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Odyssey Theatre is seeking a creative artist as a Theatre Designer for part of our 38th season of theatre in Ottawa’s Strathcona Park. The Designer will draw largely from Odyssey’s existing stock to create costumes and a set for two performances this summer.

Odyssey is renowned for its award-winning productions that weave language with masked performance, Commedia dell’Arte, puppetry, music and culturally diverse forms of dance-theatre. From August 12-18, we are staging a creative arts (Myth, Lore and Stories of Wonder) fair to bring together artists, youth and diverse audiences to explore myth and legend through workshops, theatre, dance, story-telling and exciting community arts events.

The Designer will work with the Directors of two projects that part of our summer series:

  • Laurie Steven will be directing a workshop production of a new script, The Girl With No Hands;
  • Eleanor Crowder will be leading an environmentally staged performance by Odyssey’s young company at different locations throughout the park.

The Designer will work with the two Directors to develop a design concept for each of the two productions. They will draw largely on costumes, set pieces and masks from Odyssey’s stock, supplemented by purchased/rented items to create:

  • costumes and masks for the workshop and young company performances;
  • set pieces for the workshop production; and,
  • a stage backdrop for the workshop and other performances on Odyssey’s outdoor stage.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Theatre design training and experience;
  • Experience creating sets or costumes;
  • Good organizational skills;
  • Positive, professional attitude;
  • Ability to show initiative and work independently;
  • Collaborative team player.

Dates and Pay

This is a contract position from June 17 to August 20, 2024.  The fee is $ $1,600-2,000 based on experience. Schedule flexible but attendance at some rehearsals between August 5-16th will be required.

Odyssey is committed to providing a welcoming and supportive workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We value diversity and inclusion and welcome and encourage applicants regardless of gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

How to apply:

Please send a resume and a cover letter which focuses on your interest in Odyssey and what you would bring to the projects plus three references to: Laurie Steven, Artistic Director at Applications will be considered as received.

All applications will be held in confidence. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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