#Paprika23 Gather, Listen, Share, Act

Paprika Theatre Festival, recognized as one of the most crucial launching pads for emerging artists in Toronto’s theatre ecology, announces its 23rd annual Paprika Theatre Festival. 

Kicking off on May 14th, the festival opens its doors for Torontonians to experience an amazing lineup of workshops, presentations, staged readings, and community events in the Regent Park neighborhood of downtown Toronto on a budget that works for their wallet. The groundbreaking festival showcases the work of nineteen young and emerging artists, offering a glimpse into the exciting future of Canadian Theatre. The Paprika Festival runs May 14 to 19, 2024, with in-person events occurring at Native Earth Performing Arts’ Aki Studio. Learn more about this year’s programming and participants, and book your free ticket or purchase Pay-What-You-Can festival tickets here

gather, listen, share, act

“Paprika artists and staff experience the effects of housing unaffordability, low wages, and pressures of inflation on a daily basis. We talk about it over lunch, on the TTC home from workshops, and in our program sessions. It is a challenge to be young, and to be an artist, in Toronto in 2024.

Coming together creates energy — the magic of exchange, of presence, of communion. Amidst all the chaos, uncertainty, and misinformation, the simple act of being together in a room makes us feel less alone.

The 23rd Paprika Festival is a celebration of emerging storytellers and their stories. It’s a celebration of organizations who act as hubs for community and share the spirit of Paprika — transformative movements that share resources and information for the collective good.

We hope this festival inspires you to gather, listen, share, act after you leave.” - Keshia Palm and Julia Dickson, Artistic Producer and General Manager of the Paprika Festival 

Paprika Festival 2024 highlights include: 

Scotia Cox, Gabriel Woo and Camila Farrah from the costume focused Design Lab will collaborate with participants in the festival to provide costumes for the Directors Lab with guidance from their facilitator Joyce Padua.

This year’s #Paprika23 Community events include the return of hi(!) Tea, the relaxed, drop-in-drop out event designed for people to meet the Paprika festival team, make new collaborators and new friends. - Wednesday, May 15 at 3:30-5:30PM

Join Amanda and Emily from the Labour in the Arts Collective for a completely chill afternoon of snacking and crafting. The only rule: Absolutely no work talk!- Friday, May 17 at 4:00-6:00 PM

We have also partnered with Means of Production to offer free 30-minute consultations for young and emerging freelance Production Managers, Technical Directors, and related Arts Workers to talk through any production or technical problems and receive expert advice, or come hang out and soak in the conversation — all while enjoying a fresh cup of pink lemonade. This fun immersive event takes place Online on Wednesday, May 15 at 3:30-6:00 PM and In person on the Terrace of the Daniels Spectrum Lobby Thursday, May 16 at 3:30-6:00 PM


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Facebook - @PaprikaFestival 

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FESTIVAL | Learn more about this year’s programming and participants here.


Paprika Festival | Established in 2001, Paprika runs year-round professional training and mentorship programs that culminate in a performing arts festival of new work by young and emerging artists. Paprika Festival gratefully acknowledges the support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, cGaming Charitable Giving – Delta Bingo & Gaming, and Department of Canadian Heritage. The Paprika Festival is also made possible by The Metcalf Foundation, National Arts Centre, TO Live, Stratford Festival, TD Bank Group, and Native Earth Performing Arts. To join our community of donors to support the next generation of theatre artists, visit www.paprikafestival.com/support.  

Native Earth Performing Arts | Founded in 1982, Native Earth is Canada's oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. Native Earth is dedicated to developing, producing and presenting professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada. Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multidisciplinary art), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions. It is a vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Indigenous community who actively participate in the arts.


The Paprika Festival gratefully acknowledges support from the following:

Government Funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council

Department of Canadian Heritage

Festival Partner: Native Earth Performing Arts and TO Live

Lead Lab Partner: Stratford Festival 

Festival Incubator Sponsor: TD Bank Group  

Office Partner: Outside the March

Program Partners: bcurrent Performing Arts, cGaming Charitable Giving – Delta Bingo & Gaming, Metcalf Foundation, Soulpepper Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Why Not Theatre, Young People’s Theatre

Community and Industry Partners: Paul Butler + Christopher Black Foundation, Generator Performing Arts, Theatre Passe Muraille, T.O the Good Swap, Charlie’s Freewheels, Means of Production, Labour in the Arts Collective

Impact Partners: Means of Production, National Arts Centre


For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact: 

Juliet Jones-Rodney (Communications Producer) — juliet@paprikafestival.com