Paprika Festival is a youth-led professional performing arts organization. We run year round professional training and mentorship programs that culminate in a performing arts festival of new work by young artists.

—We generate opportunities for young artists to lead their own creative process with the support of their peers and professional mentors.

—We set the stage for young artists to have their voices heard in a setting that is supportive and also dependent on critical response.

—We ensure that young artists are well equipped to find employment in diverse cultural industries and to become our successors.


We value barrier free access to our programs. Our programs are free-of-charge and are inclusive to peoples of all origin, faith, mobility, economic status, sexual orientation, and any other equity-seeking group. We create a space where all voices are heard and valued equally.


We aim to create a space where a diverse group of young people can work with like-minded peers, take artistic and personal risks, and meet collaborators within a safe and supportive environment. Through our mentorship-based training programs we connect participants to the larger Canadian Theatre ecology.

Artistic Development

We give youth the responsibility of being treated like professionals. Paprika gives their participants the autonomy to create new work that is their own, while giving them the tools, training and mentorship to push their artistic skills as far as they will go. We provide an opportunity for youth to be leaders, and we ensure that young artists are well equipped to find employment in diverse cultural industries and to become our successors.

Youth Leadership

We pride ourselves on being an entirely youth-run organization, focused on serving emerging artists. We strongly believe that young people are willing and able to take on leadership roles as they continue to learn and grow in their artistic work, in their careers and in their communities.

– To create opportunities for young people to connect with their peers in an authentic way in the creation of the performing arts.

– To create meaningful connections with artistic mentors who are invested in the future generation of young professionals.

– To empower young people with the confidence, artistic freedom and leadership skills necessary to grow and succeed in the arts

– To generate a supportive yet rigorous community that inspires young people to create the highest caliber of artistic work.

– To bring a generation of young leaders into our cultural industry as practitioners, social entrepreneurs and advocates for social change through art.

stratplan_webclick here to view link in a new tab