Natalie Alvarez is an Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts at Brock University. She is the author of Immersions in Cultural Difference: Tourism, War, Performance (U of Michigan Press 2018), and the co-editor of two books on Latina/o Canadian theatre and performance with Playwrights Canada Press (2014). She is the co-editor with Keren Zaiontz and Claudette Lauzon of Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas (in press with Palgrave MacMillan) and is currently at work on Theatre& War as part of Palgrave’s Theatre& series. In July 2018 she will be moving to Ryerson University’s School of Performance as Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies.
Natalie has also gathered together a national, multidisciplinary team for a four-year SSHRC-funded research project titled, “Scenario Training to Improve Interactions Between Police and Individuals in Mental Crisis: Impacts and Efficacy.” Our conversation covers Natalie’s recent book, Cultural Difference as well as her new work on the SSHRC project.