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“Paprika Festival” featuring Elena Belyea, Daniel Sarah Karasik, Anusree Roy and Merlin Simard

June 2 @ 12:00 am - June 13 @ 12:00 am EDT


This June, the 20th Anniversary Paprika Festival will feature a combination of filmed performances, audio recordings, and live-streamed events. Over 30 young and emerging artists will be showcased, offering an unparalleled look into the future of Canadian theatre.
The 20th Anniversary is a celebration of the artists who have been training with us over the last two years. Exploring a wide range of storytelling formats and performance techniques, this landmark Festival is a testament to the ways that Paprika continues to push boundaries and challenge traditional structures of theatre-making.
As the home of the emerging artist, Paprika is more committed than ever to building professional development opportunities that allow artists to flourish and succeed in the theatre industry. We’re energized by the connection and collaboration these artists have found through Paprika during these unpredictable times.
With more programming, more artists, and more ways to engage with Paprika than ever before, join us in celebrating 20 years of the Paprika Festival… where the future of theatre begins.

Festival events featuring the work of PGC Members include:

Content Creation + Digital Dramaturgy with Elena Belyea
June 2nd, 3pm ET

Hi! I’m Elena, I’m a playwright/sketch writer, and my apartment is never cleaner than when I have a deadline. (I’m pretty sure the hardest part of writing, at least for me, is stapling my ass to my chair long enough to do it). This workshop is designed to get your creative juices flowing, to unstick even the most determined writers’ block, and experiment with new ways of making and writing for both live and digital audiences. See you there! x

Centre Court
June 3rd, 6pm ET
Centre Court is TPM’s new online youth arts program, created with their outreach partner, Scadding Court Community Centre. Twelve young artists from the community will be working with poet Sheniz Janmohamed, theatre artist-producer Kevin Matthew Wong, theatre artist April Leung, and artist-dramaturge Merlin Simard to explore the vibrant world of artistic creation for 8 weeks, culminating in a work-in-process showcase at the festival.

Rose’s Buds
June 4th, 7pm ET
Rose’s Buds is an all Trans cabaret and talk show! Come for a night of heart bearing art and thoughtful conversations!
Featuring Daniel Sarah Karasik

“Letters to my Grandma” by Anusree Roy
June 11th at 8pm ET
Letters to my Grandma, is a beautiful one-woman play by Anusree Roy that explores an intergenerational relationship between a South Asian-Canadian woman and her aging grandmother in India. The play flows between the past and the present, as Malobee discovers her grandmother’s fight to survive the 1947 India-Pakistan partition, unearthing layers of multi-generational hatred and fear between Hindus and Muslims. These letters tie both women together, as Malobee navigates her life in Canada, with her new hybridized, immigrant, identity.

See full festiva programming here:


June 2 @ 12:00 am EDT
June 13 @ 12:00 am EDT
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