Playwrights Unit

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The Paprika Playwrights Unit focuses on the process of developing a script for the stage. We ask that playwrights bring us a project they are passionate about, whether it is a clearly outlined idea for a play, a full-length draft ready to be workshopped, or anything in between. Paprika accepts playwrights at all stages, from first-time playwrights to already-produced! Many playwrights have gone on to have their scripts staged as full productions at Paprika and beyond as a result of the development support they received in this program.


Bilal Baig

Playwrights’ Unit Facilitator 2020/21

Bilal Baig is a queer-genderqueer-muslim playwright and devised theatre maker. Bilal’s first play, Acha Bacha, was produced by Theatre Passe Muraille and Buddies and was recently translated into French. Bilal creates online and in-person hang-out spaces for queer/trans south asians through a collective called A Colour Deep (

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.