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Debra Wise
Artistic Director dwise@undergroundrailwaytheater.org

Maggie Moore-Abdow
Education Director mabdow@undergroundrailwaytheater.org

Tracey Clarke
Company Manager tclarke@undergroundrailwaytheater.org

Catherine Carr-Kelly
Central Square Theater Executive Director cck@centralsquaretheater.org

Officers

Steve Wishengrad, Co-Chair
Principal, The Data Collaborative
Durham, NH

Jim Kaufman, Co-Chair
General Manager, C. Walsh Theater, Suffolk University
Cambridge, MA

Downing Cless, Treasurer
Associate Professor of Drama, Tufts University
Arlington, MA

Yleana Martinez, Clerk/Secretary
Journalist and Quilter
Watertown, MA



Members

Lace Campbell
Executive Director, Beyond the 4th Wall
Cambridge, MA

Lori Gross
Director, Arts Initiatives and Advisor to the Associate Provost,
Massachusetts Institute for Technology
Cambridge MA

Deborah Kalin
Videographer, Performance Artist/Educator
Newton, MA

Debra Wise
URT Artistic Director
Cambridge, MA
Wes Saunders
Co-Founder, Underground Railway Theater

Keith Lockhart
Musical Director, Boston Pops Orchestra and the Utah Symphony Orchestra

Abe Rybeck
Artistic Director, The Theater Offensive

Advisory Board
Rosie Amador
Original URT General Manager
President, MusicAmador
Lead Singer for Sol y Canto

Martha Cleveland
URT Education Advisor
Teacher, Mason Rice School

Paul Kahn
Playwright
Therapist
Advocate for Disability Community

Marilyn T. McGoldrick Esq.
URT Pro-Bono Counsel
Partner Thorton & Naumes, LLP

Linda Nathan
URT Education Advisor
Headmaster, Boston Arts Academy

Carol Pender
URT Pro-Bono HR Specialist
Human Resources Manager, Tyco Health Care

Catalyst Collaborative @ MIT Advisory Committee
Jessica Hoffmann Davis
Former Director (Arts in Education) and Principal Investigator (Project Zero)
Harvard University Graduate School of Education

John Durant
Director, MIT Museum

Scott Edmiston
Theatre Director; Director, Office of the Arts at Brandeis University

Jerome Friedman
MIT Professor of Physics, Emeritus; 1990 Nobel Laureate

Robert L. Jaffe
MIT Morningstar Professor of Physics, MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Alan Guth
Cosmologist; Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics, MIT

Kate Snodgrass
Artistic Director, Boston Playwrights Theatre;
Playwriting Fellow, Huntington Theatre Company.

Jason Weeks
Executive Director, Cambridge Arts Council


"How Do You Spell Hope?"
Vincent Siders – Frederick Douglas/Peter Hamill/Mr. Washington
Vincent Ernest Siders is an award winning actor and director. This is his second year performing with Underground Railway Theater. Some of his previous acting credits include Tom in Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage); Friar in Much Ado' About Nothing (Wang Theater & Commonwealth Shakespear Co.); James in Monticel ( Boston Playwright's Theater); Rooftop in Our Lady of 121 (SpeakEasy Stage Company ) and Lucius in Jesus Hopped the "A" Train (Company One). Directing credits include: As Told On The Corner - a collection of one acts written by modern day Urban Expressionists; Black Power- Six Revolutionary plays from Sixties - selections from Caldwell, Bullins, Douglas Turner Ward and Baraka; Obi or Three Fingered Jack (nominated for IRNE Best Director); You (Charlie Award People's Choice Acme Theatre Winter New Works Festival) and Burns by Paula Caplan for the Riant Theatre's Strawberry Festival in New York. Vincent received the IRNE awards for Best Actor in 2004 and 2005. He was Boston Magazine's BEST ACTOR in 2004. Boston Globe named him one of the 'Hottest New Faces' in 2005.

Stephanie Carlson – Martha Gonzales/Sophia Auld/Mrs DP
Stephanie Carlson has performed all over the globe with theaters, cabarets and cruise ships. She has played April in Speakeasy Stage's Company, Belle in A Christmas Carol and Molly in The It Girl (Worcester Foothills Theatre), Meredith in First Night (Majestic Theater), and Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (Commonwealth Opera). Some other recent roles include Louka in Arms and the Man, and the title role in Sylvia (Pioneer Valley Summer Theatre), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, Babe in Crimes of the Heart (New Century Theatre), and Julie in The New Moon (Media Playhouse). For young audiences, she has performed in shows about Greek history, personal safety and social harmony.

"Are You Ready My Sister?"
Monique McIntyre – Harriet Tubman
This is Monique's second year with Underground Railway Theater performing as Harriett Tubman. She has been performing as a member of Actor's Equity Association since 1988. She has been seen at The New Rep, The Lyric Stage Company ( received the IRNE Award for Quilly in The Old Settler), Merrimack Rep, The Nora Theatre Company, as well as two seasons at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her last performance was as Mrs. Quimby in Ramona Quimby at Wheelock Family Theatre, where she has been performing since 1988. Monique has done extensive commercial and voice-over work, including the highly acclaimed Africans in America for WGBH. Many hugs to Greg, Roz, Ian and Camille.

Magalie Neff – Harriet Tubman understudy
Magalie Neff, a native of Boston, graduated from Emerson College and trained with Shakespeare & Company. She has worked with various theater youth groups including, New Land'scapes, Acting Out (programs from the Strand Theatre) and Dream Action Theater in Jamaica Plain. She has worked with Up You Mighty Race and directed their production of When Colored Girls Commit Suicide, When The Rainbow is Enuf. For over 10 years she has worked with Tempest Productions and recently toured in their production of Body & Sold, true stories of human trafficking. She also toured in Deanna's Fund productions of The Yellow Dress and Remote Control. She is currently teaching at various afterschool programs including those at Boston Public Schools. Ms. Neff has performed in countless theater productions and has a few film credits to her name. This is her second year working with Underground Railway Theater in their production of Are You Ready My Sister.

Stephanie Carlson – Quaker Women
Stephanie Carlson has performed all over the globe with theaters, cabarets and cruise ships. She has played April in Speakeasy Stage's Company, Belle in A Christmas Carol and Molly in The It Girl (Worcester Foothills Theatre), Meredith in First Night (Majestic Theater), and Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (Commonwealth Opera). Some other recent roles include Louka in Arms and the Man, and the title role in Sylvia (Pioneer Valley Summer Theatre), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, Babe in Crimes of the Heart (New Century Theatre), and Julie in The New Moon (Media Playhouse). For young audiences, she has performed in shows about Greek history, personal safety and social harmony.

Stage Manager
Tonee Jordan
Tonee Jordan lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has been involved in the theatre in the Boston area for three years. Recently she was the Assistant Stage Manager for Macbeth at New Rep Touring and Stage Manager for Criminal Hearts at Boston Actor's Theater. She was nominated for the EMACT DASH Award as Best Stage Manager in a Musical in 2004. She is happy that she is working with Underground Railway Theater.

Asst. Stage Manager for Hope
Belina Mizrahi
Belina Mizrahi lives and works in the Boston area. Recent credits include stage managing for New Repertory Theatre's tours of Macbeth and The Glass Menagerie; Simpatico at the Devanaughn Theatre; and production managing Body & Sold with Tempest Productions. She also coordinates logistics for Project Bread's Walk for Hunger. This is her first year with Underground Railway Theater.

Maggie Moore Abdow

Vincent Siders




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