Presented in partnership with
Native Earth Performing Arts

May 2017
Festival Schedule to Come

Paprika is a youth-led professional performing arts organization that runs year-round professional training and mentorship programs culminating in a performing arts festival of new work by young artists. Paprika runs programs for youth interested in playwriting, directing, acting, collective creation and producing theatre.

Paprika is excited to enter into its second year running The Regent Collective, a community engaged arts program focused on Indigenous youth and youth from Regent Park.  Paprika is a place where young people are given the autonomy and support to enter into the professional arts world. 

The Paprika Festival is proud to be an industry partner with Native Earth Performing Arts.


Paprika Festival is currently seeking applications for their 2016/17 artistic programs. 

Whether you’re looking to meet new collaborators, starting your first project and don’t know where it could end up or you have the perfect vision for an exciting new play, Paprika can support you in taking your work to the next level.

Paprika Festival runs year round professional training and mentorship programs that culminate in a conference and performing arts festival of new work by young artists. This year, our programs begin November 2016 and lead up to a showcase at Paprika Festival in May 2017. The Festival will take place at Aki Studio in Daniels Spectrum, a cultural hub in Regent Park, in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts.

Through their diverse artistic training programs, Paprika provides the following:

  • Connection with leading professional artists for personalized mentorships;
  • Space to experiment, develop your work and take creative risks;
  • Help to prepare you for a career in the arts through professional development workshops;
  • All of programs are free-of-charge to participants.

Paprika is committed to accessibility.  If you need assistance with your application in any way please don’t hesitate to contact Paprika Festival. They strive to be a barrier free organization and want to make this as easy as possible for you! Paprika Festival offers interviews to every applicant, so if a written application poses any challenges to you, they can easily go through the questions in your interview. Paprika Festival is an equal opportunity organization and strongly encourages applications from Indigenous, culturally diverse applicants and any equity seeking group, including but not limited to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.

A Note About Age: Paprika’s core age group is 15-21 years for all programs excluding the Director’s Lab (15-30 years) and the Advisory Board (21-25 years). They are interested in making exceptions to this for young people who can prove they need a higher caliber of training, and for older people who are new to the arts. It is not recommended for young people applying to Productions, The Creator’s Unit, or Playwriting have finished a post secondary degree in theatre.

For more information about the available programs and how to apply, visit the Paprika Festival website.