Cherdonna Sinatra

Apr 29 - May 1, 2016

A one-of-a-kind dance spectacular by Seattle’s favorite drag-clown-dance artist....

2016 New Work Preview
A Fertile Ground Festival Event
Jan 26, 2016

Featuring Tahni Holt, Sascha Blocker, Faith Helma, Anthony Hudson (aka Carla Rossi), Grace Carter, Action/Adventure Theater and Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble...

Suniti Dernovsek

Dec 3-6, 2015

A haunting meditation on public expectations, private vulnerabilities, and the precariousness of the feminine ideal. Featuring Suniti Dernovsek, Holland Andrews, Allie Hankins...

2015 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
July 10-12 & 17-19, 2015

Featuring: Markeith Wiley, Faith Helma, Nancy Ellis, Éowyn Emerald & Dancers, Dani Tirrell, Katie Piatt, Tim Smith-Stewart, Jessica Jobaris & General Magic...

neworks by the most exciting contemporary voices in music, theater
and dance from across the region.

New Work Preview - 2015
A Fertile Ground Festival Event
Jan 26, 2015

Featuring Linda Austin, Tracy Broyles, Katie Watkins, opticnoodle, PETE, Katherine Longstreth, Fuse Theatre Ensemble, Push Leg, Pepper Pepper and Wayne Bund...

ON DEMAND: Frédérick Gravel

Dec 5-6, 2014

Join us for a year-end celebration and special video screening of this one-of-a-kind dance/music/performance mashup by Montreal-based artist Frédérick Gravel and his hot-blooded team of dancers/musicians...

Allie Hankins

Oct 24-26, 2014

A correspondence between chroeographer Allie Hankins and Ballet Russes danseur noble Vaslav Nijinsky...

2014 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
Jun 20-22, 2014

Featuring: Laura Heit, Ilvs Strauss, The Neutral Fembot Project,
Erin Pike, Lucy Lee Yim, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble...

Kill All Festivals
May 2, 2014 - 6-10pm

KILL ALL FESTIVALS is a consortium of summer festivals that come together for a unique event of live performances, line up announcements, film, music, animation, prizes, pizza, beer and more...

Kyle Loven
Mar 7-9, 2014

Part installation, part image-driven theater, Loss Machine unearths a world of lost items, misplaced thoughts, and fractured journeys all housed within an intricately detailed set...

New Work Preview - 2014
A Fertile Ground Festival Event
Jan 27, 2014

Featuring Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble, Troika Ranch, Alicia Jo Rabins, Hand2Mouth, Allie Hankins, Kaj-anne Pepper, Danielle Ross, PushLeg, Action/Adventure, and Fuse Theatre Ensemble...

2013 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
June 21-23, 2013

Featuring AJA, Wayne Bund, Shannon Stewart, Josh Martin (605 Collective), LanceLife, the Satori Group...

Kill All Festivals
May 10, 2013 - 7-10pm

KILL ALL FESTIVALS is a collaborative event between the Experimental Film Festival, Creative Music Guild (hosts of the Improvisation Summit of Portland), Northwest Animation Festival, and the Risk/Reward Festival...

Making Sense of New Performance
A Fertile Ground Festival Event
Jan 27, 2013

New creations and world premieres are all the rage in the performance community. This event gathers local dramaturgs, playwrights, ensembles, producers and audience members to discuss the creation and evolution of new work...

Sep 09, 2012

A forum for creators from the Northwest to introduce new and upcoming projects to an audience of international artists, curators, producers, presenters, and programmers...

2012 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
Jun 23 & 24, 2012

Featuring Tracy Broyles, Corrie Befort, Pappas and Dancers, DECEPTiCONS, Queen Shmooquan, Hand2Mouth, Cat Main & Jamie Nesbitt...

2011 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
Jun 25 & 26, 2011

Featuring bobbevy, Jessica Jobaris and general magic, Part & Parcel, Kyle Loven, People Person, Portland Experimental Theatre Lab, Zac Nelson & Stephanie Simek...

2010 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
Jun 19, 2010

Featuring The Cherdonna & Lou Show, Oslund + Co, Katherine Longstreth, Erin Leddy, Angela Fair, Paul Budraitis directed by Sean Ryan, Hand2Mouth, Mike Pham...

Witness Relocation
Sep 07, 2009

NYC performance company Witness Relocation comes to Portland for a one night showing of their newest piece, THE PANIC SHOW. Dubbed, "A dance-theater anarchist's Utopia" by Performing Arts Journal, Witness Relocation combines dance & theater ....

2009 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
Jun 27, 2009

Featuring Hot Little Hands, Linda Austin, Janet Pants, Angela Fair, Joe von Appen, Hooliganship, Byron Au Yong, Rush-N-Disco...

Justin Bond
Mar 25, 2009

Justin Bond, star of John Cameron Mitchell's 'Shortbus', 2009 nominee for the GLAAD Awards and one half of Tony nominated performance due Kiki and Herb, began writing songs while straddling a log on a mountain in Tennessee on Mayday of last year ...

2008 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
Jun 27 & 28, 2008

Featuring Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner, LizZieMoVeS Co., Kyoko Uchida, Rush-N-Disco, Marya Sea Kaminski, Faith Helma, Joe von Appen, Fever Theater, Helsinki Syndrome, Oracle, Iretsu, Atole, Polka Madre / Jack "Yankl" Falk, DJ Browkenwindow...