American Repertory Theater and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Announces “Resistance Mic!” Series Beginning November 8

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2017

Contact: Rebecca Curtiss 617.496.2000 x8841 | 617.872.8254


American Repertory Theater and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Announces

“Resistance Mic!” Series Beginning November 8

Co-hosted by Timothy Patrick McCarthy and Sarah Sweeney


Cambridge, MA—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. Co-hosted by director of the A.R.T. of Human Rights initiative Timothy Patrick McCarthy and celebrated Boston author Sarah Sweeney, the first event will be held on the first anniversary of the 2016 presidential election, Wednesday, November 8 at 8PM, at OBERON, the A.R.T.’s second stage and club theater venue.


Coming Up Next: Wednesday, November 8 at 8PM


Upcoming Dates: Wednesdays, February 7, March 7, April 4, and May 16, at 8PM


Tickets: $10 General Admission, $5 StudentsNow on sale for November 8 event by phone at 617.547.8300, in person at the A.R.T. Ticket Services (64 Brattle St.), or online


Artists. Truth. Power. The 2016 election inspired a broad-based Resistance unlike any 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. In collaboration with Pangyrus and other literary and arts initiatives, American Repertory Theater and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University will host a series of intimate performances on the theme of “Resistance.” Each date 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. 



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 PostSalonCatapultOxford 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



A.R.T. of Human Rights is an ongoing collaboration with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University that uses the arts and the humanities to explore some of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. This series features public conversations with leading artists, academics, and activists, as well as educational and artistic partnerships with local schools and organizations. Building on the Carr Center’s commitment to advancing human rights principles, and the A.R.T.’s mission to “expand the boundaries of theater,” A.R.T. of Human Rights is designed to foster a new model for community education, civic engagement, and creative expression. It is directed and hosted by Timothy Patrick McCarthy, award-winning Harvard faculty member and director of the Carr Center’s Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program.



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, it publishes continuously online and in print twice a year.Pangyrus is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2018 issue and a special Resistance-themed edition. Find their latest publications and news at



American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the 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 the leadership of Paulus and Executive Producer Diane Borger, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences.


Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including the Tony Award for Best New Play for All the Way (2014); consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Paulus directed; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater; and numerous Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards.


The A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multi-year projects, including a new collaboration with Harvard's Center for the Environment that will result in the development of new work over several years. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has been an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models.


As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, the A.R.T. catalyzes discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members, acting as a conduit between its community of artists and the university. The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, operated in association with the Moscow Art Theatre School, offers graduate training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice. A.R.T. also plays a central role in Harvard's newly launched undergraduate Theater, Dance, and Media concentration, teaching courses in directing, dramatic literature, acting, voice, design, and dramaturgy.


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.


Through all of these initiatives, the A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience.




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Release Date:
October 30, 2017

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