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Dr. Natalie Alvarez

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Dr. Natalie Alvarez

(she/her)

Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies

Education

  • BA English
  • MA English
  • PhD Theatre Studies

Email: natalie.alvarez@ryerson.ca

Extension: 543587

Natalie Alvarez is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies in Ryerson’s School of Performance where she teaches courses in performance history and theory. She is the author of Immersions in Cultural Difference: Tourism, War, Performance (University of Michigan Press, 2018), winner of the 2019 Ann Saddlemyer Book Prize awarded by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR). She is Associate Editor of the Canadian Theatre Review and editor of two books on Latina/o Canadian theatre: Latina/o Canadian Theatre and Performance (Playwrights Canada Press, 2013), winner of CATR’s 2014 Patrick O’Neil Award and Fronteras Vivienties: Eight Latina/o Canadian Plays (Playwrights Canada Press, 2013), winner of the 2015 Patrick O’ Neil Award. She has also served as the editor of a number of journal special issues. She is co-editor with Keren Zaiontz (Queen’s) and Claudette Lauzon (SFU) of Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and her book Theatre& War is currently in press as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Theatre& series. Her work has been featured in a variety of international anthologies and journals including Theatre Journal, TDR, Contemporary Theatre Review, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Theatre Research in Canada. In 2013, she was awarded the Richard Plant Essay Prize by CATR.

Natalie is the Principal Investigator of a four-year SSHRC Insight Grant, “Scenario Training to Improve Interactions Between Police and Individuals in Mental Health Crisis: Impacts and Efficacy”, which uses performance as a nexus for multidisciplinary research across the humanities and social sciences. With co-investigators Dr. Yasmine Kandil (Victoria) and Dr. Jennifer Lavoie (WLU), the project brings together a national team of theatre practitioners, simulation training experts, police trainers, mental health clinicians, forensic psychologists, and individuals with lived experience of mental illness to design, and measure the efficacy of, problem-based scenario training in de-escalation and mental health crisis response.

  • Immersive performance in the public spher
  • Performance and scenario-based pedagogy
  • Contemporary political performance
  • Latina/o-Canadian theatre and performance
  • Performance activism
  • Performance theory

Scenario Training to Improve Interactions Between Police and Individuals in Mental Health Crisis: Impacts and Efficacy

Year: 2017-2021

Role: Principal Investigator

Funded by: Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

 

A Scenario-Based Training Curriculum and Evaluation Framework for Training Police to Respond to People in Mental Health Crisis

Year: 2019-2020

Role: Co-Investigator

Funded by: Ministry of the Solicitor General

 

Alvarez, Natalie. Theatre & War. Palgrave Macmillan (in press). 

Alvarez, Natalie, Claudette Lauzon, and Keren Zaiontz, eds. Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 

Alvarez, Natalie and Keren Zaiontz. “Performative Conduct for Precarious Times.” Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions and Rights Emergencies in the Americas. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 41-65.

Alvarez, Natalie. Immersions in Cultural Difference: Tourism, War, Performance. University of Michigan Press, 2018.

Alvarez, Natalie, ed. Fronteras Vivientes: Eight Latina/o Canadian Plays. Playwrights Canada Press, 2013.

Alvarez, Natalie, ed.  Latina/o Canadian Theatre and Performance. Playwrights Canada Press, 2013.

Alvarez, Natalie. “Roots, Routes, RUTAS.” Theatre Research in Canada, special issue on international festivals.  40.1 & 2 (2019): 27-41.

Alvarez, Natalie and Keren Zaiontz. “Feminist Performance Forensics: Installation, Testimony, Evidence.” Contemporary Theatre Review: Contemporary Feminist Theatre and Performance. 28.3 (2018): 285-298. 

Alvarez, Natalie. “Latina Performance North and Transnational Acciones Against Feminicide in the Americas.” (Re)Positioning the Latina/o Americas: Theatrical Histories and Cartographies of Power. Eds. Jimmy Noriega and Analola Santana. Southern Illinois University Press, 2018. 249-263.

Alvarez, Natalie. “Presumptive Intimacies and the Politics of Touch: ‘Strategic Culture’ in Simulations of War.” Performance Studies in Canada. Eds. Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer. 

McGill-Queens University Press, 2017. 161-183.

Alvarez, Natalie. “Wanderspiele”, “TALES”, and “Gloss on Astigmatisms.” Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage. Ed. Daniel Sack. Routledge, 2017. 246, 196, 33.

Alvarez, Natalie. “Foul Play: Soccer’s ‘Infamous Thespians’ and the Cultural Politics of Diving.” TDR: the Journal of Performance Studies 60:1(Spring 2016): 10-24. 

Alvarez, Natalie. “Affect Management and Militarism in Alberta’s Mock Afghan Villages: Training the ‘Strategic Corporal.’” Theatres of Affect. Ed. Erin Hurley. Playwrights Canada Press, 2014. 14-37.