Creators Unit

Ages 18+

In a collective of four, develop an original performance through weekly rehearsals, learning more about the art of collaboration with guidance and support from a professional artist collective.

Design Lab

Ages 18+

Build a personal design process through hands-on experience and mentorship in Costume Design for live performance in a Festival environment.

Directors Lab

Ages 18+

Experiment with directorial approaches and practices through workshops and labs, sharing your work-in-process at the Paprika Festival.

Creative Producers

Ages 20+

Part residency, part training program, Creative Producers offers a showcase opportunity for IBPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+ women, trans and non-binary artists under 30, which includes facilitated workshops, a strong network of mentors, and resources to support their Festival production. 

Indigenous Arts Program

Ages 18+

Create an original live performance art piece with the support of a community of Indigenous mentors and peers. Share your work-in-process at the Paprika Festival, with the option to return for a second year to fully stage your piece.

Playwrights Unit

Ages 18+

Write a script with the support of a mentor and peers, experience a dramaturgical workshop of your play, and public reading in May.


All Paprika participants gather for five company-wide Training Days, with workshop topics ranging from accessibility design, to how to plan your festival tech, and building a career in the arts. These workshops are held online and in-person, and are a chance for participants to meet and work with one another (and find future collaborators!).

We gather as a festival for a Company-wide Orientation in the fall, a Technical Theatre Workshop in the spring, and a Post-Festival Debrief just after closing.