Directors Lab


The 21/22 Directors Lab is for space-holders, world-makers, leaders, creatives and dreamers looking to grow their directing practice. Participants will receive mentorship, participate in workshops and labs with a professional director, and have their work-in-process shared at the festival. We will accept two participants that will co-create with the facilitator a path of growth that supports their journey in creative collaboration and world-building. Workshops and labs will be responsive to the participant’s needs, and are a chance for experimentation with new directorial approaches and practices.

This year, we specifically encourage exploring work which can be encountered digitally, one-on-one, by small audiences, or through multiple mediums. 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 Directors 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


Philip Geller

Directors Lab Facilitator 2021/22

Philip Geller (He/Him) is a Métis (Red River) and Jewish (Ashkenazi) artist and educator, who is focused on decolonizing his process by listening to and dialoguing with ancestral and cultural knowledge. His practice includes land-based creation, circular storytelling, and destabilizing hierarchical power structures in the rehearsal process, with a focus on anti-oppressive/anti-racist modalities. He is a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship funded Master of Fine Art’s directing candidate at York University. He works as the Co-Director of the Emerging Creators Unit at Buddies in Bad Times, an instructor at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, and the Residency Director and Designer for Gwaandak Theatre. As a storyteller he has worked across Turtle Island as an actor, director, producer, clown and devisor. He will be continuing his learning by pursuing a Master’s in Urban Indigenous Education.

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.