» Catalyst: A Creative Industries Podcast

CatalystFrom Chapman University in Orange County California, Catalyst gives listeners a chance to learn about the Creative Industries through conversations with individuals from a wide array of backgrounds who are working in CI all over the globe. Hear how CI is influencing the public and private sector alike, and how local influences shape a region’s creative landscape. Hosts and CI ‘s biggest fans, Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia explore CI in the 21st century highlighting the people, policies and practices that are shaping today’s creative economy.

+ - Episode 004: Spain’s OFNI Jazz Trio Talks Music and Game of Thrones

OFINIt is a rare and wonderful day when you get to have a conversation with three talented and remarkable humans that speak to you in Spanish, English and drum beats. Such a day was afforded to us on September 19th, when a cultural connection with the Embassy of Spain resulted in a performance at Chapman by the critically acclaimed O.F.N.I. Jazz Trio.

Listen along as hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia sit down to a wild and free-flowing chat with the incredibly talented members of the O.F.N.I. Trio: double- bassist Pablo Caminero; pianist Moises Sanchez; and drummer Borja Barrueta. Fresh from the Monterey Jazz festival, the trio talk about the process of creating their music, what it’s like to transverse the music industry in multiple countries, and what we have all learned from the coming of Winter in Westeros.






+ - Episode 003: Creative Community Building with Kevin Staniec

Kevin StaniecHave you ever wanted to visit a book publisher where you can also check out an art gallery opening, and hear a live podcast taping all while enjoying a coffee that tastes like it mated with a cinnamon roll, called a dirty horchata? This question isn’t the result of a combined fever dream, we simply wanted to be able to say, Well, have we got the place for you!

Hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia sit down with Kevin Staniec, the founder of the 1888 Center, a nonprofit cultural and literary arts center now located in the heart of Old Town Orange in Southern California, where Kevin shares his passion for publishing, podcasting, and people.



+ - Episode 002: The Wild West of Television with Lisa Joy and Noreen O’Toole

Lisa JoySometimes life calls for safe reasonable choices, and sometimes it calls for you to dive head first into something you love. When is the right time for either of these? Who knows? Your answer is tied to a hundred different little things that make up who you are. A podcast can’t give you the answer, but it can talk to two highly successful women in the film and television industry that have developed their careers from very different paths.

Hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia talk with the Co-creator, Co-producer, Co-showrunner of HBO’s hit show “Westworld”, Lisa Joy, and multi-series producer Noreen O’Toole about their careers in the creative industries, how they got there and what drives them.





+ - Episode 001: What the $!@% is Creative and Cultural Industries? with Dr. Patrick Fuery

Patrick FueryFounded in 1861, Chapman University sits nestled among one of Orange, California’s iconic Craftsman and Victorian neighborhoods. A mere 30 miles from Los Angeles, and a stone’s throw from Santa Ana’s arts district and downtown Anaheim, Chapman University is a perfect incubator for an emerging Creative Industries program. But what is Creative Industries?

Hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia kick off the Catalyst Podcast by talking with the Dean of the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University, Dr. Patrick Fuery, to get the skinny on Creative & Cultural Industries. Dr. Fuery also answers the question of why the Liberal Arts is the perfect home for this program at the University.