Ryan Harrison, Curriculum Developer

Since inventing the internet with Al Gore in the early ‘90s, Ryan has searched for other meaningful ways to make an impact on society. After high school, his quest led him to Northwestern University, where he modeled for figure-drawing classes and received a B.S. in Theater. (Yes, Northwestern awards bachelor of science degrees in theater. Curiously, it also offers bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy. Oh, wait. That makes sense.) Since graduating, Ryan has begun a second career as writer, educator and performer. In 2008, he co-founded the deservedly popular LA sketch comedy troupe Lost Moon Radio with fellow Northwestern alum and Catalyst Director of Curriculum Frank Smith (who presides over all of our curriculum and is pictured on our team page wearing a lobster bib). Ryan also has extensive experience working as a tutor, specializing in prep for the SAT and ACT. Aside from crafting curriculum at Catalyst, Ryan volunteers at Minds Matter, an educational non-profit that helps prepare high-achieving underprivileged students for college. He’s also a high-valued informant for the FBI and resides in hiding in Los Angeles.

Why He Works for Catalyst

The restroom was for employees only.

How the Universe Has Punished Him for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker


Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite Nobel Laureate

Raising Arizona / Melvin Schwartz (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1988)