Catalyst Collaborative@MIT

Festival Name: Catalyst Collaborative at MIT

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Host: Arts Center for Art, Science & Technology at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Underground Railway Theater, and Nora Theater Company 

Organization Type: Partnership to produce Science Theater

Overview of Organization: Catalyst Collaborative@MIT (CC@MIT) is a unique collaboration between MIT and Central Square Theater (CST), located only blocks from the MIT campus. CC@MIT is dedicated to creating and presenting plays that deepen engagement with science, while providing artistic and emotional experiences not available in other forms of dialogue about science. CC@MIT is committed to furthering approaches for investigating science and technology as part of the fabric of theater and life.

(Overview provided by the Catalyst Collaborative@MIT site)

Sponsors and Partners: Brabson Library & Educational Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Central Square Theatre, Theatre department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Nora Theatre Company, and Underground Railway Theater


Janet Sonenberg – Co Director

Debra Wise – Co Director

Alan Brody – Co Director

Alan Lightman – Artistic Co Director

History: Since its launch in 2005, CC@MIT has produced plays exploring a wide range of science content and theatrical form, including an adaptation of Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams, Peter Parnell’s QED about Richard Feynman, Brecht’s The Life of Galileo directed by David Wheeler, and From Orchids to Octopi–an evolutionary love story (commissioned by the National Institutes of Health and awarded Best New Play 2010 by the Independent Reviewers of New England).

(History provided by American Academy for Arts & Sciences)

2020 Season

Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson

Young Nerds of Color (Working Title)

Previous Season’s Shows (Main Stage):

2019 Season:


Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler

Truth Values

2018 Season: 

Constellations  by Nick Payne

The Women Who Mapped the Stars by Joyce Van Dyke

Frankenstein by Nick Dear

2017 Season:

Marjorie Prime by Jonathan Harrison

Paradise by Laura Maria Censabella

Precious Little by Madeleine George

2016 Season:

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

Proof by David Auburn

2015 Season:

Emilie — La Marquise Du Chatalet Defends her Life Tonight by Lauren Gundeson

Mr g – A Play about the Creation by Wesley Savick 

A Disappearing Number by Simon McBurney

2014 Season:

Sila by Chantal Bilodeau

2013 Season:

Operation Epsilon by Alan Brody

Distracted by Lisa Loomer

2012  Season: 

Photograph 51 by Anna Zielgler

Yesterday Happened: Remembering HM by Wesley Savick

2011 Season:

Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore

Truth Values

2010 Season:

Truth Values — one woman’s rom thought the MIT Male Math Maze by Gioia DiCari

Orchids to Octopi – and evolutionary love story  by Melinda Lopez

2009 Season:

Einstein’s Dreams by Wesley Savick

The Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

QED — An Evening with Richard Feynman by Peter Parnell

2008 Season:

QED — An Evening with Richard Feynman by Peter Parnell

2007 Season:

Einsteins Dreams by Wesley Savick


Entered by: Anna Galanides

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