Professional Artists

Directing for Mask Workshop
Monday, December 12th, 2016 – 10am to 4pm
Ideal for professional and emerging professional directors/creators interested in gaining an introductory exploration into the different techniques and approaches involved in directing for mask theatre. The workshop, part discussion, part practical, will be led by Odyssey Theatre Artistic Director Laurie Steven, with over 30 years experience directing mask theatre.
There is no fee but registration is required and space is limited.
To confirm your interest in participating contact Odyssey Theatre at 613-232-8407 or

Deadline: Wednesday, December 7th 5pm

Annually, Odyssey offers in-depth professional training in a specific area of our form of theatre, often in collaboration with guest artists and choreographers from across the country and abroad.

Introduction to Mask and Commedia dell’Arte
Each year, Odyssey introduces actors to mask manipulation techniques, the characters of Commedia, improvisation and the development of comic routines called lazzi. Actors returning to the program can cultivate new characters and new lazzi. Past participants have gone on to play on our main stage.


Previous workshops held in: mask, Commedia, improvisation, physical theatre, clown, bouffon, puppetry Baroque movement, contemporary dance-theatre, Indonesian Wayang Wong, Indian Kathakali, Japanese Kyogen, Sri Lankan Kolam, Peking Opera

Past Canadian theatre workshop leaders include: Anjali, Valerie Dean, Almut Ellinghaus, Dean Gilmour, Fiona Griffiths, Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, William Lau, Kevin McKendrick, Felix Mirbt, John Nolan, Richard Pochinko, Robin Patterson, Bill Rowatt, Kim Selody, Alex Sideris, Laurie Steven

Past Canadian dance choreographer workshop leaders include: Peter Chin, Xing Bang Fu, Tedd Robinson, Pierre-Paul Savoie

Past international guest artists include: Alberto Fortuzzi (Italy), Matsumoto Kaoru (Japan), Wiryawan Padmonojati (Indonesia), Piyasara Shilpadipathi and Ravibandu Vidyapathy (Sri Lanka)