Applications are now open!

Check out our programs below for details.
Deadline to apply is October 1, 2023 at 11:59PM ET.

All Paprika professional development programs are designed for people under 30. We encourage young people, artists switching disciplines, artists in the first few years of their practice, and self-identified emerging artists to apply.

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.