Professional Artists


The Bonds of Interest Workshop – August 21 to 29, 2017 in Ottawa
By Jacinto Benavente – New translation by Catherine Boyle
Directed by Laurie Steven, Odyssey Theatre Artistic Director
Toronto Audition Date: April 13, 2017
Ottawa Audition Date: April 19, 2017

Please email your cover letter, resume, and headshot to

Successful applicants must bring a hard copy to their audition.
Deadline: April 5, 2017

Odyssey welcomes culturally diverse actors. Mask and movement skills are assets. We will contact successful candidates with audition appointments.

Preparation: One classical comedic monologue (length: up to 90 seconds). Successful applicants will also be asked to prepare a side from the play, to be provided April 5th.


Crispina scoundrel, a schemer, a philosopher 

LeandroCrispin’s accomplice but a romantic lover at heart 

Innkeepera rough and emotional businessman able to don the pretentious air of a maître di 

El Capitan boastful coward and mad dreamer, tinged with the bitterness of a soldier returning from war 

Arlequin a foolish servant with overtones of a deep-thinking poet 

Doña Sirenaa passionate wealthy widow on the surface, a wily schemer underneath 

Colombinavivacious young servant to Doña Sirena, her sense of romance is paired with cleverness 

Polichinela – crass and ruthless crook, whose wealth gains him social standing – he could be friends with Al Copone and Batman’s The Penguin 

Polichinela’s Wifea tattered trophy wife, with an addiction to flashy jewels & a yearning for class 

SilviaPolichinela’s daughter and innocent romantic lover to Leandro 

Two versatile actors (male or female) also needed to play roles including Inkeeper’s servants, friends of Doña Sirena, El Doctor, and Pantalon.

For more information: call 613-232-8407 or email

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)