Call for Submissions: Join the 2016 Paprika Festival

The Paprika Festival is currently seeking applications for our 2015/2016 artistic programs. Whether you’re starting your first project and don’t know where it could end up or you have the perfect vision for an exciting new play, Paprika can help to take your work to the next level.

We run year round professional training and mentorship programs that culminate in a performing arts festival of new work by young artists. This year, our programs will begin in November 2015 and lead up to a showcase at the Paprika Festival in May 2016. The Festival will take place at the Daniels Spectrum cultural hub in Regent Park, in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts.

Through our diverse artistic training programs, Paprika provides the following:

  • We connect you with leading professional artists for personalized mentorships
  • We provide a space to experiment, develop your work and take creative risks
  • We help to prepare you for a career in the arts through professional development workshops
  • All of our programs are free-of-charge to participants

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 barriers free organization and we want to make this as easy as possible for you! We offer interviews to every applicant, so if a written application poses any challenges to you we can easily go through the questions in your interview.

2015/2016 PROGRAMS


Independently stage an original script or performance project of your choosing. We provide the mentorship and resources and you bring the company to make it happen. Read more about Paprika Productions here.


The Creators’ Unit is a weekly, facilitated program where you can meet other creative thinkers, experiment with new ideas and collaborate on an original, devised performance project to be presented at the festival. Read more about Creators' Unit here.


The Resident Company is a multidisciplinary arts program with drop-in sessions and weekly artistic workshops in the Regent Park community. We welcome Regent Park artists of all interests and artistic backgrounds looking to get involved with the performing arts. Read more about Resident Company here.


Whether you’re just beginning to write or have been writing for years, the Playwriting program at Paprika can help you take your work to the next stage under professional artistic mentorship. Read more about Playwrighting programs here.


Join a team of aspiring arts leaders, producers, artists and art-enthusiasts and help guide the Festival through programming and planning decisions. Read more about Advisory Board here.


The director’s lab is a new program geared at emerging directors looking to develop their craft. In partnership with Theatre Passe Muraille and Native Earth Performing Arts, participants will receive mentorship from a professional theatre company, participate in master classes with a professional director, and have their work showcased at the festival. Read more about Director's Lab here.

More information about all our programs and how to apply can be found here:


If you have questions about any of the programs, feel free to write to Artistic Producer Darwin Lyons at