The 2017 Intersection is all about Safer/Braver spaces. From being empowered in auditions, to financial management to self-care The Intersection will focus on the political and artistic goals that matter to young artists as well as the practical matters of how to make and sustain a life in the arts today. This event will be a space for young artists to voice their experiences in the professional theatre arts and critically discuss what skills or resources they need as they develop their careers as professional artists. This initiative is devoted to supporting the future of Toronto performance  - all for $15!

Saturday, May 20, 2017
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street E,  Toronto, ON M5A 2B7


2017 Intersection – Safer/Braver Spaces


Powwow Bounce with Joshua “Classic Roots” DePerry
DePerry (Blackfoot and Cree Nations) is a dancer, DJ, and instructor with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.

Immersive Theatre with Julie Tepperman
Tepperman is an actor, playwright, educator, and co-artistic director of Convergence Theatre.

Engaging Accessibility with Andrew Gurza
Gurza is a Disability Awareness Consultant and Cripple Content Creator.

Self-care for Artists with Sharrae Lyon
Lyon is a writer, filmmaker, facilitator and healer, dedicated to changing perspectives on mental health.

Financial Survival with Natasha Mytnowych
Mytnowych is an award-winning arts leader and theatre director, and president of Smart Money for Creatives.




The Paprika Festival gratefully acknowledges annual operating and project support from the Ontario Arts Council, and annual operating support from the Toronto Arts Council. This project is also made possible, in part, by the Youth Theatre Training Program of Theatre Ontario, funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

The Paprika Festival is a youth-led performing arts organization focused on providing professional training and mentorship programs to emerging artists across Toronto. Now in its 16th year, Paprika presents year-round programming including an annual festival of new work, a conference for the next generation of theatre artists, a diverse group of productions, playwrights-in-residence, a Creators’ Unit, a Regent Park Collective, a youth advisory board, ongoing mentorship, training days and a vibrant connection to the professional arts community. Paprika’s programming is delivered at no cost to the participants and culminates in a week-long festival May 22 to 28, 2017 at Native Earth’s Aki Studio in the Daniels Spectrum, in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts.