Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

Odyssey participates in the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants Program to support writers and collaborative creators working in the field of physical theatre arts, which includes: mask, clown, Commedia dell’Arte, circus arts, puppetry, and dance-theatre.

In 2023 Odyssey is supporting five amazing theatre artists and collectives to create new works in the fields of physical theatre.

Applications for 2024 open September 5th!

We welcome applications from professional writers and creators of all races cultural backgrounds; abilities; gender identities or expressions; religions; and sexual orientations. We encourage applications from artists working with diverse theatre forms.

What are we looking for?

Odyssey gives priority to innovative projects that incorporate one or more of the following:

  • A discipline related to physical theatre, including mask, Commedia dell’Arte, bouffon, clown, puppetry, and dance-theatre;
  • Theatre forms from diverse cultural traditions;
  • Artists who have established skills in above areas.

Who is eligible?

Grant recipients must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, an Ontario resident, and a professional artist. For more information on program eligibility, please visit the Guide to OAC Project Programs.

Who and what are not eligible?

  • Theatre organizations that receive operating funding from the Ontario Arts Council;
  • The creation of non-theatre work;
  • Productions costs, workshop costs and/or equipment costs;
  • Works that have been completed prior to being notified by Odyssey;
  • Submissions from artists who have outstanding reports from previously awarded OAC grants.

How much can I apply for?

Applicants can request between $1,000 and $3,000. Odyssey has a small program and generally awards $1,000 for a specific phase of work.

How to apply:

Applications must be completed and submitted through NOVA, Ontario Arts Council’s online grant application system.

Please ensure that your application includes the following:

  • Basic information about your project;
  • Your answers to the application questions;
  • The name of the recommender you are applying to (Odyssey Theatre);
  • A script sample (if the work is devised or non-verbal, please include a synopsis and a detailed description of your planned creation process);
  • Support documents, including C.V.’s of all lead creators.

Please feel free to contact the Theatre with questions or to discuss your project by phone at 613-232-8407 or email at

DEADLINE: January 12th 2024 at 1PM

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.