March 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. — The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab) is proud to announce the launch of the Lab Fellows program. Funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this 18-month virtual global residency program brings together exceptionally promising professionals (performers, producers, directors, writers, scholars, activists) from around the world who are working at the intersection of performance and politics, including practitioners of international affairs and performance.

The Lab has selected ten Fellows from five continents and a wide range of countries, including Syria, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Cambodia, Palestine, India, Pakistan, and the United States. The term for these inaugural Fellows will run through 2018.The Fellows are: Faisal Abu Alhayjaa, Reem Alsayaa, Jumana Al-Yasiri, Caitlin Cassidy, Chankethya Chey, Velani Dibba, Asif Majid, Devika Ranjan, Manuel Viveros, and Gideon Wabvuta.

Among the key features of the Fellows Program will be the networking and mentoring opportunities offered primarily through monthly virtual meetings and an in-person convening, hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for International Cultural Relations in August of 2017. The program is built on four central tenets: a global experience, virtual and in-person engagement, a strong peer network, and mentorship. The Fellows will continue to work within their own communities, spread out across the globe, as they learn online from each other and from mentors drawn from The Lab’s Think Tank, made up of thought-leaders, artists, and change-makers from around the world. A highlight of the Fellowship will be a week at the Edinburgh Festival where the Fellows will attend performances and engage in daily forums.

“After an incredibly competitive process, it is a tremendous honor to officially welcome this brilliant, courageous and visionary group of Fellows, each of whom embodies The Lab’s mission of harnessing the power of performance to humanize global politics,” says Lab Co-Founding Director Derek Goldman. “Taken together their work – as performers, writers, directors, scholars, activists and leaders – could not be more diverse or expansive. But as individuals each of them shares a fierce commitment to performance as a catalyst for transformation and the shaping of new understanding in contexts suffused with conflict and divisiveness.”

“At this tumultuous moment of division and intolerance, I take heart from our extraordinary inaugural Fellows – each one an innovative, positive change-maker in his/her community,” adds Lab Co-Founding Director Cynthia Schneider. “This will be an exciting year of new discoveries and new networks as they learn from each other’s triumphs and tribulations.”

To read more about the Lab Fellows click here.