Failure:Lab, an international movement showcasing personal stories of failure to help remove the stigma of the experience, will be held at Hope College on Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The one-of-a-kind format features a diverse blend of storytelling, music, theatre and audience interaction. Six storytellers will share their raw and candid experience of personal failure. Through vulnerability and honesty, the storytellers bluntly present their darkest hours. They share no lessons about overcoming adversity; the introspection is left up to the audience. Failure:Lab works to remove the stigma of failure and move towards community and conversation.

The speakers for Failure:Lab will include Jodi Beckman, Miss West Michigan 2015; Sharon Irving, singer and songwriter; Patrice Rankine, dean for the arts and humanities and professor of Classics at Hope; Rebecca Robrahn, director of creative services at Hope; Luisa Schumacher Resto, innovation enthusiast and executive; and Alton Voss, football player and speaker.

Failure:Lab’s success hinges on audience engagement, which takes place during and after the event through social media and organic conversations within the audience. During the musical breaks, audience members will have time to reflect and share their thoughts with others in the audience and via Twitter with the hashtag #FailureLab.

Failure:Lab began in 2012 when it was founded by a group of professionals in West Michigan. Their mission was to eliminate the fear of failure and encourage intelligent risk taking. The events showcase personal stories of failure, public crowdsourced lessons, and instigate discussion.

Tickets for Failure:Lab are $20 for the general public and $5 for Hope students, and can be purchased at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center at 100 E. Eighth St. The Events and Conferences Office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.  Tickets are also available online at

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The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St., between College and Columbia avenues.