Youth Apprenticeship Program

Do you have a love for the stage? Considering a career in professional theatre? Odyssey’s Youth Apprenticeship Program provides a creative outlet to grow and expand your artistic interests.

During your apprenticeship, you’ll learn from professionals in the theatre industry. From acting to arts administration, the experts at Odyssey are here to train and mentor you. The program runs from the beginning of July to the end of August. All apprenticeships take place downtown at Strathcona Park and/or Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue.

Fill out an application form today! Deadline May 30.

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This year, students can choose to continue their apprenticeship through Branching Out, an optional extension of our Youth Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices will use the knowledge and training they acquire over the summer to create their own production honouring Canada’s 150th and perform it at 10 different locations across the Ottawa region.

Becoming an Apprentice
Joining the program is easy! Submit an application by May 30th. In June, you will be invited to an interview/audition. Successful candidates will join us in the summer.

Mentorship & Training
We offer hands-on experience from workshops in mask work, acting, and technical, to a career development seminar. Odyssey’s theatre professionals—actors, technicians, administrators, and directors—act as mentors throughout the program.

Areas of Specialization
Choose from one of six areas of specialization to focus on while working with Odyssey. A company mentor is assigned to each specialization and coaches apprentices for the summer.

Areas of Specialization include:

  • Performance Apprentices
    Performance apprentices will work with the director, stage manager and actors, and may take on small roles within our summer production in Strathcona Park.
  • Directing Apprentices
    Directing apprentices learn about blocking, character development, working with actors, and creating an artistic vision; they study the script and see how written words are used to create a stage production.
  • Front of House Apprentices
    Maintaining good relationships with our audiences is one of the many keys to our success. Front of House apprentices develop skills in customer service, communication, organization, and time management.
  • Stage Management Apprentices
    Stage management apprentices develop communication skills and learn how to manage equipment. They participate in the rehearsal process—working both backstage and on stage and with their mentor to manage props/stage set up.
  • Administrative Apprentices
    Social media, marketing, and publicity are a large part of ticket sales. Marketing/arts administration apprentices learn strategies to promote the performance and play an active role in fundraising campaigns. They gain a knowledge and understanding of the business and administrative skills necessary to manage a company.
  • Technical Apprentices
    Technical apprentices learn how to set up and operate equipment during rehearsal and the show. Through this position, apprentices will learn how to install and control a variety of behind-the-scenes elements required for a professional performance.

As a reward and thanks for all your hard work, you’ll receive an honorarium at the end that reflects the time and commitment to your apprenticeship.


Please download and complete the application form
and return with a copy of your resume to:
Odyssey Theatre
2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2