Now accepting proposals for 2019

In 2009, Ripple Productions created Café Nordo with the goal of reinventing the theatrical experience into one that was immersive, daring, and most importantly integrated food and service. Over five years we produced seven original productions that incorporated the history, mythology, politics and science of food and paired them with five course meals designed to help tell the story. Due to the success of these productions, we were able to open Nordo’s Culinarium, a venue dedicated to the intersection of food and art, in April of 2015. Since opening we have looked for innovative ways of providing opportunities to emerging artists. In 2016 we launched the Pressure Cooker New Works Series.  

THE PRESSURE COOKER is a new works program that exists to give emerging local artists the opportunity to take risks in the Café Nordo playground with a limited budget and time constraints. The Pressure Cooker invests in the innovation of writers, directors, and designers cultivating new work that bends the genres of dinner theatre and performance, and pushes the limits of experimental theatre. We provide rehearsal time, feedback sessions, stage construction aid, marketing, menu development, and one week of unfettered access to Nordo’s Culinarium and staff for tech and performances. Submit your application to


  • Rehearsal period is June - July of 2019

  • Load In is August 12th

  • Tech Weekend Aug 17th-18th

  • The Pressure cooker runs Aug 22nd -26th



  1. We want original work. If the meat of the material is not original, please have a very innovative and dynamic reason to put it in a food theater setting. Devised pieces are welcome, but we ask that you include information about your development process.

  2. Food is an absolutely necessary element. We are committed to integrating food and theater, and food should not be an afterthought in your proposal. If the concept could work just as well in a black-box theater without food, then Nordo is not the place for it.

  3. The audience MUST have a “role” and exist in the world of the play. Nordo is committed to creating immersive and transformative experiences for audiences, and it is one of our goals that every show involves the audience in a new and exciting way.

  4. A live music component is preferred. We would love to work with you to find musicians, but we are passionate about incorporating music into our shows.

  5. We have a small production budget. The TOTAL design budget (set, costumes, lights, sound, props) for the Pressure Cooker is $1000, so we are looking for projects and creators who know how to make spectacle theatre on a budget. Nordo provides rehearsal space, high quality equipment, support for construction and tech, and a production manager

  6. Everyone receives a small stipend. Every artist involved in the Pressure Cooker will receive a stipend of $100. Playwright royalties are $200. Performers will also receive a portion of service tips during performance and stage managers will be paid hourly for performances.  

  7. We are interested in supporting local work. We are largely interested in supported artists who work in the Seattle Theatre community.

Banner Image: Joe Iano | Pressure Cooker 2017, Please Open Your Mouth