In addition to partnering with more than 50 theaters, embassies, and cultural, educational, activist and social service organizations, The Lab is deeply committed to shaping and being active participants in a group of innovative core initiatives that strengthen the field and foster vital new interdisciplinary, cross-sector, and cross-cultural relationships and opportunities.

The Global Theater Initiative

The Global Theater Initiative (GTI) is a partnership between The Lab and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theater. By combining the unique reach of TCG’s international programming with The Lab’s distinctive experience in humanizing global politics through the power of performance, GTI strengthens, nurtures, and promotes global citizenship and international collaboration in the U.S. professional and educational theatre field. It also honors and intersects with the work so many theater colleagues have invested in cross-cultural exchange and understanding. GTI is uniquely positioned to become the engine behind the growth of US theater into the international sphere, and the hub for new international activities that will break down barriers of inequality between the ‘developed’ and ‘developing world’.

The International Theatre Institute

The International Theatre Institute (ITI), founded in 1948, was founded under UNESCO’s goals on culture, education and the arts, and which focuses its endeavors on improving the status of all members of the performing arts professions. ITI creates platforms for international exchange and engagement in the education of the performing arts, for beginners and professionals alike, as well as using the performing arts for mutual understanding and peace. ITI has now developed into the world’s largest organization for the performing arts, with more than 90 Centers spread across every continent. GTI serves as the collaborative leadership of the U.S. Center of ITI.

ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts

ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts (UNITWIN) includes more than 20 higher education and research institutions around the world. The goals of UNITWIN are to make education in the performing arts accessible to all populations of students regardless of socio-economic condition, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, culture or nationality, and to exchange knowledge and best practices and initiate collaboration between members of the Network. The UNITWIN co-directors are Gong Baorong from Shanghai Theatre Academy and Derek Goldman from The Lab.

The World Theatre Map

The World Theatre Map, developed by HowlRound, is a user-generated directory and real time map of the global theatre community built in a digital commons, free and open to all. The World Theatre Map aims to make the field visible to itself by providing a collectively-owned, people-powered infrastructure to connect isolated theatermakers to vital information resources and knowledge. The World Theatre Map was launched in collaboration with the Global Theater Initiative.

Climate Lens Initiative

Climate Lens Initiative is a network of theatre makers and culture workers ​who ​pursue an imaginatively expansive approach to the phenomena of climate chaos, seeking new perspectives that include but also move beyond questions of politics and policy–and beyond expressions of fear, anger, and despair.