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Promo poster for Paprika Theatre Submissions

September 8, 2022 - October 3, 2022

Call for Submissions: Paprika Theatre Festival

Hosted by Paprika Festival

Are you a young or emerging artist interested in trying something new, deepening your artistic practice, and creating new work alongside a community of peers? Join us to see your ideas come to life with the 22nd annual Paprika Festival!

We are inviting young and emerging artists under 30 to apply to our six free professional development programs for the 2022/2023 season. At Paprika, artists lead their own creative process with the support of their peers and professional mentors. Programs begin November 2022 and culminate in a performing arts festival of new works by young artists at the Native Earth Performing Arts Aki Studio in May 2023.

This year’s programs include: - Indigenous Arts Program facilitated by Brefny Caribou - Playwrights Unit facilitated by Bilal Baig - Directors Lab facilitated by Philip Geller - Design Lab (lighting design focus) facilitated by Echo Zhou - Creators Unit (collective creation) facilitated by xLq - Creative Producers (for IBPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+ women, trans and non-binary artists) facilitated by Kitoko Mai

This year, we are inviting applications from young and emerging artists based in the GTA area. Programs will be delivered online and in-person in theatres and offices across Toronto.


Applications will be accepted through multiple mediums including audio, video, pdf attachment, or text box entry. We’re dedicated to make this application work for you (so that you can make your work!). If you need additional or alternative accommodations, please email Community Programming Producer Cheyenne Scott at cheyenne@paprikafestival.com.

Paprika seeks to lower barriers for all its programs. This year, we are offering transportation support when requested, food and snacks at program events, as well as a $600 participant honorarium.

The Paprika Festival tech and performances will take place at Native Earth Performing Arts’ Aki Studio, which is fully accessible for artists and audiences.

Company-wide Training Days take place in venues accessible to folks using mobility devices, with the exception of the Men’s Washrooms.

Please check the Program-specific pages for further information on venue accessibility per program. We endeavour to secure accessible space whenever possible. Group meetings can be recorded and shared internally to accommodate schedule conflicts and emergencies.

Paprika advocates for gender inclusive washrooms, and will negotiate for gender inclusive washroom signage whenever possible. We use and respect people’s pronouns. Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, LGBTQ2SIA+, Women, Trans, Non-Binary, Newcomer, Immigrant, Fat, Mad and Neurodiverse people are welcome.

Internet and a smartphone, tablet and/or computer are required for participation in Paprika’s programs. Our programs are not accessible to Deaf or Blind artists at this time.


Paprika Festival

555 Richmond St. W, Suite 502, Toronto, ON, M5V 3B1, Canada

Email: create@paprikafestival.com