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We gratefully acknowledge our generous donors and sponsors for their essential support and leadership amplifying Youth Underground. 

Festival Sponsors

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Youth Underground Sponsors


Organization Sponsors

With 50+ combined years focused on social justice, the feminine perspective, and science in theater at Central Square Theater, Art is Our Activism.  CST creates theater where points of view are heard, perspective shifts, and change can happen. The following generous donors made possible the programs and operations of Central Square Theater over the past year. For more information, or to become a Central Square Theater donor, please contact Maggie Moore Abdow at 617.576.9278 x208 or


The Betsy Bard Youth Underground Fund

In April 2019  Central Square Theater launched the Betsy Bard Youth Underground Fund. Through the creation of this Fund we endeavor to sustain the support needed to elevate and propel Youth Underground–driven by the passion and curiosity that embodies its namesake, Betsy Bard. The following donors have generously contributed to the Fund. 

About Betsy Bard

For 35 years, Betsy Bard has been entrenched in the world of curiosity.  Recently retired, Betsy served as Social Worker and Manager of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School on-site Day Care Center.  To expand her passion for social justice and theater, Betsy worked with Anna Deavere Smith in 2000 as the audience coordinator at her Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University.  This experience inspired her to start her own documentary theater project with youth using Deavere Smith’s methodology to investigate issues of concern. Launched at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 2003, The Theater Project premiered its first production based on recorded interviews investigating  “the achievement gap”. Through The Theater Project, Betsy Bard directed and  produced five plays with support from the City of Cambridge, Harvard University, and Cambridge Community Foundation. In 2010, Betsy joined the Youth Underground (YU) team, bringing her experience and passion for authentic investigative theater that provokes civic dialogue and action beyond the stage. YU  is a socio-economically, culturally, and ethnically diverse youth Ensemble serving ages 13-25, with stipend-eligible opportunities to create theater together and in tandem with community-based organizations, and showcase their work across Greater Boston. YU is the only Greater Boston youth theater program that focuses on creating devised work that shines a light on social justice issues of concern from/for young people, and moderates companion community dialogues about each issue raised in the thematic plays. As Lead Teaching Artist and Playwright, Betsy has created eight YU investigative theater plays, including Money Matters, You Can Tell at Lunch, Crossing Borders, Six Years Online, Find Out What it Means to Me, Don’t Knock Opportunity, and Circle Up! Currently, Betsy is working on the multi-year Act Up and Vote!, a new play that shares stories from voters and activists in underrepresented communities; addresses questions about elected official representation; and examines voting access across communities.  Betsy extended her leadership as an Educator, Artist, and Activist by joining the Central Square Theater Board of Directors in 2011. 

Betsy Bard Youth Underground Supporters

Sallie Adams

Janet Axelrod & Tim Plenk

Jayanti Bandyopadhyay

Betsy & Joel Bard

Sally Benbasset

Durward Benham

Martin Blatt & Betty Munson

Alixe Bonardi

Linda Brion-Meisels

Edward Brody & Dena Feldstein Brody

jill burrows

Will Cabell

Catherine Carr Kelly

Thomas Cesarz

Allison Coleman

Brian Corr

Lloyd Dahmen

Subrata & Janique Das

Alice DeLana

Jon Deveaux

Meghan Dorian

Lisa Feldman

Ena Fox

Sarah Gallivan

Anthony Galluccio

Michael & Marcy Scott-Morton

Susanne Gerson

Nancy Gray

Nora Grodzins

Pam Haltom & Harry Irwin

Ella Hoffman

Kimberly Holiday & Gregory Netland

Robert Jaffe

Deborah Kalin 

Jane Kamine

Edward and Marcia Katz

James A. Kaufman & Anna K. Swan

Shannon Keith

Reema Khan

Philip Khoury & Beth Raffeld

Young Kim

David Lehman


Kate McQuaid

Rakel Meir

Amy Merrill

Heidi Meyer

Jo Frances Meyer in memory of John P. Meyer

Monahon & Minasian Famlly

Kristin Mortimer

Farah Coplon-Newfield

Theresa Oei

Alberto Ovalle

Brian & Sheila Rehrig

Cilicia Rios

Laura Roberts & Ed Belove

Cynthia Rohrbeck

Helen and Eric Rosenberg

Carolyn Saxon

Elizabeth Searle Hodgkinson

Ellen M. Semonoff

Jim & Debby Stein Sharpe

Sam Shaw-Wilgoski

R. Timothy Sieber

Victoria Solomon

Michele Sprengnether

Stephen Steadman

Ronald Steese

April Stone

Juliet Stone

Amanda Strong

Cornelia Tierney

Gladys Unger

Melanie A. Wallace

Cheryl Weber