Resistance Mic!
March 7, April 4 & May 16, 2018 at 8PM
Resistance Mic
Artists. Truth. Power.

The 2016 election inspired a broad-based Resistance not seen in the United States in decades. People from all walks of life have been protesting, marching, mobilizing, and organizing in an effort to take back our country and create a more compassionate and just world. Artists are vital to this work. This fall, the American Repertory Theater and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy – in collaboration with Pangyrus and other literary and arts initiatives – are launching a new series of intimate performances on the theme of “Resistance.” Each of these five evenings will feature a diverse group of artist-activists telling powerful stories and performing politically engaged works that read, move, sing, and speak truth to power in these troubled times.

Resistance Mic! is part of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series, an ongoing collaboration between the American Repertory Theater and Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Resistance Mic! will take place on Wednesdays @ 8pm @ OBERON, A.R.T.’s second stage theater, and will be co-hosted by Timothy Patrick McCarthy and Sarah Sweeney.

Resistance Mic! continues this spring with performances February 7, March 7, April 4, and May 16.   



Sarah Sweeney (@LooseGringa) is the author of Tell Me If You're Lying (Barrelhouse Books, 2016). Her poems and essays have appeared widely, including Washington Post, Salon, Catapult, Oxford American, and other venues. She works as a writer in Boston. Find her at

Timothy Patrick McCarthy (@DrTPM) is an award-winning scholar, educator, and activist who teaches at Harvard University. He is author or editor of five books from the New Press, including Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in the Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love, forthcoming in 2018. He is also the host and director of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series. Find him at


American Repertory Theater (@americanrep) at Harvard University is a leading force in American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under her leadership, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater
by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theater experiences. Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, as well as the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists. Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area.

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (@carrcenter) at Harvard Kennedy School trains future leaders for global careers in public service and social justice. Its research, teaching, publications, and programming are guided by a commitment
to make human rights principles central to
the formulation of good public policy in the United States and throughout the world.

Pangyrus LitMag (@Pangyrus) publishes stories, poems, essays and journalism that make artful and original connections, explore the unexpected, and break the constraints that keep people and ideas isolated.  Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we publish continuously online, and in print twice a year.  Currently we are accepting submissions for our Spring 2018 issue and a special Resistance themed edition.  You can find our latest publications and news at

Resisters for March 7, 2018:

Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times Bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football and, most recently, Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches at the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, and hosts the New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars” with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed.


Carolyn Riley is a Boston-based comedian who has established herself as a smart, fresh face in the comedy scene. At just 20 years old, Carolyn was selected to perform in the Hampton Beach Comedy Festival with Jimmy Dunn (CBS's "The McCarthys"). She was invited back in 2017 where she shared the stage with Lenny Clarke. Formerly The University of New Hampshire's "Funniest Person on Campus," she has opened for other national headliners including Chris Distefano (MTV's "Guy Code"), Juston McKinney, and Kelly MacFarland, and has appeared on John Fugelsang's "Tell Me Everything" on Sirius XM radio.  A former women's studies major, Carolyn served as a panelist on the 2016 Black New England Conference presentation on race, gender and class in popular humor. She can regularly be found performing at The Comedy Studio in Harvard Square.


Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at the Boston Book Festival, Merrimack College,The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and many others. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found in apt, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y, Word Riot, Muzzle, PANK, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Winter Tangerine Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out, received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize.


Kevin Holden is a poet, critic, and translator. He is the author of six books and chapbooks of poetry, including Solar, which won the Fence Modern Poets Prize, and Birch, which won the 2014 Ahsahta Chapbook Award. His writing has appeared in magazines and journals such as Conjunctions, The New Yorker, Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, 1913, and Jubilat, and his translations of poetry from French, German, and Russian have been widely published. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the department of comparative literature at Yale, and has taught at several colleges and universities including Iowa, Bard, Stonehill, and Harvard. He is also an activist, and his political work has been dedicated to three primary areas: to the labor movement, to queer rights and expression, and to ecological activism. He is currently a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and is the writer-in-residence of Kirkland House at Harvard.


Kat Geddes is a global health activist and IP lawyer whose secret loves are spoken word poetry and Union Square donuts. When she's not in sub-Saharan Africa promoting access to medicines, you can find her hunched over a black coffee in Tatte, scribbling poems, or sketching cartoons about racism, feminism, and woke squirrels. She has performed at the Lizard Lounge, won poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, and formed her own spoken word group, the Live Poets Society. Her poems and sketches can be found @karrotsandpeas.


Youth Underground (YU), the resident youth performance ensemble at Central Square Theater, creates and performs original theater that investigates social issues relevant to young people. Last year, they interviewed people in the community about the achievement gap, and Circle Up! was born. Circle Up! shows what’s going on in urban high schools by presenting the voices of real students, and the educators who work with them, as they describe the effects of opportunity gaps and implicit bias on their everyday lives. Youth Underground's Circle Up! was written by Betsy Bard and directed by Vincent Ernest Siders.


Press Releases

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy will present Resistance Mic!, a series of five intimate performances that celebrate and promote resistance, beginning in November.

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Ticket prices

$5 - 25

Run time

2 hours


OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668


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