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.


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Upcoming Workshops:

Promote Your Podcast Workshop

How to Leverage Podcasts For Your Arts Project 
As podcast audiences continue to rise, more and more people are using this medium to deepen relationships with their communities, build thought leadership and introduce valuable content or inspiring stories in a modern way. 
Whether you’ve considered launching your own podcast but are intimidated with where to start or the cost to get it off the ground OR you’ve recently launched and want to attract listeners, expand your reach, and set your show up for success this workshop is for you!
What you’ll learn:
  • Podcast formats and adapting art projects for success on podcast players 
  • What equipment and software services are required
  • Distributing your show on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify
  • Proven marketing tactics that are unique to podcasts
  • Measuring success of your show and analyzing your analytics 
  • Attracting sponsors and monetizing your show
Not only will you learn invaluable skills, but during the workshop, there will be a raffle for one free copy of Sam Laliberte’s Launch a Podcast on a Budget course and a 20% discount will be offered to all workshop participants.
There will be an opportunity for networking amongst attendees with interactive breakout rooms that allow for knowledge sharing and additional exposure.
We will also have time for Q&A and Sam to provide individual feedback on your show concept.
Sam Laliberte is the Host and Producer of the Freedom Lifestyle Podcast which features celebrity guests and globally recognized brand sponsors such as WeWork, Fiverr and Bumble.  She’s produced >50 podcast episodes across 4 seasons in 3 years.
Sam has also helped more than 1000 aspiring podcasters launch, grow and monetize their podcasts. She’s the creator of Launch a Podcast on a Budget, is a Fiverr Pro Podcast Consultant with almost 100 five star reviews and produces podcasts for various clients via her boutique podcast agency. 
This FREE workshop will take place on November 30th from 1:30pm-4:30pm over Zoom. Space is limited so be sure to sign up now!
This workshop is presented with support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

Past Workshops:

Storytelling and Mask Workshop

Over the weekend of January 10-12th, 2020, we offered a free workshop to members of the Four Nations Exchange, an Indigenous grassroots theatre group led by Suzanne Keeptwo. Our Artistic Director Laurie Steven partnered with Saskatoon-based Cree theatre artist Curtis Peeteetuce to guide participants through exercises in mask and physical theatre to uncover stories and characters within them to share with the group. We closed the workshop with a short presentation for friends and family.
Laurie and Curtis were both blown away by the creativity, honesty, and courage of all the participants. Everyone took such different directions with the masks and enormous steps forward in their artistic practices. Below is a sampling of what some of the participants had to say about what they learned from the workshop:
“I felt I learned so much more from this workshop than I could ever expect. It helped me focus on the art of live performance from the ground up from beginning to our conclusion.”
“I learned not to be afraid…that I can do this. I can use my voice and my actions to make a difference – make you laugh, think or cry!”
We offer many thanks to Suzanne for all her help organizing the workshop, to Curtis for sharing his theatrical approach, and to the incredible group of artists who participated. A special thanks to The University of Ottawa Theatre Department and Arts Court for their important support of this initiative.

Curtis Peeteetuce is a theatre artist from the Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation. He is a former Artistic Director of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company and playwright of the popular Rez Christmas Story series. A descendant of Almighty Voice, Curtis is also a director, grass dancer, and storyteller.

Laurie Steven is a playwright, director, dramaturge, and the founding Artistic Director of Odyssey Theatre. Laurie has taught mask, Commedia dell’Arte, improvisation, and writing for physical theatre at the University of Ottawa, community theatres, and high schools, as well as to professional actors through Odyssey.


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 examined the role of the Artistic Director in a range of company models, and provided ideas for effective leadership of a Theatre. Open to current and aspiring Artistic Directors, the sessions tackled 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.

Read the full workshop overview here.

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

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