Resistance Mic!
Resistance Mic!

Resistance Mic!

  • FEB 19 8PM


  • Run Time: Two Hours.

Doors open at 7:30PM.



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Artists Performing Truth to 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 the country and create a more compassionate and just world. Artists are vital to this work. The American Repertory Theater, in collaboration with the literary magazine Pangyrus, welcomes the second season of Resistance Mic!, a series of intimate, curated evenings where a diverse collective of artists will take the stage to perform truth to power in these troubled times.

Launched on November 9, 2017—the one-year anniversary of the day after the 2016 election—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. The host is Timothy Patrick McCarthy.

During 2018/19, Resistance Mic! will take place on Tuesdays (September 25, November 13, February 19 & April 16) at 8PM at OBERON, A.R.T.’s second stage theater.

Tuesday, February 19

Artists include Anne Bernays, Carissa Halston, Sienna Leis, Randolph Pfaff, Enzo Silon Surin, Jimmy Tingle and Javier Zamora.


Anne Bernays

Anne Bernays is the author of ten novels (including Professor Romeo and Growing Up Rich), co-author of three non-fiction books (including Two Lives in 1950s New York), and has published scores of essays, op-eds, travel pieces, and book reviews. She has taught fiction writing in undergraduate and MFA programs since 1975, and currently teaches writing at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation. The mother of three, grandmother of six, and great-grandmother of two, Anne loves conversation and movies. For more on Anne, see (@Anne_Bernays)


Carissa Halston

Carissa Halston is an award-winning fiction writer whose work has appeared in The Normal School, The Massachusetts Review, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. She runs the literary journal apt and the small press Aforementioned Productions. She’s currently at work on a new novel entitled Conjoined States. For more on Carissa, see (@CarissaHalston)


Sienna Leis

Sienna Leis began her career working for the start-up company Achieva (prior to its acquisition by Kaplan) on their Professional Development team. Sienna worked with students and staff members to help them develop and teach basic skills for success, college preparation and planning. In addition, she has held key positions with The Princeton Review and WRC (Weekly Reader Corporation) Media. These roles have taken her to more than 400 schools in over 75 rural and urban communities across the country. Sienna was twice selected as a member of a 40-person delegation of U.S. educators and executives to South Africa. During these trips, the delegation met with the Minister of Education, leadership from The Nelson Mandela Foundation and visited with children and teachers living in settlements and the poorest areas of the country. She also spent five years living in Spain, where she was one of the producers of Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, and launched a volunteer project on the Camino that created professional development and work opportunities for local disadvantaged youth that was recognized by the University of Santiago de Compostela. A native Californian, Sienna now resides in Boston where she is a MC/MPA student at the Harvard Kennedy School, and also works as Director of Reunions for the Harvard Alumni Association. Sienna’s personal experiences and life adventures have inspired her to share her insight and observations through the written word, as she embarks on her first book project. Her writing is complemented by her continued work with disadvantaged children and women who have been victims of abuse. A graduate of the Miami Beach Citizen’s Police Academy, Sienna has dedicated significant time and resources to Room to Read Paris Chapter, YMCA, Salvation Army Homeless Shelter, Miami Rescue Mission, and Children’s Home Society of Florida. She is the proud mom of two-year-old Leo Felton. (@siempresienna)


Randolph Pfaff

Randolph Pfaff is a writer, communication consultant, and graduate student in environmental policy. He has worked with local and national organizations—including the Climate Reality Project and the New England Aquarium—to educate and facilitate meaningful action on environmental and conservation issues. Randolph is also the co-founder of Aforementioned Productions, a Boston-based independent press and theatre company dedicated to promoting new voices in literature and the performing arts. For more on Randolph, see (@RandolphPfaff)


Enzo Silon Surin

Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born poet, educator, publisher and social advocate, and also the author of two chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto (2017) and Higher Ground (2006). He is the recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation and is a PEN New England Celebrated New Voice in Poetry. Surin’s work gives voice to experiences that take place in what he calls “broken spaces” caused by political and social violence, believing that poetry is one of the many paths to healing and recovery. His poems have appeared in Transition Magazine/Jalada, Interviewing the Caribbean, jubilat, Soundings East, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, sx salon and Tidal Basin Review, among others. Surin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and is an Associate Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College and founding editor and publisher at Central Square Press. For more on Enzo, see (@enzothepoet)


Jimmy Tingle

Jimmy Tingle is a humorist, commentator, and founder of Humor for Humanity. He was a 2018 candidate for Lt Governor of Massachusetts and received 41.3% of the vote in the Massachusetts primary on September 4, 2018. He is a graduate of UMASS Dartmouth and the Harvard Kennedy School, where he earned his MPA and was selected to deliver the Graduate Oration at Harvard’s 2010 Commencement. He has worked as a humorist and commentator for 60 Minutes II and MSNBC and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, Conan O’Brien, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and in his own HBO comedy special. Theatrical credits include writing, performing and producing several one-person shows, including Uncommon Sense, Jimmy Tingle for President—The Funniest Campaign in History, and Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream. He has appeared in several documentaries films, including Damned in the USA, America with the Top Down, When Stand Up Stood Out, and Call Me Lucky (directed by Bobcat Goldthwait). His feature film work includes Next Stop Wonderland, Boondock Saints, Head of State (starring Chris Rock), and Clear History (starring Larry David). Tingle has the rare distinction of winning Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” in the “stand-up comedy” category and for “best alternative theater” as the producer and artistic director of Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY Theater in Somerville. He is the founder of a new social enterprise and solo show entitled Humor for Humanity, which aspires to raise spirits, funds, and awareness for nonprofits, charities, and social causes. For more on Jimmy or Humor for Humanity, see (@JimmyTingle)

Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the U.S. when he was nine. He is a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard University and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, Lannan Foundation, MacDowell, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, and Yaddo. Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press, 2017) is his first collection. For more on Javier, see



Timothy Patrick McCarthy (@DrTPM) is an award-winning scholar, writer, educator, and activist who has taught on the faculty at Harvard University since 2005. Twice named one of the Harvard Crimson’s “Professors of the Year,” Dr. McCarthy is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course, a college humanities program for low-income adults in Dorchester, MA, and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. He is the 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 Spring 2019. An A.R.T. Board Member, he is the host of Resistance Mic! and director of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series. You more, please visit


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.

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, including a special Resistance-themed issue in Fall 2018. You can find our latest publications and news at