Call for Board Members

The Paprika Theatre Festival (the “Festival”) is looking for volunteers interested in joining the Board of Directors (the “Board”). We seek people who love theatre and are committed to helping young artists develop their craft within a supportive, inclusive and empowering environment.


Directors serve one-year terms. However, it is preferred that directors commit to a minimum of two years.


The Festival is a youth-led professional performing arts organization, which runs year-round training and mentorship programs. The program culminates in a performing arts festival showcasing new works by young and emerging artists.

The Board’s key responsibilities include supporting the General Manager and Artistic Producer in an advisory capacity, providing financial oversight, developing policies and best practices for the Festival,  fundraising on behalf of the Festival and promoting the Festival. After launching a new strategic plan in January 2019, the Festival is on track to deepen mentorship experiences while strengthening its operations with a focus on sustainable practices. 

Board members are expected to attend regularly scheduled board meetings (about 12 per year) and to assist with committee work according to their interests and skills. Board members are expected to participate in fundraising activities.

At this time we are seeking applications from people with experience in the following areas: accounting, fundraising, youth mentorship, theatrical pedagogy, and audience development. However, we are always looking for committed, active champions of our festival and encourage those with experience in other areas to apply as well.

Above all, we want the Board to reflect the community we serve. We are an equal opportunity organization and strongly encourage applicants of any race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.


Please submit your resume with a brief explanation of why you are interested in joining the Board of Directors to (Attn: Nominating Committee). Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Naz Afsahi, Chair, Nominating Committee
16 Ryerson Ave
Toronto, ON, M5T 2P3

Health + Safety and Access Notes:
As COVID-19 continues to pose a risk to public health, the recruitment process will take place over phone/video calls.

In the event the Board of Directors needs to meet in-person, the Festival will ensure all health + safety guidelines are met and followed. The Festival's administrative office is in a physically accessible building.