Applications for Paprika22 are officially OPEN! Deadline to apply is October 7, 2022 at 11:59PM EST. Click though to each program to find out more and access the application form.

Creators Unit

Ages 16+

In a collective of four, develop an original performance through weekly rehearsals, learning more about the art of collaboration with guidance and support from a professional artist collective.

Design Lab

Ages 18+

Build a personal design process through hands-on experience and mentorship in Lighting Design for live performance in a Festival environment.

Directors Lab

Ages 18+

Experiment with directorial approaches and practices through workshops and labs, sharing your work-in-process at the Paprika Festival.

Creative Producers

Ages 18+

Part residency, part training program, Creative Producers offers a showcase opportunity for IBPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+ women, trans and non-binary artists under 30, which includes monthly facilitated workshops, a strong network of mentors, and resources to support their Festival production.

Indigenous Arts Program

Ages 16+

Create an original live performance art piece with the support of a community of Indigenous mentors and peers. Share your work-in-process at the Paprika Festival, with the option to return for a second year to fully stage your piece.

Playwrights Unit

Ages 16+

Write a script with the support of a mentor and peers and receive a public reading.


All Paprika participants gather for four company-wide Training Days, with workshop topics ranging from accessibility design, to how to plan your festival tech, and building a career in the arts. These workshops are held online and in-person, and are a chance for participants to meet and work with one another (and find future collaborators!).

We gather as a festival for a Company-wide Orientation in the fall, a Technical Theatre Workshop in the spring, and a Post-Festival Debrief just after closing.