Indigenous Arts Program

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About

The Indigenous Arts Program provides personalized, flexible training and support to young Indigenous performing artists of any experience and skill level. We connect Indigenous youth with Indigenous artists and mentors, as well as a variety of diverse creators from across the country. Program participants are provided the tools and guidance to create a fully original piece of performed art (could be theatre, dance, music, poetry, performance art…anything!). Mentors and guest artists help connect program participants with community and the Indigenous arts scene in Tkaronto and beyond (including Paprika partner company, Native Earth Performing Arts). Participants have the opportunity to return for a second year in this program to further develop their training and their original work and deepen their relationships with new collaborators and mentors in community.

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

Have questions about the program? Email jay@paprikafestival.com

Facilitator

PJ Prudat

Indigenous Arts Program Facilitator 20/21

PJ Prudat – a Toronto-based, northern Saskatchewan-hailing, proud Métis actor – is a writer of plays, poetry and creative fiction.  As an artist, PJ is galvanized by the Indigenous perspective, experience and stories of this land. She is a Creator-In-Residence at Nightswimming Theatre 2019 and a RBC Resident Creator at Canadian Stage 2019/20.  PJ has performed as a company actor at both the National Arts Centre English Theatre and the Shaw Festival and has toured shows extensively across the country. She is a former Playwright-in-Rez for Native Earth Performing Arts and a writer in the Natural Resources Creation Group at Factory Theatre.  PJ is a recent nominee for the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Award and a Laureate of the Reveal Indigenous Art Award.  Her play Réunir (Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company), inspired by the Métis Résistance— was nominated for a SATAward (Outstanding Achievement in Playwrighting). Recently performed  as Grace in the Ministry of Grace (Belfry Theatre) and as Rebecca in the Unnatural and Accidental Women (National Arts Centre –Indigenous Theatre). Kitatamihinâwâw.

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!).

Commitment

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.