2017/18 Call for Submissions


We provide year-round theatre training and mentorship. At the end of the year, your original work is showcased in the week-long, fully-produced, uncensored Paprika Festival (May 14-20, 2018). Paprika Festival is free for all participants.

Programs begin in November 2017. The Festival will take place in the Aki Studio Theatre (Daniels Spectrum) in Regent Park, in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts.

We want to make this work for you (so that you can make your work!) Paprika is committed to accessibility.  If you need assistance with your application in any way please don’t hesitate to contact us. We strive to be a barrier free organization and we want to make this as easy as possible for you! Paprika Festival is an equal opportunity organization and strongly encourages applications from Indigenous, culturally diverse applicants and any equity seeking group, including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.

A note on ages: At Paprika the core age group is 15-21 years for all programs excluding the Director’s lab & Indigenous Program (15-30 years) and the Festival Administrators (21-25 years). We’re interested in making exceptions to this for younger people with a specific need for more advanced training and for older people who are new to the arts.

Paprika Programs - Click on a program to learn more and apply!


 PRODUCTIONS (Ages 15-21)

  •  - Independently stage an original script or performance of your choice.

    -  We provide the support and mentorship, you provide the team and the dream.



 PLAYWRITING  (Ages 15-21)

  •  - Turn your idea into a full-length script to be presented as a staged-reading.

  •  - Write with the guidance of a professional mentor and peer support.


indigenous_web_miniINDIGENOUS PROGRAM (Ages 15-30)

  •  - Create and perform an original piece of your choice through regular meetings with a professional mentor and support from an Elder.

  •  - The training and schedule are tailored to your interests, abilities, and goals.


 TD CREATORS’ UNIT (Ages 15-21)

  •  - Join a collective of artist for weekly training and rehearsals with a professional program facilitator.

  •  - Together, create and perform an original, devised piece for the Festival.



 DIRECTOR’S LAB (Ages 15-30)

  •  - Develop your craft through mentorship from a professional theatre company and train in masterclasses with a professional director.

  •  - Select and direct a piece of your choice for the Festival with the support to experiment and expand your practice.




  •  - Join a team of aspiring leaders, administrators, and producers who work with Paprika’s staff to plan, promote, and present the 17th Annual Paprika Festival

  •  - Provide administrative and hands-on support for workshops, fundraisers, and the Festival


yayaTraining Days

In addition to being part of one of these programs, everyone gathers for four Training Day masterclasses led by professional artists, with workshop  topics ranging from physical theatre, to pitching your show, to decolonizing arts practice. These days are a chance for participants to meet and work  with one another (and find future collaborators!).