Ali Joy Richardson | Artistic Producer

ALI JOY RICHARDSON is a director, producer, and writer who’s been joyfully hustling in the Toronto theatre scene since leaving her hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Ali has made theatre in Edinburgh, Vancouver, Berlin, Halifax, Edmonton, and Toronto in museums, office buildings, basements, hospitals, cafés, art studios, defunct record shops, closed schools, kitchens, and harbours. She was part of the inaugural Paprika Director’s Lab and directed the 2016 Regent Park Collective. Ali’s recent work includes co-writing/directing a touring musical about mental health for ages 9-12, and writing/directing a chapter of ANXIETY (Theatre Yes/Outside the March), a large-scale interactive performance installation by six companies from across Canada. She has produced and collaborated on three sold-out Toronto Fringe shows and has assistant directed for Canadian Stage and Tarragon Theatre. Recent directing credits include: Get Yourself Home Skyler James and Still (Binocular Theatre), Liars at a Funeral (Truth’n’Lies Theatre), The Clean House (Alumnae Theatre), and (Paprika Festival). More about her and her work at:

Leslie McCue | General Manager

Leslie McCue is Mississauga, Ojibway from Curve Lake First Nation. Leslie is an arts administrator, artist, performer, and educator who over the years has fought for Indigenous rights by breaking stereotypes and raising cultural awareness. Her work is driven by her past, passion to educate and the motivation to empower others.

Leslie also works as the Administrative Director for Red Pepper Spectacle Arts and as a Facilitator for the Royal Ontario Museum Youth Cabinet. Recently, Leslie completed a contract as General Manager for Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, an internationally renowned contemporary dance organization that explore the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance. Leslie sits as Chair for Access Empowerment Council and sits on the Indigenous Advisory Council at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Leslie has been asked to perform and speak at many venues across North America and Europe, some highlights include: The Vancouver Winter Olympics Athletes Village and Pavilions (British Columbia), Museum of Civilization (Quebec), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Holland) and Juno Beach Museum (France).


Polly Phokeev | Artistic Programs Manager

Polly Phokeev is a writer and actor. Her critically-acclaimed play Seams was produced at the SummerWorks Festival in 2015. She is the recipient of the 2016 Safe Words New Canadian Play Award for How We Are. As an actor, selected credits include Mankind and Pride of Life (Poculi Ludique Societas: New York, Toronto and UK tours), Much Ado about Nothing and The Loyalists (Single Thread Theatre Company), and The Tempest (Hart House Theatre). Polly is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a BA in Drama. She is currently working towards her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia (optional residency).

Stephanie Caldeira | Community Arts Manager


Caldeira is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist raised in her Latin roots of Brazillian and Peruvian culture. With her intended nature to intertwine multimedia visual arts with dynamic physical movement, Stephanie aims to academically research the relationship between contemporary – urban art and music, within her visual art productions.

Stephanie has been invited to national and international urban dance events as a guest battler, performer and judge. She has worked for organizations such as the Family Channel, Ford, Luminato, Macleans, the Canadian Arts & Business Awards, the Canadian Music Awards, Gadfly and more.

Stephanie has remained active throughout the years in hosting and managing integrated urban art events, including “Blurred Minds” and “Love is Hip Hop”. Aiming to reframe and redefine the conventional standards of marginalized sectors of society.


Sabah Haque | Development Officer

Sabah Haque, a recent graduate from York University’s Devised Theatre & Playwriting program, has always lived in her imagination. It was too late in life that she realized supporting it is expensive. Instead of changing the path of her destiny, Sabah took on the dreaded and noble mission of fundraising. As Paprika Festival’s Development Officer, Sabah works to support the imaginations of Toronto’s youth and emerging artists, who will show their gratitude by offering themselves as faithful followers in her ultimate mission of world domination. Sabah would not be the artist she is today without the Paprika Festival, and she hopes her work will allow the festival to support many more generations of brilliant artists such as her colleagues, and of course, herself


Alexis Eastman | Communications Manager

Alexis  is an artist, pet owner and a proud Paprika ’09 Alum. She studied Devised Theatre at York University and recently completed the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College. As a creator and director her favourite productions include her site specific works CHRISTCHRISTCHRIST (2012) and MAN’S SON (2014). Most recently she has been working as a designer, producer and administrator with Outside the March and the Canadian Opera Company’s Education Department.



Daniel Pink (Chair)
Adam Gomes (Treasurer)
Tudor Lupea
Patricia Grieco
Lindsay Arsenau
Lois Adamson
Briana Brown
Brandon Lablong
Andrea Scott
Elizabeth Sheffield
Kendra Stanyon