Applications Now Open for 21st Annual Paprika Festival

Want to join a community of young and emerging artists making new work? See your ideas come to life with the 21st annual Paprika Festival!

We are inviting young and emerging artists under 30 to apply for our seven free training programs. At Paprika, artists lead their own creative process with the support of their peers and professional mentors, culminating in a performing arts festival of new works by young artists in May 2022.

Explore all seven available programs here and click through to apply.

Applications will be accepted through multiple mediums including audio, video, pdf attachment, or text box entry. We’re dedicated to make this application work for you (so that you can make your work!).

For this year's digital hybrid season, we will be offering a mix of in-person and online training opportunities. Paprika encourages artists from across the country to apply to Festival Creative Producers + Administrators and Playwrights Unit, which will be delivered entirely online.

In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our remaining programs will be offered online with the intent to transition to in-person program delivery in Spring 2022 where possible and when sensible, and in accordance with public health directives. This does not include Playwrights Unit and Festival Creative Producers + Administrators, which will be delivered online. Paprika Training Days and the company-wide meet & greet will take place digitally.

The health and safety of participants, facilitators, and staff is our greatest priority. This year, Paprika encourages applications from artists exploring work that can be encountered digitally, one-on-one, by small audiences, or through multiple mediums. Paprika will work with participants to create a learning and action plan that meets their objectives, capacity, and access needs. 

Indigenous artists who are interested in participating in the Indigenous Arts Program along with another Paprika program stream will receive full support through both programs, and will have the option to return for a second year of project development. More details can be found here.

All artists are encouraged to apply to as many programs as interest them. Currently, only the Indigenous Arts Program allows artists to participate in another Paprika program in the same year.

Deadline for all applications is October 3rd @ 11:59 PM EST