Director, Special Events - Odyssey Theatre
Volunteer Types: Arts, Crafts and Photography, Board Leadership, Communications and Marketing, Entertainment, Event planning and participation, Fundraising, Governance (Boards, Committees), Social Media, Special events and festivals, Writing
Organization types: Arts, Culture and Heritage
Ongoing (more than a year)
Application Deadline: February 3, 2024
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Are you interested and passionate about the arts? Looking for an opportunity to contribute to the community? Want to network and meet people, apply your talents in new ways and develop skills?

We are looking for creative and dynamic people to join our Board of Directors and help Ottawa’s award-winning premiere professional summer theatre achieve its exciting artistic plans. We offer a supportive, collaborative and inclusive environment and welcome people of different cultures, backgrounds and experiences as we seek to reflect the diversity of our community.

Director, Special Events
We are seeking a creative and dynamic new member who wants to make a difference as a Director, Special Events on our Board of Directors. You will work with the Board to help plan and stage exciting and entertaining public events to raise awareness and funds for the Theatre’s productions. You will develop imaginative events, launch publicity campaigns, and organize volunteers to run them. If you are creative, love working with people and have a flair for organization, this role is for you!

Board of Directors
As a non-profit charity, our Board of Directors plays a critical leadership role in helping Odyssey achieve its artistic mandate. Board members are asked to attend approximately 10 meetings per year, and to join a committee or get involved with a specific Board project. Members can expect a time commitment of 6-10 hours per month, for a two-year term.

About Odyssey Theatre
We introduced open-air theatre to Ottawa in 1986. For 37 years, we have been enchanting audiences with our Theatre Under the Stars by the banks of the Rideau River in Strathcona Park. Odyssey’s award-winning productions are renowned for their highly skilled performances and imaginative staging featuring masks and physical movement. We also present exciting theatre online, such as our new audio drama podcast, The Other Path, reaching audiences around the world. The Theatre supports creators of new works, provides training for artists and youth, and engages diverse communities underserved by the arts.

How to Apply:
Please send us an email outlining your interests along with a resume to [email protected]!

For more information, please visit our web site at:

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
You will enhance your interest and knowledge of the performing arts and different forms of theatre. You will have the opportunity to attend performances, rehearsals, workshops of new plays and other events and to interact with professional theatre artists. You will meet new people as part of a committed team working in a positive environment. You will assist local artists in creating new and innovative award-winning theatre that is unique in Canada. Most of all, you will have the satisfaction of making a contribution to the vibrancy and health of the local community and helping a successful and respected arts organization build a national and international profile for its work.
How will the organization benefit?
Board members are critical to our success. They represent the community in ensuring the proper governance of Odyssey Theatre as a non-profit, charitable organization. They help the company set broad policies and provide valuable skills and advice to the Artistic Director and General Manager. Board members help build community support and public awareness of our work and raise the funding and resources needed to create and perform our unique form of theatre.
Volunteer location:
Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON


John Forster
@Odyssey Theatre
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This position would be great for: Adults, Newcomers to Canada, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 1
Good for people interested in: Arts, Crafts and Photography, Board Leadership, Communications and Marketing, Entertainment, Event planning and participation, Fundraising, Governance (Boards, Committees), Social Media, Special events and festivals, Writing

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