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April 25, 2024

In Your Shoes Workshop with the Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics

In Your Shoes™ harnesses the power of theatrical performance, dialogue, and deep listening to surface and celebrate the perspectives and experiences that shape who we are and how we interact. Created and developed across the globe over two decades by Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics Director Derek Goldman, In Your Shoes offers an innovative experiential experience that lays the foundation for fostering productive civil discourse and countering polarization.

In this fun and engaging workshop session, open to all, participant engaged in group activities that introduced the core concepts and approach of In Your Shoes, building skills for deep listening and empathy in our divided world. Prof. Goldman and members of the In Your Shoes team led participants through the process and introduced opportunities for future involvement. No previous performance experience was necessary.

In January 2023, the Lab launched the In Your Shoes™ Research & Practice Center as a hub for research, training, and facilitation. Through the center, the Lab is scaling In Your Shoes™ both on Georgetown’s campus and beyond it. The center is dramatically expanding its offerings and building a dynamic international In Your Shoes™ ecosystem of facilitators, participants, and researchers, as well as an expansive network of collaborators and partners on Georgetown’s campus and across the globe. Learn more about the Lab at

This Georgetown Global Dialogues workshop was a collaboration with the Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics at Georgetown University.


Headshot of Derek Goldman.

Derek Goldman

Dr. Derek Goldman is an award-winning international stage director, playwright, producer, festival director, adapter/ deviser, curator, and published scholar. He serves as artistic and executive director of the Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics (The Lab) at Georgetown University. He is professor of theater and performance studies at Georgetown with a joint appointment in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Foreign Service as professor of global performance, culture, and politics.