Generation (Wh)Y was an intimate live performance that moved through multiple spaces exploring real experiences from global voices and the poetry of everyday life. This immersive theatrical experience of innovative multi-media performances resulted from year-long dialogue and encounters between Georgetown students and youth from Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Qatar, and Iraq that grew out of the Fall 2014 “Culture and Diplomacy” course taught be Professors Derek Goldman and Cynthia Schneider. The Generation (Wh)Y devising ensemble sparked conversations around the world about the hopes, perspectives, and experiences of the next generation.

The Lab collaborated with LaGuardia Community College in New York, a fellow recipient of a Building Bridges grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, on Generation (Wh)Y, and LaGuardia students were part of the performing ensemble.

Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

Generation (Wh)Y: Global Voices on Stage was part of Myriad Voices: A Cross-Cultural Performance Festival, which was made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The festival was also presented in collaboration with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World AffairsBridges of Understanding, and the GU Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

The Generation (Wh)Y ensemble participates in a post-show discussion, led by Lab Fellow Asif Magid. (Photo by C. Stanley Photography.)

Watch the livestream of Generation (Wh)Y: Global Voices on Stage, courtesy of HowlRound TV: