Design Lab

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Participants in Design Lab will receive hands-on experience and mentorship in lighting, sound, and video design.  The program is geared towards emerging designers looking to develop their craft and collaborate with other emerging artists. Participants will receive mentorship and masterclasses from professional theatre designers, work with emerging directors and creators, and have their work showcased at the festival. We will accept two emerging designers to participate in the program. These master classes will be tailored to the participant’s interests and are a chance for experimentation with new design approaches and practices.

For this program we are especially interested in candidates under the age of 30.


Steph Raposo

Design Lab Facilitator 2020/21

Steph Raposo is a lighting and sound designer, as well as an amateur composer.

Lighting Design: Retreat (Hart House Theatre), A Bear Awake In Winter (Next Stage Theatre Festival), Penelopiad (Hart House Theatre), Gray (Theatre Inamorata), The Clean House (Alumnae Theatre).

Sound Design & Composition: Ga Ting (Next Stage Theatre Festival), Katherine Is Not A Communist (epigraph collective), IMP (Filament Theatre and epigraph collective).

Video Design: Four Sisters (Paradigm Productions)

Miquelon Rodriguez

Design Lab Facilitator 2020/21

Miquelon Rodriguez is an arts leader-in-training, sound designer, musician/composer, actor, and director based in Toronto. He trained at York University, and has worked professionally with numerous theatre artists, collectives, and companies across Canada, including Soulpepper Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre, Chromatic Theatre, Neptune Theatre, and Factory Theatre. He co-curated both the Tiger Bamboo Festival and the Shen Development Series & Festival at Soulpepper and was most recently the Apprentice Artistic Director at Factory Theatre for two seasons (2017-2019). He is currently one of the newest Artistic Leadership Residents with the National Theatre School of Canada.

Miquelon Rodriguez

Training Days

In addition to being part 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!).


COVID-19 Considerations

In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this program will offer online meetings. Where possible and when sensible, and in accordance with public health directives, in-person meetings will be organized with an opt-out option. The health and safety of participants, facilitators, and staff is our greatest priority. Paprika will work with participants to create and learning and action plan that meets their objectives.