Native Earth Performing Arts is Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. Currently in their 34th year, Native Earth is dedicated to developing, producing and presenting professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada.
Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary art), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions. It is a vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Indigenous community who actively participate in the arts.
Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) believes there should be a more diverse representation of artists, audience members, and stories in our theatre in Canada. TPM aspires to be a leader locally, nationally and internationally in establishing, promoting, and embracing collaborative and inclusive theatre practices that support and ignite the voices of unique artists, communities and audiences.
The Toronto Fringe provides creative opportunities for artists and audiences by producing two important festivals – the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Next Stage Theatre Festival – and by running outreach activities that benefit youth, artists and the theatre community at large. Their home, welcomes independent artists year round, encouraging their creative work by offering them affordable space to make art, congregate and innovate.
Cahoots Theatre investigates and examines the complexities of diversity through the creation and production of new theatre works, development of professional artists and the engagement of communities. Cahoots is a leader in the theatrical community, providing a much needed home for the voice of the ‘other’, a place for marginalized artists and diverse communities to share their stories. Cahoots strives to entice, confront, provoke, entertain, reveal and ultimately transcend through expression of and access to theatre.
New in 2017, Paprika is partnering with The AMY Project (Artists Mentoring Youth). A selection of this year’s performances will feature monologues written and performed by AMY Project participants. AMY provides FREE, barrier-free performing arts mentorship and training to young women and non-binary youth. The monologues featured in Paprika are part of the 2017 AMY Project original show, Almedia (The Glorious), which will be at the Summerworks Festival in August 2017.