The cornerstone of our programming is the "Cabaret" formula Patrick Scully started 30 years ago in 1986: multiple artists under a shared bill presenting new and experimental work. Each show, typically consisting of six acts by independent artists, is designed to offer a mix of artistic disciplines, experience levels, and creative viewpoints. There are three types of Cabarets:

  1. Concept Cabarets - These Cabarets respond to a general idea or theme. While you don’t have to create new work specifically from that concept, you do need to demonstrate how you and/or your work fits within its framework - we’re easily convinced! Anyone may apply to participate, and selections are made by Patrick’s Cabaret’s Performing Arts Curator to find the right mix of artists and disciplines. Check out the current Call for Performers and tell us about how you could interpret the theme in an upcoming Concept Cabaret.

  2. Open Call Cabarets - Open Call Cabarets provide an accessible platform for performing artists to share their work. Emerging artists of any genre or discipline, and established artists who would like to explore a new part of their practice or share new work, are especially encouraged to apply. No thematic constraints, but acts are chosen that will provide a variety of experiences at a given event. Check out the current Call for Performers and tell us about you and what you’d like to share in an Open Call Cabaret.

  3. Guest Curated Cabarets - Throughout the year, we engage Guest Curators and help them produce their own Cabaret shows. They each select their own line-up of artists and promote and host the show. The Performing Arts Curator selects Guest Curators in six-month blocks through an open call, available in the fall and spring of each year. More information and Guest Curator applications are made available on the Call for Performers page under Upcoming Opportunities. If you would like to be added to an email list to hear about future calls for Curators, please email


The Calof Series

The Calof Series pairs two Spoken Word/Storytelling artists with two Singer/Songwriters for an evening of intimate and exploratory performance in our cozy Lobby Lounge. Combining the informality of a coffeeshop open mic with the co-creative opportunity of a peer writing group, Calof events are designed to give performing artists a chance to share new works-in-progress and blur the line between audience and creator. The Calof Series is curated by invitation, but you are much more likely to be invited if you participate in other parts of our programming first, so check out our Call for Performers to see how you can get involved with Patrick's Cabaret. If you have performed in the past, connect with Scott to indicate your interest in participating.