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May 20th to May 26th, 2019

Paprika Festival, recognized as one of the most critical launching pads in Toronto’s theatre ecology for young and emerging artists, is thrilled to announce its lineup for the 18th annual Festival opening May 20th at Native Earth Performing Earth. Featuring over 20 young and emerging artists, Paprika Festival continues to offer an unparalleled look into the future of Toronto theatre with this year’s artists staging works of resilience and protest.

As the home of the emerging artist, Paprika is more committed than ever to building professional development opportunities that allow young and emerging artists to flourish and succeed in the theatre industry. Just in the past year, several Paprika alumni have continued to find success on Toronto stages: A Perfect Bowl of Pho by Nam Nguyen (Productions 17/18) had an extraordinary remount presented by fu-GEN Theatre and Factory Theatre; The Heels of Our Grandfathers by Cole Forrest (Productions 17/18) was presented in North Bay’s On The Edge Fringe; and the inaugural Indigenous Arts Program project, S.O.S. Saving Our Sovereignty by Out of Sync Collective ( Theresa Cutknife , Pesch Nepoose , and Jesse Wabegijig ) was presented as part of the 31st Weesageechak Festival at Native Earth Performing Arts.

“Paprika, the organization as a whole, has contributed immensely to the Toronto theatre ecology, consistently creating vital space for young artists to collaborate, explore and be seen. I am consistently blown away by the passion of performances and the innovation in ideas.” (Marjorie Chan, Artistic Director – Cahoots Theatre)

We are thrilled that over 20 core participants plus over 40 artists will be taking the stage at Native Earth Performing Arts’ Aki Studio. Paprika’s six free programs (which, for the first time this year, include participant honorariums ) offer a flexible, personalized alternative to traditional theatre training and allow young and emerging artists to express themselves through performance. Paprika is dedicated to drawing a new generation of artists into the theatre community through (in the words of Andy McKim, Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille) “outreach work that is so exemplary, it serves as a model for our theatre industry. ”

With this year’s Paprika cohort celebrating resilience and protest through storytelling, multi-lingual performance, physical theatre, devised creation, and music, there is a lot to be excited about. Full Press Release

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