Arts Activism with MassCreative

On Wednesday, October 25, after the 7:30pm performance, join MassCreative for a post-performance conversation about Arts Advocacy and Activism and what you can do to make a difference.

Matthew Wilson, Executive Director. Hired as MASSCreative’s first Executive Director in March of 2012, Matt directs the advocacy campaigns and organizational development for the organization. For 30 years, he has run campaigns and organized volunteers and communities for the public interest on a local, state, national level.

In 2011, Wilson directed environmentalist and social entrepreneur Bob Massie’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. Previously he coordinated Health Care for All’s campaign to monitor the takeover of the nonprofit Caritas Hospitals by a for profit private equity firm.

As the National Director of the field staff for from 2005-2006, Matt helped develop and implement the strategy behind’s successful 2006 Call for Change, which recruited and trained more than 100,000 volunteers in 60 swing Congressional and Senate districts.

As the Founder and Director of Toxics Action Center from 1989 to 2005, Wilson assisted more than 300 neighborhood groups address toxic pollution issues in their communities. He grew the organization from one staffer working in Massachusetts to a New England-wide organization with 11 staff.

Wilson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1983 and also earned a Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2008.

Betsy Groban joined MASSCreative as Deputy Director in June 2017. She oversees fundraising efforts to support the organization’s long-term sustainability, build out its administrative and governance infrastructure, and increase its communications and political advocacy capacity.

Previously, she was SVP & Publisher of Books for Young Readers at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she oversaw the publication of 250 books annually. Under her leadership, the division achieved the strongest financial performance in its 150-year history. Prior to that, she was the Managing Director of WGBH Enterprises, where she spent nearly a decade developing new sources of revenue for the acclaimed public broadcasting producer.

Groban serves as VP of the Board of Directors of the Central Square Theater in Cambridge. She also founded the annual H.A. and Margret Rey Curious George Lecture series at the Cambridge Public Library. She has been instrumental in fundraising for various cultural and educational institutions.

Groban graduated from Barnard College with a degree in English literature. Totally Middle School, an anthology she edited, will be published by Random House in 2018.

Scholar Social with Natalya Baldyga for The Revolutionists

Join us after the 7:30pm show on Thursday, October 26, 2017 for a fascinating discussion with Natalya Baldyga about their work and The Revolutionists.

Natalya Baldyga is theatre historian, educator, and director. She has taught theatre history, theory, literature, and performance at colleges and universities across the country, including Gustavus Adolphus College, the Florida State University, and Tufts University. Her most recent directing projects include the world premiere at Tufts of her own translation and adaptation of Carlo Gozzi’s theatrical fairy tale The King Stag, and Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando for Opera House Arts in Stonington, Maine. She is in the process of revising her adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, which was workshopped this summer at Opera House Arts. Her scholarly research focuses on theatre historiography, cultural identity, and the performing body in eighteenth-century Europe. She is the editor of the new and complete translation of G. E. Lessing’s Hamburg Dramaturgy, which is available online through MediaCommons Press.

Post-Show Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Wood

Join Historian Elizabeth Wood on Friday, October 27, for a post-show discussion on the feminist rebellion in The Revolutionists!

Elizabeth Wood teaches Russian and Soviet History at MIT, where she also co-directs the MIT-Russia Program.  She has written three books – one on gender (The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia), one on mock trials performed as drama pieces (Performing Justice: Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia), and one (co-authored) on war (Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine), so she is looking forward to The Revolutionists and its story of revolution, war and gender.


Post-Show Conversation with Dr. Malick Ghachem

Join Dr. Malick Ghachem, law and revolution expert, for an exciting conversation after the Wednesday, November 1 performance of The Revolutionists about justice, war, and the Haitian uprising for independence.

The book received the American Historical Association’s J. Russell Major Prize for the best work in English on French history and was co-winner of the Caribbean Studies Association’s Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize for the best book published in the field of Caribbean studies over the past three years.  He teaches courses on the Age of Revolution, Slavery and Abolition, American criminal justice, and other topics.

Professor Ghachem earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University and his doctorate in history from Stanford.  He clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Miami, FL in 2004.  A member of the Massachusetts bar, Professor Ghachem practiced law in Boston from 2005 to 2010 for two law firms: Zalkind, Rodriguez, Lunt & Duncan LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.  For part of that period (2006-2007) he served as a lecturer in MIT’s Political Science Department.  Between 2010 and 2013, he taught at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, ME, where he is now a Senior Scholar.

He writes occasionally on topics in American and comparative constitutional law, and has published a wide range of articles in the fields of French colonial and American legal history, among them “The Antislavery Script: Haiti’s Place in the Narrative of Atlantic Revolution,” in Scripting Revolution: A Historical Approach to the Comparative Study of Revolutions, ed. Keith M. Baker and Dan Edelstein (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015), 148-167; “The Colonial Vendée,” in The World of the Haitian Revolution, ed. David Geggus and Norman Fiering (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009), 156-176; and “From Emergency Law to Legal Process: Herbert Wechsler and the Second World War,” co-authored with Daniel Gordon, 40 Suffolk University Law Review 333 (2007).  Ghachem is the editor of “Slavery and Citizenship in the Age of the Atlantic Revolutions,” Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques 29, no. 1 (2003).  He is at work on a new study of the revolt against the French Indies Company in the 1720s and the rise of the plantation complex in colonial Haiti.

The Revolution is Local – Meet Olivia D’Ambrosio, Candidate for City Council!

Join us after the Sunday, November 5 at 2pm performance or a conversation with Oliva D’Ambrosio, Candidate for Cambridge City Council.

Olivia D’Ambrosio is a long-time friend of Central Square Theater having directed for The Nora Theatre Company and produced in CST’s studio with her company Bridge Repertory Theatre of which she is Artistic Director. She is running for Cambridge City Council and is the only one out of 26 candidate who is running on an arts-centered platform. Learn more about her campaign at