Mission & Vision


Mission & Vision

Performing Dangerously


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.

The Lab creates and presents innovative high-quality work from around the world that is at the intersection of politics and performance. Our approach raises voices rarely heard in Washington, DC through compelling, authentic, cross-cultural narratives, and engages policymakers, as well as artists, students, and wider audiences in forums that cast critical issues in a new light.
In the midst of increased polarization, division, conflict, and lack of understanding between peoples and cultures, The Lab works to bridge differences and offers opportunities to better understand each other.
Photo of Dance Performance
Nick Tsusaki (SFS ’15) and Lauren McManus (SFS ’16) in Generation (Wh)Y: Global Voices on Stage in 2015. (C. Stanley Photography)
Moderator Sonja Parks, Lab Fellow Manuel Viveros, Josette Bushell-Mingo, Lloyd Nyikadzino, and Nike Jonah (via Skype) speak in the session "Race, Colonization & Art: An Afro-Global Perspective." (Photo by T Charles Erickson)

Moderator Sonja Parks, Julius Tennon, Josette Bushell-Mingo, Lloyd Nyikadzino, and Nike Jonah (via Skype) speak as part of the 2016 Global Pre-Conference, Finding Home: Migration, Exile, and Belonging. (Photo by T Charles Erickson)

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