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In Solidarity

I knew that Paprika needed to release a statement at the beginning of the week but couldn’t release one until the end of it. I’d like to try to address why. My name “Kanika Shani” means “marvelous black cloth” in Swahili. My father, born and raised in Dominica, picked it from a book of African… Read more »

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An Update on Paprika Festival and COVID-19 – March 15

Re: An Update on Paprika Festival and COVID-19   Dear friends, The health and safety of our participants, facilitators, staff, and patrons are our top priority. We have been communicating internally with our participants, facilitators, and staff to assess changing needs and to explore and introduce new methods of working and creating collaboratively.  We have… Read more »

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17/18 Season Updates!

We had the privilege of looking at over 90 applications for this years’ programs and can’t wait to tell you who will be part of the Fest this season. Until then, we’re honoured, thrilled, chuffed and psyched to announce some of the very talented artists who will be working with this years’ participants. (With more to… Read more »

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Call for Submissions: Seeking young artists for the 2017/18 Paprika Festival

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. We’re hugely dedicated to accessibility and diversity. We want to make this work for you (so that you can make your… Read more »

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A Note from Paprika’s new Artistic Producer- Ali Joy Richardson

Two years ago, I was a Paprika participant and experienced firsthand how meaningful and holistic the training here is:  Paprika strengthens young people not only as artists, but as leaders and innovators in all we do. No wonder this organization has thrived for seventeen years! Paprika plays a vital role in keeping the theatre industry… Read more »

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Paprika Festival Announces: The Intersection


The Paprika Festival Announces: The Intersection
Second Annual Conference for the New Generation of Theatre Artists in Toronto

Toronto, ON – February 15, 2016 – The Paprika Festival announces The Intersection, a return of last year’s sold-out conference for the new generation of artists. After fifteen years of presenting theatre created by young artists, Paprika is growing and expanding its newest initiative: a day of education, professional networking, and debate aimed at serving artists under 30. Paprika presents its 2015/16 season in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts.

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Paprika Festival Trivia Night Championship

WHO WILL BE THE TRIVIA CHAMPION? Please join us for the Paprika Festival’s second annual 90s TRIVIA NIGHT fundraiser! With your help, we are raising funds to support the free-of-charge training, mentorship and creative work of the young artists participating in the 15th annual Paprika Festival. Join us on Monday, November 30th at 7pm at The Duke of… Read more »

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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.

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


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Project Original at Ontario’s Celebration Zone, July 19-23

The Paprika Festival’s Project Original is returning to the stage as part of Ontario’s Celebration Zone during the 2015 PanAm Games! If you missed this fantastic show during our May festival, you have 5 more chances to catch it (new and improved) before it’s gone!   Project Original explores a compilation of ideas, thoughts and stories from Toronto’s… Read more »

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