Meet some of the faces behind the Fest!

Festival Staff

17/18 Season

Paprika Participants (0057 of 0059)

From Left to Right:  Leslie McCue, Alexis Eastman, Ali Joy Richardson, Polly Phokeev, David Beisel and Hana El-Niwari

Festival Administrators

A dedicated team of young arts administrators, fundraisers and year-round Festival supporters.

festies From Left to Right: Lara, Shaneill, Amanda, Sarah, Liz, Jared, Sarah and Sanjay

Production Manager

David Beisel


David Beisel is a Toronto-based production manager and lighting designer for dance, theatre and live events. He is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School’s Performance Production program, where he subsequently has worked as a technical supervisor for the 2016/2017 season. David is a proud co-establisher of the Youth Theatre Coalition in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Festival Photographer

Jessie Whyte


Lighting Designer

Daniel Bennet

Daniel is a technical director and lighting designer originally from Toronto. He is currently the Interim Technical Director at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. He is a recent graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and is excited to be working with the Paprika Festival for the first time.

2018 Mentors & Facilitators

Deep Paprika love and gratitude to: Luke Reece, Byron Abalos, Clare Preuss, Tanisha Taitt, Jeff Ho, Anusree Roy, Mikaela Davies, Cole Alvis, Yolanda Bonnell, Pauline Shirt and Britta Johnson for their energy and wisdom.