Paprika Festival – A Call To Young Artists.

Hello Prospective Young Artists!

If you’re 21 or under and interested in exploring your capabilities as an artist, submit to the 2010 Paprika Festival! We are looking for a group of young artists who are creating dynamic, exciting, and high-calibre new work to fill the stages of the Tarragon Theatre for our upcoming festival. As a participant, you’ll have access to experienced, professional artist mentors and facilitators, opportunities to learn about the many facets of theatre, and marketing, publicity and development resources associated with the festival itself. You’ll also get free tickets to theatre around the city and the opportunity to learn from our Training Days. Best of all, everything is FREE! The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 12. Contact for more info or check out

.meet other artists.create new work.develop your hard.

.paprika.that’s hot.


Rob Kempson

Artistic Producer



The Paprika Festival 09.10 has four distinctive opportunities for artists 21 and under:

Paprika Collective NEW for 09.10!
This program is exclusively for past festival participants looking to further develop their skills in a tightly-knit creative ensemble. This intimate group will work together to create a devised ensemble piece, to be presented in the 2010 Festival.

We are seeking scripts currently in development which are less than 30 minutes in length. To apply for a production, you should have a group of collaborators who will work with you throughout the year to develop the project and perform it during the festival.  Productions are presented nightly as part of the festival.

Creator’s Unit
This is the right place to submit if you want to develop your skills as an artist and meet and collaborate with other young artists to create a new piece for the festival.

In a unit of approximately 10 young artists, you will meet weekly for a number of workshops with professional guest artists and experiment with various ideas and forms. Then you will develop a specific piece for the festival—it could be a roaming improv, a piece for an audience member of one, spoken word, a cabaret, stand up comedy, a sound or art installation piece. Anything goes!

If you have a play (or an idea for one) and you would like the opportunity to develop it with support from the festival, apply to be a Playwright-in-Residence. Participants in this program will work with dramaturges to create new scripts of any length. A reading of each script will be presented as part of the festival programming.


More from Paprika!
All participants attend the four mandatory Festival Training Days. Participants will also get the chance to see free performances at various arts institutions throughout the city.

Contact Artistic Producer, Rob Kempson, at

All participants must be available for 2010 Festival Dates (March 17-28, 2010) as well as tech times in the week prior. No exceptions.

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