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About The Catalyst

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About The Catalyst

The Catalyst represents a distinct change of culture for SRC at The Creative School.

 We are the first large-scale space dedicated to scholarly, research, and creative (SRC) activities within The Creative School. Located on the 2nd floor of the Rogers Communication Centre, The Catalyst houses SRC projects, labs, and centres under one roof. We bring brilliant minds together from across all schools in The Creative School to explore, innovate, and impact the world we live in. The Catalyst serves to support potential, emerging, and ongoing projects coming from our researcher-creatives and their collaborators.

"The Creative School is renowned for its distinctive and vibrant culture of scholarly research, and creative (SRC) activities. Its nine schools and eighteen research centres make up a dynamic SRC ecosystem in which faculty and students work closely with community and industry partners to engage in path-breaking initiatives dedicated to real-world transformation.

An international leader in practice-based research, creative scholarship, and design thinking, The Creative School is a nexus for transdisciplinary research. The collaborative work of its faculty and students intervenes in society’s most pressing challenges, which require creative agility and exceed the capacity of any single discipline and any one individual. Dedicated to providing a strong infrastructure for SRC activities to thrive, The Creative School fosters a research culture that advances justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as foundational to SRC innovation, excellence, and relevance. The Creative School is home to bold creatives who are pushing the potential of new technologies to activate more accessible maker cultures, change sector practices, vitalize social movements, and bring more sustainable and equitable futures into being."

— Dr. Natalie Álvarez, Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies

Associate Dean, Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activities, The Creative School


Meet our Team

Natalie Alvarez

Natalie Álvarez

Associate Dean, Scholarly, Research & Creative Activities

Reem El Asaheh

Reem El Asaheh

Dimensions Chair

Natalie Ramtahal

Sarah Bukhari

Manager, Scholarly Research and Creative Activities

Natalie Ramtahal

Hyejin (Hiddy) Lee

Operations Coordinator

Stacey Berquist

Grants Support Specialist

Nirva Saatjian

Research Accounts Support Officer (RASO)

Francisco-Fernando Granados

Research Assistant