The Lab humanizes global politics through performance. We cultivate a distinctive global community of collaborators that includes students, emerging and established artists, educators, policy leaders, and activists. Our work harnesses narrative, memory, and acts of witnessing with the aim of sparking transformation and change.
Inside The Lab
The Laboratory For Global Politics And Performance Presents The World Premiere In-Person Performance of Melisande Short-Colomb’s Original Work, Here I Am, With New Dates In April
When music, movement, and bodies all come together to fill the vacuum in space, the arts can become a tool in guiding the audience to a state of belonging. Global Lab Fellow Sonya Armaghanyan recounts her experience at the East African Nights of Tolerance Contemporary Dance Festival, … MORE
The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics Presents the In-Person World premiere of Here I Am with a Screening of the Documentary Film-in progress I Am The Bridge.
What People Are Saying
“That is why I think this effort that The Lab is doing today is so critical…the power of performance, the power of storytelling, and the power of narrative, are absolutely essential. In my mind, they are some of the only things that can actually have an influence on the political dialogue in this very, very peculiar moment in the politics of the United States and Europe.”
Joel HellmanDean of Georgetown School of Foreign Service
“The Lab brings policy experts, employees from the State Department and embassies, American and global theater practitioners, students, and community members that can speak firsthand to the experiences you’re depicting on stage all in the same room-commenting and asking questions of your piece. There is no place besides The Lab that can create a conversation on a play like this. It was invaluable.”
Heather RaffoPlaywright and Lab Think Tank Member
“[The Lab’s] goal is to put a human face on global politics…The nuts and bolts of it is to put people in a room from wildly diverse beliefs, political postures, cultural identities, and have them reckon with these issues that impact millions of lives today.”