Mask Creation Workshop



Unmask Your Creativity: Join Our Mask Creation Workshop! 

At Ottawa’s Odyssey Theatre, we have been creating powerful and imaginative masked theatre for almost 40 years!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn the art of theatrical mask making and to create your own mask with the extraordinary artist Clelia Scala.

During this one-week workshop, Clelia Scala will work with you as you design a theatre mask for a character of your choosing. Then she’ll guide you through the entire creative process, including face casting, sculpting, mold-making, painting, and finishing the mask for performance.

As the week progresses, you’ll receive insider tips and short hands-on practice in bringing your creation to life by Laurie Steven. Laurie is Odyssey’s Artistic Director, and an artist who specializes in writing for and directing masked performances.

If you are looking to develop new skills and enjoy a creatively invigorating experience, you won’t want to miss this workshop! No previous mask-making experience is required – just your imagination.



Monday July 8 – Friday July 12, 2024

9:30 am to 4:30 pm.



Visual Arts Department, University of Ottawa.

100 Laurier Avenue East.


Register Now!

Cost: $225 fee plus $50 for all your supplies.*

Artists can receive 10% off ($200 fee + $50 for supplies) by joining our Artists Mailing List. Email with your name and email address to join the list.

Space is limited – book your spot now! 

Recommended for ages 18 and up.


Workshop Leaders  

Clelia Scala is an artist who specializes in mask and puppet design with a special interest in exploring the fantastic through myths in which humans engage in extraordinary ways with the natural world. She has worked with organizations including: Bad New Days, Carousel Players, Geordie Theatre, Guilty by Association, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Suitcase in Point, Theatre Kingston, University of Missouri-St Louis Opera Theatre, Yale University, and Zacadia Circus. Clelia teaches theatre, mask, and puppet design at the DAN School of Drama & Music at Queen’s University. Her visual art has been shown in galleries in Canada and the United States. She received the 2019 Established Artist Award for the City of St Catharines. Clelia is Odyssey’s resident mask creator. You can see more of her work at

Laurie Steven is a Capital Critics’ award-winning director and writer who has specialized in masked performance for over 35 years. She is the founding Artistic Director of Odyssey Theatre and a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Arts Fellowship. Full bio.



 What Else to Know?

Bring a sketch book, pencil and eraser, and wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy! We will provide everything required to create your mask from start to finish. You are welcome to bring your personal sculpting tools or paintbrushes if you prefer.


Questions? Please call Britney Forget at 613-232-8407 or email her at



*Workshop fees are below cost and go towards paying artists and offsetting the cost of the workshop.