Directors Lab

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The Directors Lab is geared towards emerging directors looking to develop their craft. Participants will receive mentorship from a professional theatre company, participate in master classes with a professional director, and have their work showcased at the festival. We will accept two emerging directors to participate in three master classes with a professional director where they will give feedback on their work. These master classes will be tailored to the participant’s interests and are a chance for experimentation with new directorial approaches and practices.

This year, we specifically encourage work which can be encountered outdoor, one-on-one, or by small audiences. Your work is shared in the annual Paprika Festival. This program has a suggested age limit of 30.


Katrina Darychuk

Directors’ Lab Facilitator 2020/21

Katrina Darychuk is a director and voice practitioner originally from Vancouver, B.C.  She now calls T’karonto/Toronto home. Katrina is a graduate of Studio 58, a past member of the Centre Artistique International Roy Hart, and a member of the Soulpepper Academy.  Credits include work for Soulpepper, Common Boots Theatre, Stratford Festival, Bard on the Beach and Rumble Theatre. Katrina has apprenticed with voice teacher Dale Genge and is currently pursuing a degree in Equity Studies at University of Toronto.

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. This year for Directors Lab, Paprika encourages work which can be encountered outdoor, one-on-one, or by small audiences. Paprika will work with participants to create a learning and action plan that meets their objectives.