Applications Now Open for 22nd Annual Paprika Festival

Are you a young or emerging artist interested in trying something new, deepening your artistic practice, and creating new work alongside a community of peers? Join us to see your ideas come to life with the 22nd annual Paprika Festival!

We are inviting young and emerging artists under 30 to apply to our six free professional development programs for the 2022/2023 season. At Paprika, artists lead their own creative process with the support of their peers and professional mentors. Programs begin November 2022 and culminate in a performing arts festival of new works by young artists at the Native Earth Performing Arts Aki Studio in May 2023.

This year’s programs include: 

Indigenous Arts Program facilitated by Brefny Caribou

Playwrights Unit facilitated by Bilal Baig

Directors Lab facilitated by Philip Geller

Design Lab (lighting design focus) facilitated by Echo Zhou

Creators Unit (collective creation) facilitated by xLq

Creative Producers (for IBPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+ women, trans and non-binary artists) facilitated by Kitoko Mai

Explore all six available programs here and click through to apply. This year, we are inviting applications from young and emerging artists based in the GTA area. Programs will be delivered online and in-person in theatres and offices across Toronto.

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!). If you need additional or alternative accommodations, please email Community Programming Producer Cheyenne Scott at

Paprika seeks to lower barriers for all its programs. This year, we are offering transportation support when requested, food and snacks at program events, as well as a $600 participant honorarium. 

In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of participants, facilitators, and staff is our greatest priority. All Paprika participants, staff, facilitators and guest artists are required to present valid proof of full vaccination, and must have received an additional dose/booster within the last 6 months as recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada before attending any in-person events. Masks will be worn by all attendees for all in-person program activities and rehearsals. 

Indigenous artists who are interested in participating in the Indigenous Arts Program may also participate in an additional program stream and will receive full support through both programs. These artists will have the option to return for a second year of project development through IAP. If you have any questions about the Indigenous Arts Program, please feel free to email Cheyenne Scott, the Community Programming Producer at

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, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EST