Dr Tatyana Terzopoulos
BAA, Radio and Television Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University
MA, Communication and Culture, Toronto Metropolitan University and York University
PhD, Language, Culture, and Teaching (Faculty of Education), York University
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Dr. Tatyana Terzopoulos is a Gemini award-winning creator, screenwriter, director, and producer who brings over 17 years of industry experience to her role as Assistant Professor in the RTA School of Media. Tatyana is an expert in and passionate advocate for children’s and youth media. She has worked with over two dozen broadcasters and production companies including TVO, Shaftesbury Films, Bell Media and Corus Entertainment on productions such as Connor Undercover, Max & Ruby, and the Social. Her research and consulting work focuses on school-aged children’s/youth media literacy, media (production) education, and media cultures; anti-racist and culturally-responsive pedagogy; youth-centered research methods; and feminist-informed media research and practice. She has developed media-based research projects with Branksome Hall/ Chandaria Research Centre and literacy-focused campaigns with YTV. She was awarded top-tier SSHRC grants including a distinction “in honour of Nelson Mandela” for her graduate research and has presented at international conferences including the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and the International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation (ICERI). She is actively engaged in youth-centered and equity-focused media-storytelling initiatives and is particularly interested in collaborations between industry, academia, and community organizations as well as supporting the advancement of the school’s EDI agenda and diversity in the creative industries. She has taught post-secondary courses on media production (studio), new media literacies, project development/practicum, research methods, creative processes, and children’s development.