Applications for Playwriting 16/17  are now closed.

Paprika’s playwriting program focuses on the process of developing a script for the stage. We ask that playwrights bring us a project they are passionate about, whether it is a clearly outlined idea for a play, a full length draft ready to be workshopped, or anything in between.

Paprika accepts playwrights at various stages, from beginner to already-produced! We tailor our program to suit the individual needs and goals of the participants. Playwrights work on their own time, and for up to 10 hours with a Professional Artist Mentor, along with meetings with other playwright participants throughout the season. Each Paprika playwright is assigned a mentor to work one-on-one with them over the course of the year. Every playwright has a public reading in the 16th Paprika Festival by professional actors. Playwrights have a large amount of input in how they want to develop their work, with what kind of professional artist mentor they would like to connect, and what their final product for the Festival presentation will be (a full-length draft, a one-act play, a completed first act, etc).

Many young playwrights have gone on to have their scripts staged as full productions at Paprika and beyond as a result of the development support they received in this program.

New this year as a Community Partner, Cahoots Theatre, with a culturally-inclusive mandate, will be supporting our Playwrights’ programs. They will be opening up select Hot House sessions to our playwrights in residence. Playwright sessions will take place in the Cahoots Creation Studio in Corktown.

Read more about Jeff Ho, Writers’ Circle Facilitator here

Jeff is a Toronto-based performer, playwright, and arts educator from Hong Kong. As an actor, credits include: Hana’s Suitcase (Tour: Toronto/Montreal/Seattle/YPT – 2015 Dora Nomination – Outstanding Performance, Ensemble), Unknown Soldier (lemontree/Architect Theatre – 2014 SummerWorks Honourable Mention: Spotlight Award for Performance), Murderers Confess at Christmastime (OutsidetheMarch – 2013 SummerWorks/Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award), Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet (Repercussion Theatre), Incorporated (SyFy/CBS), (Orphan Black (BBC America).

As an emerging playwright, Jeff is developing his first piece, trace, with the support of b current and Factory Theatre. Currently, Jeff is a member of the Stratford Playwright’s Retreat 2016, the Playwright in Residence with Nightswimming Theatre 2016-2017, a member of the Cahoots Hot House Writers Unit, as well as working on a modern adaptation of Antigone for Young People’s Theatre. Jeff has been in residence at Factory Theatre 2015-2016, the Banff Playwrights Colony 2015, Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources Creation Group 2014-2015.

As a passionate arts educator intent on nurturing theatrical voices from diverse perspectives, Jeff has worked for the Paprika Festival as the Writer’s Circle Facilitator, and as an Associate Producer of the Intersection: a conference for emerging artists. He will be an Assistant Resident Artist Educator with Young People’s Theatre 2016. Jeff is the Artistic Director Apprentice with Nina Lee Aquino at Factory Theatre 2016 – 2017. Jeff is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Recent playwriting mentors include:
Judith Thompson, Susan Coyne, Djanet Sears, Damien Atkins, Marjorie Chan, Jordi Mand, Adam Seelig, Andrea Romaldi, Jeff Ho, and many other respected and award-winning writers.

Program requirements:
-Writers must attend meetings for either The Writers Circle or Playwrights in Residence (the application process is the same for both programs)

-Writers must commit to regular meetings with their professional artist mentor.

-All playwrights are required to participate in the Meet and Greet on December 11, 2016 and Festival Training Days: January 15 2017, February 12 2017, March 12 2017, April 23 2017

-Be available to attend a reading of your work in the festival, May 22-28, 2017.

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 barrier 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. Paprika Festival is an equal opportunity organization and strongly encourages applications from Indigenous, culturally diverse applicants and any equity seeking group, including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.