The Creators Unit is a chance for individual artists to explore collective creation and performance. This program is composed of poets, musicians, dancers, actors, directors, playwrights, and anyone who is interested in being part of a tight-knit creative team. The piece devised by the Creators Unit can take any form the group envisions; this is a place to take artistic risks, experiment with ideas, and try things you’ve been imagining. The professional facilitators guide the group in the creation of the entire project, from early ideas to final presentation. The work created by the Creators Unit is shared at the Paprika Festival.


Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks

Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks (she/her) is a mixed-Filipino theatre artist from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Cynthia has spent most of her career on new Canadian play development with companies such as fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, Studio 180 and the Citadel Theatre. Acting credits include: The Candidate, The Party, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); This London Life (Grand Theatre); Girls Like That (Tarragon Theatre); Boys Girls and Other Mythological Creatures (Carousel Players); Barbelle Series (KindaTV); Hudson & Rex (CityTV). Cynthia’s new play, TUNE TO A (co-created with Carly Neis and Cameron Kneteman) is theatre for young audiences advocating for disability representation and allyship in theatre. TUNE TO A recently received workshops with Bad Hats Theatre and Blarney Productions. Cynthia’s artistic practice also includes working as a movement instructor/choreographer (Philippine Barangay Performing Arts Society, Artstrek, Grant MacEwan University).