Programming

Mission

Patrick’s Cabaret is a queer-led performance art incubator supporting the growth and development of artists on the edge of culture.

Vision

Our work strives to center artists of color, with disabilities, and with queer and trans identities. We grow new art and new artists by encouraging artists of all experience levels to try new things, take risks, and present works-in-progress. We connect artists to education, performance platforms, tangible resources, and to each other, to put their talents to work. We build a diverse network of artists committed to forwarding a radically inclusive and progressive creative community where artists on the margins can thrive.

Why we exist

  • We believe artists are critical agents for broad community change.

  • We believe queer identity is a lens through which we fight for justice and liberation for all marginalized communities.

  • We believe our role in the Twin Cities arts ecology is to support artists who are doing challenging, experimental, subversive and community-driven work that might not otherwise find a home.

What we offer

Cabaret events

Professional performance events featuring multiple artists under a shared bill presenting their own short-form work, including training and mentorship on promotion

Curatorships 

Artists are selected to produce their own Cabaret event, supporting the growth and development of emerging and experienced creative community builders

Raw Material 

Artists present new works-in-progress, engage in an on-stage interview about their process, and participate in a critical conversation with the audience

Artist Education & Services 

A range of services from documentation, fiscal sponsorship, 1-on-1 career counseling, peer-led professional development trainings, and mentorships focused on making a life as an artist on the edge of culture

Teaching Artist Residencies 

Customized workshops and residencies, staffed from the Cabaret’s artist network, to help health/human service organizations empower their members to find and hone their creative voices