Derek Goldman, Co-Director

Derek Goldman is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University and co-Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. In 2016 he was honored to receive the prestigious President’s Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers. From 2007 to 2016, he served as Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown.

He is an award-winning stage director,FULL BIO

Cynthia P. Schneider, Co-Director

Cynthia P. Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, teaches, publishes, and organizes initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy, with a focus on relations with the Muslim world. Ambassador Schneider co-directs the Los Angeles-based MOST Resource (Muslims on Screen and Television). Additionally, she co-directs the Timbuktu Renaissance,FULL BIO

Jojo Ruf, Managing Director

Jojo Ruf has been working for The Lab since it was founded in 2012, and became the Managing Director in January of 2015. Prior to that, she worked for the National New Play Network, an alliance of nonprofit theaters across the US that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays, for five years,FULL BIO

Teddy Rodger, Communications and Global Connectivity Manager

Teddy Rodger joined The Lab in December 2017. Prior to that, she was Shakespeare Theatre Company’s inaugural Associate Director of Audience Development and Promotions. At STC, Teddy organized over 80 programs that connected STC’s mainstage works to new audiences, cultural organizations, museums, nonprofits, and government offices around D.C. She designed and launched STC’s ticket access program,FULL BIO

Aly Panjwani, Communications Assistant

Within the Culture and Politics program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Aly Panjwani is analyzing the role of education and the arts in conflict resolution and development. Furthermore, his research focuses on statelessness, occupation, and how the arts can be a powerful tool to express identity in oppression through storytelling. Aly is also a co-creator and performer in I Pledge Allegiance.FULL BIO