Paprika Productions is the largest and most independent program at Paprika. It’s a great place to try a show you’ve always wanted to do but never had a venue for. All Paprika Productions are created by participants. We welcome projects at any stage of development and participants of all skill levels. We seek productions of all kinds; past participants have staged dance pieces, musicals, plays, installation art, and clown shows.
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 24.
Support You Receive
- We pair you with a professional mentor who can advise you on: script development, rehearsal process, staging your piece, and anything else you need help with
- Coaching you on how to promote your show through: social media, writing about your show for the Paprika Festival program, and pitching your show in person
- Offering technical guidance and training to your stage manager and designers before moving into the theatre venue
- Providing limited access to rehearsal space.
- Checking in with you regularly throughout your process.
Bea Pizano, Cole Alvis, Dian Marie Bridge, Audrey Dwyer, Julie Tepperman, Britta Johnson, Byron Abalos, Cole Alvis, Amy Nostbakken, Alan Dilworth, Astrid Van Wieren, Rob Kempson, Michael Wheeler, Simon Bloom, Amy Lee, Sarah Kitz, Paula Wing, Sophia Fabiilli, Pip Bradford, and many other respected arts professionals!
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!).
- Independently create and rehearse a production and perform in the Paprika Festival. We provide the performance venue and mentorship as well as access to rehearsal space. While we are unable to provide props/costumes/set, we can assist in sourcing these materials.
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 Productions, Paprika encourages work which can be encountered outdoor, one-on-one, or by small audiences. Paprika will work with participants to create and learning and action plan that meets their objectives.