The Indigenous Program is brand new as a part of Paprika Festival’s 17th season. More details will become available soon. Have questions about the program? Email For this program we are especially interested in candidates under the age of 30.

Confirmed artists for the 2017-18 Indigenous Arts Program include Yolanda Bonnell. Click here to learn more about Yolanda

YOLANDA BONNELL is an Ojibwe/South Asian performer and playwright from Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, ON. Now based in Toronto, and a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance program, Yolanda was named one of NOW Magazine’s Theatre Discoveries and most exciting artists to watch in Summerworks 2016. Her solo show bug, directed by Cole Alvis is currently set for a world premiere at the Luminato Festival in 2018, followed by a tour. She was also a part of Factory Theatre’s The Foundry, a creation program for new career writers, where her play, Scanner continues to be developed. While another of her projects, White Girls in Moccasins is currently under development with the Animikiig Creators Unit at Native Earth Performing Arts with mentorship by Clare Preuss.
Recent credits include: Ipruq/Atugauq in The Breathing Hole (Stratford Festival), Fanny/Robert in Treasure Island (Stratford Festival), Roe in Two Indians (Summerworks 2016),Theresa in The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre).


In addition to being part of one of this program, all participants gather 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!).