The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab) invites applications for the 2020-2021 cohort of its Fellows Program. The Lab’s mission is to humanise global politics through the power of performance. To this end, applications are welcomed from performing artists who also define themselves as community-based and/or globally-minded activists, educators, or policymakers working at the intersection of performance and politics/social justice.
The Fellows Program is an 18-month, transnational residency that connects Fellows to a community of peers, fosters collaboration, and inspires intersectional and international dialogue. Through the Fellows Program, The Lab nurtures novel artistic approaches and ways of thinking about how the arts engage critical social issues. Lab Fellows learn from each other, and grow both as individuals and as a group through the course of the Fellowship; new works and collaborations may develop along the way. Ultimately, the Fellowship contributes to the foundation of artists working at the intersection of politics and performance around the world.
Central to The Lab’s conception of the Fellows Program is a commitment to radical diversity, in many forms. The first, recently completed Lab Fellows cohort consisted of ten pathbreaking artists who exemplify this diversity in geography, socioeconomic status, race, religion, gender, sexual preference, national origin, politics, and so on. Fellows hailed from Cambodia, Colombia, Palestine, Syria, the US, Zimbabwe, and elsewhere. They are actors, directors, writers, clowns, scholars, producers, activists, dramaturgs, educators, and community leaders, all of whom hold a range of complex identities as artists, activists, professionals, and people. Fellows from this cohort, regardless of diversity of background and artistic practice, have experienced their Fellowship as membership in a second family. These inaugural Fellows will remain engaged in the next iteration of the Fellows program.
The program includes monthly virtual meetings (via Zoom), and two annual in-person convenings: one in summer 2020 in partnership with La MaMa Umbria in Umbria, Italy, and another in late spring 2021 in association with The Lab’s CrossCurrents Festival in Washington, DC. Travel and accommodation for both of these convenings will be fully funded. In addition, each Fellow can request up to $2,500 annually in funds from The Lab to support a range of activities. Fellows can propose to use funds for: travel to attend conferences and residencies, involvement in research trips and festivals, new collaborations with other Fellows, the development of individual work, or other relevant activities.