Patrick’s Cabaret was a queer-led performance art incubator supporting the growth and development of artists on the edge of culture from 1986-2018.


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

Why we existed

  • 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 was to support artists who are doing challenging, experimental, subversive and community-driven work that might not otherwise find a home.

What we offer

Note: Patrick's Cabaret formally sunset in June of 2018 and no longer offers programming; this list is archival.

Cabaret events

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


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