Resistance Mic!
November 8, 2017 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.

Opening Night of Resistance Mic! is November 8 – the first anniversary of last year’s election. 

Upcoming Resistance Mic! events will be February 7, March 7, April 4 & 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

Anne Champion is the author of The Good Girl is Always a Ghost (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), Reluctant Mistress (Gold Wake Press, 2013),  and The Dark Length Home (Noctuary Press, 2017).  Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Crab Orchard Review, Epiphany Magazine, The Pinch, The Greensboro Review, New South, and elsewhere.  She was an 2009 Academy of American Poet’s Prize recipient, a Barbara Deming Memorial grant recipient, a 2015 Best of the Net winner, and a Pushcart Prize nominee.


Boyah J. Farah is a refugee turned writer from Somalia whose works of nonfiction have been featured in The Guardian, Salon, WGBH, Harvard Transition, Grub Daily, Somerville Times, and Truthdig. A Judy Layzer Fellow, he participated in the Memoir Incubator at GrubStreet Creative Writing School in Boston.


Literary performer Regie Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Regie competed for & received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. Himself & his work appear in “love jones” a feature-film based on events in his life. He’s been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, nominated for a Boston Emmy & has been a featured presenter for several TedX events. He’s served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts’ “How Art Works” initiative and the “Mere Distinction of Color,” an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier, examining the legacy of slavery & the U.S. constitution. Regie has performed with and composed texts for Boston City Singers, the Mystic Chorale, and the Handel+Haydn Society. His work has been published in Poetry magazine, Harvard Divinity Magazine, The Iowa Review, among others. His volume of poems, Storms Beneath the Skin, received the Golden Pen Award.

He is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Poetry, the Walker Scholarship for Poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a YMCA Community Writer’s Fellowship, the Lexington Foundation Education Grant, and is a 2017 recipient of the Brother Thomas Award from The Boston Foundation. Regie teaches at Clark University and is head instructor for the Mass Poetry “Poets in the Schools Program” at Lesley University. When Regie is not teaching, he is the lead singer for Atlas Soul, a world music, global funk ensemble and is Artistic Director of Shakespeare to Hiphop’s “Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy,” a multimedia performance focusing on the works and influence of William Shakespeare.

Jessica Halem, MBA is currently the LGBT Program Director for Harvard Medical School. She has been leading programs for social justice and organizational change since the 1990s. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she worked with former Congresswoman Bella Abzug to organize women leaders from around the world to advocate at the United Nations. Jessica was then recruited to lead the Lesbian Community Cancer Project in Chicago. And in 2008, she was asked to serve on Barack Obama's first LGBT Advisory Committee. While in Chicago, she trained at Second City where she cultivated her improv skills and led a successful comedy career for 15 years. Jessica has shared the stage with Lady Gaga, Indigo Girls, and Margaret Cho. She has been featured in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and on NPR.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, named an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection; one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, Book Riot, and the Huffington Post; a must-read for May by Goodreads,, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple and People; long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize and a finalist for a New England Book Award; one of the 10 best books of the year so far by Entertainment Weekly; and one of the best books of the year so far by and Book Riot. It was published May 16th in the US and May 18th in the UK, to be followed by the Netherlands, Turkey, Korea, Taiwan, Spain, Greece, Brazil, and France. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, and Yaddo, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich lives in Boston, where she teaches at Harvard.

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

Sarah Sweeney is the author of the essay collection, Tell Me If You’re Lying (Barrelhouse Books, 2016), and The Dark Length Home, a chapbook co-written with Anne Champion. Her essays and journalism have appeared in Salon, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Oxford American, Catapult, and others. She has been received residencies from the Akumal International Artists Residency and the Turkey Land Cove Foundation in Martha’s Vineyard. She is working on a memoir and lives in Boston.

Grace Talusan is the winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for Nonfiction for The Body Papers, a memoir about trauma, illness, and immigration scheduled for publication in the fall of 2018. She has published essays, longform journalism, fiction and book reviews in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, The Rumpus, and many others. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has been awarded residencies to Hedgebrook, Ragdale, and the Dune Shacks in Provincetown. She is a graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. At Tufts University, she teaches in the English Department and The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. She is a longtime member and teacher at Grub Street, an independent creative writing center, and lives outside of Boston with her husband.

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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 - 10

Run time

2 hours.


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Cambridge, MA 02138

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