Antaeus Odyssey Artists’ Workshop


Our vision is a community where our youth have access to positive adult role models and programs as an alternative to incarceration and to recognize the "hero" potential that each possesses.



The Odyssey Artists’ Workshop is a creative writing and theatre program for young adults from high-risk environments. The workshop teaches the structural elements of non-fiction writing as well as theater performance skills through the component of Shakespeare. The students craft and perform an original theater piece of their personal stories interwoven with selected characters and themes from Shakespeare’s plays.

Current Partners

William Tell Aggeler Opportunity High School
Homeboy Industries
Learning Works! Charter School
Van Nuys High School

Teaching Artists

The Antaeus Odyssey Artists' Workshop is led by artist and educator Elizabeth Berman, and Antaeus company member John Prosky. Our Teaching Artists are classically-trained actors and playwrights from within the company.

Elizabeth Berman began her career as a film editor in New York City before relocating to Los Angeles. She was a member of Holly Prado’s writers’ workshop for five years and then went on to earn an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Antioch University. She founded the non-profit Odyssey Writers’ Workshop, a creative writing program for at-risk teens in three Los Angeles High Schools which eventually merged with Antaeus to create the current program. Elizabeth has served on the boards of the Texas Council for Family Violence, the Harvard Westlake Annual Fund, the UCLA Lab School, UC Berkeley Parent’s Fund, The Gabriella Foundation and The Denan Project. Her work appears in the “Tender Ears” anthology and she is a contributor to the Malibu Times Magazine. Elizabeth is married to television and film producer Rick Berman. They have three children.  

John Prosky holds a BFA in Theater from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and an MFA in Acting and Directing from Cal State Long Beach. He has been a working actor since 1985 and is now based in Los Angeles. His theater credits include plays at such places as Arena Stage in Washington DC, The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis MN, Playwrights Horizon in New York City, The Delaware Theater Company in Wilmington DE, The Lucille Lortel Theater Off Broadway, and The Pasadena Playhouse, The Geffen Theater and The Mark Taper Forum here in Los Angeles to name but a few. He has also worked with such LA based acting companies as The Echo Theater, Incline the Theater Group, The Critical Mass Theater and he has been a member of the ensemble at Antaeus since 2000. He has re-occurred on such television shows as Medium, True Blood, Major Crimes, The Closer, Veronica Mars, Touch, and has guest starred on such shows as House, Fringe and Frazier. His film credits include The Devil Inside, Bowfinger, A.I.(artificial intelligence), Nutty Professor, The Hulk, Gods & Generals, and Straight Outta Compton. He has taught acting and Shakespeare for underserved youth, incarcerated youth, and students at the university level for the last 10 years. He is the head of the educational outreach program at Antaeus where he co-founded the Odyssey Artists Workshop. He is the proud son of the late Robert Prosky, proud father of Joseph Kai, and happy husband of actress Kimiko Gelman.

Our Teaching Artists include:

Ann Noble
Bo Foxworth
Ramon de Ocampo
John Sloan
R. Ernie Silva
Emily Chase
John Apicella
Rebecca Mozo
Joe Holt
Joanna Strapp
Darin Singleton

Jeff Torres
Jason Turner
Brian Abraham
Amad Jackson
Marcelo Tubert
Curtis Byrd
Micheal McShane