Lynne McKenney Lydick


Lynne McKenney Lydick, professional actor and activist, performs throughout New England, New York and the Midwest. Her one woman shows include Follow the Cannon: Clara Barton’s Civil War Letters and Yours for Humanity – Abby about 19th century radical abolitionist, human and woman’s rights activist, Abby Kelley Foster. Since its premiere in 2004, Yours for Humanity – Abby has been seen by audiences of all ages totaling over 27,000. She is honored and humbled to speak Abby’s words and to keep her spirit alive. Abby’s message of equality and justice for all human beings is as needed today as it was in the 19th century.

Lynne is a member of several social and political organizations and is president of the Jane Fund of Central Massachusetts. In 2012 she was the recipient of Central Massachusetts YWCA’s prestigious Katharine F. Erskine Award for Arts and Culture which honors women who have shown commitment to eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Yours for Humanity – Abby is a program of the Worcester Women’s History Project. The play is co-authored by Carolyn Howe, Ph D. and Karen Board Moran, M. Ed.


Lynne McKenney Lydick
42 North Parkway
Worcester, MA 01605

(508) 450-2568



B.S Education and English, University of Maine, Orono, ME

January 2004 to present – Yours for Humanity — Abby

One woman play performed throughout New England, NY and CT to audiences totaling over 27,000. Performed under the auspices of the Worcester Women’s History Project.

January, 2006 to presentFollow the Cannon: Clara Barton’s Civil War Letters

One woman play performed throughout New England, NY and CT to audiences totaling over 4,700.

Performances for students of all ages, public libraries, educational conferences, historical museums and societies, social and service organizations, business organizations, churches and senior centers. Performances of note include:


  • Ulster County Historical Society, Kingston. NY
  • Framingham State University; Arts and Ideas Series, Framingham, MA
  • Avon Historical Society, Avon, CT
  • Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, MA
  • National Abolition Hall of Fame, Peterboro, NY
  • National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY
  • NEH, Asa Waters Mansion, Millbury, MA
  • Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburg, VT
  • Women’s Empowerment Convention, Norfolk, CT
  • Women in Construction Fall Conference, Tuckerman Hall, Worcester, MA
  • Women’s Rights National Historic Park, Seneca Falls, NY
  • Lynn Museum, Lynn Heritage State Park Visitors Center Lynn, MA
  • Harmony Grove Research Center, Memorial Building, Framingham, MA
  • African American Festival, Worcester, MA
  • National Women’s History Project’s Women Change America Conference,MA
  • Professional Women’s Association, Boston, MA
  • Women’s History Month performances at both UMASS Medical Campuses
  • Women’s Legislative Caucus, State House, Boston, MA
  • Mount Gulian Historic Site, Beacon, NY
  • Denison University, Granville, OH
  • Alliance Area Preservation Society, Alliance, OH
  • Highlands Middle School, La Grange, IL


Honors: YWCA Katherine Forbes Erskine Award for Arts and Culture