Artist Training

Odyssey regularly holds workshops for theatre professionals, often in specialized skills and theatre forms not taught elsewhere in Canada. Past workshops have included: mask, Commedia, improvisation, experimental puppetry, dance-theatre, and more. We have also provided training in international dance-theatre forms including Peking Opera, Indonesian Wayang Wong, Indian Kathakali, and Sri Lankan Kolam. Actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and teachers have participated in our workshops.

Upcoming Workshops:

Artistic Directing for Independent Theatres – SOLD OUT
Six sessions – October 2019-April 2020

Designed to inspire and offer practical assistance to the leaders of Ottawa’s vibrant independent theatre scene, the workshop series will examine the role of the Artistic Director in a range of company models, and provide ideas for effective leadership of a Theatre. Open to current and aspiring Artistic Directors, the sessions will tackle topics such as: articulating artistic vision; creating an identity in the theatre community; having an impact on theatre and on the public; financing your vision; effective grant writing; developing a company structure, including Board of Directors and staff; sustainability; managing creative relationships; and much more.

Cost: Thanks to the subsidies of all presenting partners, the workshop series is offered at a modest rate of $150 (+HST) for all six sessions. A further reduced rate of $100 (+HST) is available for subscribers to Odyssey’s Theatre Professionals Network – sign up below.

Read the full workshop overview here.

Sign up here. Application deadline: October 1, 2019.

NB: To reserve your spot you must fill out the online application form above and pay the workshop fee. Call 613-232-8407 to pay by MasterCard or Visa, or mail or drop off a cheque to 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Ottawa Fringe and Arts Court.

If you would like to join Odyssey’s Theatre Professionals’ Network and receive notices about: upcoming workshops; auditions; administrative, production and artistic jobs; and performance discounts for theatre professionals, please sign up here:



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