Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Who Are We?
We are the home of the emerging artist: Toronto’s only theatre festival celebrating the work of young and emerging artists, primarily those who are 21 and under. We provide application-based opportunities to learn more about theatre creation from the best in the business. We are an exciting and essential part of the artistic community and we are proud of what we do.
We develop and produce new plays of various lengths. You should apply with a group of collaborators who will work with you throughout the year to develop the project and perform it during the Festival. These plays can be about anything, and can take any form. However, you should only apply if you have a full sense of what this production might look like on stage.
Our Creators’ Unit is a tightly-knit ensemble who meets weekly to create a new collective piece, under the guidance of a professional artist facilitator. Apply here if you are theatre creator who is interested in many aspects of new creation. The Creators’ Unit meets on Monday nights from 6:30pm until 8:30pm between November and the Festival in March. It is a regular time commitment, and we expect regular attendance. All members of the Creators’ Unit also attend four Festival Training Days.
Our playwrights work with professionals to create new scripts. Scripts at all stages are welcome; you can apply here if you have a first draft of a script that you’d like to work on, or if you have an idea of a script that you haven’t started writing yet. Plays can be of any length. However, you should be prepared to explore your idea fully: cutting it up and putting it back together with rigor and in consultation with your mentor. Playwrights-in-Residence work on their own time, and for up to 8 hours with a Professional Artist Mentor (including script-reading and email communication).
We are seeking directors, designers, stage managers and actors to create a production, under the guidance of a professional artist mentor. This is a great way to get involved if you are not already working with collaborators, but you know what area of theatre is of interest to you. Apply here if you are theatre creator who is interested in a specific aspect of theatre-making (directing, stage management, acting, design). The Resident Company meets on Tuesday nights from 6:30pm until 8:30pm between November and the Festival in March. It is a regular time commitment, and we expect regular attendance. All members of the Resident Company also attend four Festival Training Days.
NEW THIS YEAR! We are looking for leaders, activists, artists and art-enthusiasts to join our team and guide the Paprika Festival into the future. This is a way to connect with the Festival as a creative thinker and help us imagine our next steps. You will plan projects, and work with others under the guidance of the Associate Director. Anyone between 14 and 25 is eligible, and you should apply if you are interested in arts leadership and big picture ideas.
Our open-ended alumni program allows past Paprika participants to continue working with the Festival after they turn 22. We accept work at all stages and of all sorts for this program. This is a great opportunity if you are over 21 and seeking some type of mentorship.
The Paprika Festival runs from March 28-April 9, 2013 in the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 12, 2012
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