Odyssey is a professional mask and movement theatre company and not-for-profit, charitable organization in Ottawa. For over 30 years we have been delighting our audiences with imaginative, award-winning productions that tell universal stories in new, exciting, and thought-provoking ways.
We create innovative, entertaining and meaningful theatre through fairground arts including mask, clown, puppetry and physical theatre. Commedia dell’Arte, an Italian Renaissance theatre of masks, physical virtuosity, verbal play, comic inventiveness and satire that explores timeless struggles - class conflicts, power-plays, explosive generational dynamics and love’s dilemmas, has strongly influenced the company’s work.
In the summer of 1986 we launched our signature Theatre under the Stars. Since then, we have grown to include a Youth Matinee Series for children aged 5 to 12; a unique new play development program; annual training workshops for professional artists in mask, clown, puppetry, movement or culturally diverse theatre forms; youth apprenticeships that provide training, experience, and mentorship; and community workshops that build skills for students, teachers and community groups.