The 21/22 Design Lab provides hands-on experience and mentorship in Sound Design for live performance. This digital-hybrid program is for emerging designers looking to develop their craft and collaborate with other emerging artists. Participants will receive mentorship, experiment in workshops with professional theatre designers, collaborate with emerging playwrights and creators, and have their work shared at the festival. We will accept three emerging designers to participate in the program, and encourage artists with a music, tech, or production background that want to expand their design skills to apply. Workshops and labs will be designed around the participants’ interests, and include time for experimentation with new equipment, design approaches, and processes in digital and physical space.

This program was designed for artists under 30. We encourage self-identified emerging artists and young artists to apply.

* Indigenous artists who are interested in participating in the Indigenous Arts Program along with the Design Lab will receive full support through both programs, and will have the option to return for a second year of project development through IAP. You will only need to submit one application – please check the box to let us know you are interested in IAP when applying.

If you have any questions about the Indigenous Arts Program, please feel free to email Jay Northcott, the Indigenous Arts Program Producer at jay@paprikafestival.com.


Deanna H. Choi

Design Lab Facilitator 2021/22

Deanna H. Choi (she/her) is a composer and sound designer based in Toronto/T’karonto. She writes original music for film, TV, plays, dance, and multimedia installations. Through her company, SPLIT BRAIN SOUND, she designs soundscapes and audio systems for theatrical productions. She collaborates with artists of all backgrounds and disciplines, premieres new works and revisits classics, and is equally at home in intimate black box studios and 1000-seat auditoriums. She has been featured in conversation twice in the journal Canadian Theatre Review, and is the second sound designer to win the prestigious Pauline McGibbon Award for Theatrical Design in the award’s history. In 2021, Deanna was selected as one of six composers-in-residence to attend the prestigious Slaight Music Residency at the Canadian Film Centre chaired by Lesley Barber and Marc Jordan.

Training Days

In addition to being part of this program, all participants gather for five virtual Training Day Labs led by professional artists, with workshop topics ranging from physical theatre, to pitching your show, to re-Indigenizing artistic practices, and building a career in the arts. These days are a chance for participants to meet and work with one another (and find future collaborators!)



Toronto & Online

COVID-19 Considerations

In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this program will be offered online with the intent to transition to in-person program delivery in Spring 2022 where possible and when sensible, and in accordance with public health directives. Paprika Training Days and the company-wide meet & greet will take place digitally. The health and safety of participants, facilitators, and staff is our greatest priority. This year, Paprika encourages artists exploring work that can be encountered digitally, one-on-one, by small audiences, or through multiple mediums. Paprika will work with participants to create a learning and action plan that meets their objectives, capacity, and access needs.