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Fun Facts About Twelfth Night Director Paula Plum!

Paula Plum is no stranger to the Lyric Stage! You may recognize her from the multiple productions she’s worked on, but here are some fun facts you may not have known about the director of Twelfth Night:

  1. Paula has been working as an actor and director with the Lyric Stage since 1975.
  2. She is a founding member of Actor’s Shakespeare Project, which is co-producing Twelfth Night.
  3. The first show Paula acted in at the Lyric Stage was Dial M for Murder in 1975!
  4. In 2004, Paula received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence. She has also been awarded 2 other Elliot Norton Awards, 5 IRNE awards, and numerous other honors.
  5. The first play Paula directed at the Lyric Stage was Baltimore Waltz in 1999.
  6. Paula has acted in over a dozen shows at the Lyric, including Miss WitherspoonThe Heiress, and Death of a Salesman.
  7. Paula recently played Sharon in the Lyric Stage’s production of The Roommate. She contributed many personal items to the show’s set!
  8. Paula is married to Richard Snee, who plays Malvolio in Twelfth Night.

Learn More About Paula Plum

Paula Plum (Director) is a founding member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project and has worked as an actor and director with the Lyric Stage since 1975. She has been Artistic Director of WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn since its inception in 2003, touring concerts throughout New England during the holiday season. She has directed in Paris, New York, and Boston and is the 2009 recipient of the Fox Actor Fellowship. In the last year she has directed the Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration for the Boston Pops and Reclaiming Lucretia for Boston Lyric Opera. Paula is the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, five IRNE Awards, three Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Actress, and was the 2003 Distinguished Alumna of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. paulaplum.com

A Brief Synopsis of Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love, simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated during a shipwreck and are forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on Olivia, who falls for Viola but is idolized by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister… is it possible for this to all end well?  Well, it IS a comedy!

Job Opportunity: Managing Director

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, is seeking an energetic, collaborative, and self-motivated individual for the position of Managing Director.

Summary

The Managing Director will be the Lyric Stage’s chief operating officer (COO) and will report to the Producing Artistic Director/CEO of the company for a one-year period, and to the Board of Directors thereafter. This is a key leadership role not only at the Lyric Stage but also in the cultural life of the Greater Boston Area and will be one of the public faces of the Lyric Stage. This individual will tend to the overall financial well-being of the organization, paying special attention to fundraising initiatives set by the Board of Directors. The successful candidate will share our passion for theatre, theatre arts education, and the Lyric Stage’s distinct and historic role in the cultural life of Greater Boston and must be comfortable with a small full-time staff (10 persons) and a fast-paced fun office environment. They must have an excellent sense of humor.

Requirements

The successful candidate will have a college degree and a minimum of five years of related management experience in nonprofit arts administration, theatre, or a related field. A successful track record in fundraising and leadership best practices is expected.

The Lyric Stage is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  Application by any and all qualified candidates is encouraged.

Job Description

Finances: Have a high-level financial management acumen (including budgeting and budget management). With the Producing Artistic Director, ensure that the annual budget is prepared with input from all departments and approved by the Board. Ensure that the day-to-day operations are conducted to meet revenue and expense goals. Meet periodically with the staff and the Board to report results. Make recommendations to the Producing Artistic Director and Board for adjustments to plan for and accommodate changes. With the General Manager, ensure that expenses are paid on a timely basis and all accounts are in order. Work with the Lyric Stage’s auditor to prepare the annual audit, IRS filings, and all necessary reports to the state and federal governments. Explore financial instruments to maximize interest on accounts.

Fundraising: Set fundraising goals and budget with Board. Ensure that goals are properly addressed with events and activities that allow goals to be met. With Executive Committee of the Board and the Producing Artistic Director, work towards establishing an endowment. Seek corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors (including major gifts). Maintain lists of target donors for development. Explore opportunities for grants and complete proposals. Be an active participant in fundraising, working with the Board Development Committee and meeting with potential donors in all phases of development.

Strategic: With the Producing Artistic Director and the Board, develop or revise the mission statement. The Managing Director will be a member of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee. Actively participate with the Producing Artistic Director. Associate Artistic Director and Marketing Director in season planning for maximum attendance results while balancing artistic goals. Work with the Producing Artistic Director and Marketing Director to develop target audiences, marketing plans, and the marketing budget to ensure robust ticket sales. Explore and develop opportunities for community outreach and partnerships.

Personnel: Attract and retain staff sufficient to meet budget and goals. Develop talent in key areas for continuity. They should consider themselves a mentor to other administrative positions (box office, general management, marketing, and development) in order to continue the cross-training of the staff to ensure smooth operations. With the Producing Artistic Director, set the tone for the office culture.

Other: The Managing Director should be a partner with the Producing Artistic Director/CEO of the company in its operations. The Managing Director should have good written and verbal communication skills, work well with staff in a transparent, collaborative manner, and be involved with the day-to-day operations of the staff. The Managing Director should be one of the recognizable faces and positions in the Lyric Stage family.  As such, they should be available at key performances (or at non-traditional office hours) to be in front of the audience and contacting key stakeholders. The Managing Director should attend meetings and gatherings within the theatre and cultural community. They should be a good negotiator and be the point person for the Lyric Stage for collective bargaining with the unions that the company currently works with (currently Actors Equity Association, Boston Musicians Union, Stage Directors and Choreographers, United Scenic Artists). Other duties assigned by the Board of Directors. They should have great people skills.

This is a full-time salaried position. Benefits include participation in a health plan, contribution to a 403-b plan administered by Fidelity Investments, a dental plan, pre-tax T-pass benefits, reciprocal free or discounted admission to most museums and cultural institutions throughout the Commonwealth, and a liberal paid time off policy.

Please submit a cover letter, current Resume and three references with their contact information to search@lyricstage.com. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please apply by February 15th, 2019.

Paula Plum holding a gun and Adrianne Krstansky

DigBoston Review: The Roommate

Paula Plum and Adrianne Krstansky in The Roommate. Photo by Mark S. Howard.

★★★★☆

Two of Boston’s best-loved actresses join forces for The Roommate, Jen Silverman’s quirky comedy about two middle-aged women who find themselves living together, trying new things, and reckoning with a demon or two. Paula Plum plays Sharon, a 54-year-old Iowa woman who has recently retired from her marriage and takes in a roommate in order to save a little money. Adrianne Krstansky plays Robyn, a gay vegan from the Bronx whose arrival awakens in Sharon something real and untapped.

Directed by Spiro Veloudos, The Roommate is an irresistible treat featuring two beloved actresses at the top of their games. The play loses a bit of steam in its last third when Sharon takes a special interest in Robyn’s past, but Plum’s evolution (or devolution, depending on how you look at it) from provincial Midwestern matron to a scheming, pot-selling hussy is profoundly entertaining. What’s more, it’s the best thing the Lyric has done in nearly two years.

THE ROOMMATE. THROUGH 11.18 AT THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON, 140 CLARENDON ST., BOSTON. LYRICSTAGE.COM

Warning: Spoilers for The Roommate Ahead!

A brief guide to everything you might want to know about The Roommate. 

by Sivan Amir & Alzi Kenney, Artistic Assistants

Approximate Run Time: 100 minutes

Playwright: Jen Silverman

Cast Size: 2

Lyric Actors You May Remember: Paula Plum (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Light Up the Sky, Death of a Salesman, 33 Variations, Three Tall Women), Adrianne Krstansky (Barbecue, November)

Director: Spiro Veloudos

Genre: Comedy

Description: Sharon, middle-aged and recently divorced, needs a roommate to share her Iowa home.  Robyn needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets while sharing music, books, and an occasional toke, she discovers a deep-seated desire to transform her own life completely.   It’s a subversive, absorbing comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

The Playwright Says: “So I really wanted to write a play for badass women in their 50s. I sort of thought that, like, there is a kind of energy, a kind of concentration that happens when they are the two players on that stage and they have all that agency and all that power.”

Taavon Gamble is Valentin!

Meet Taavon Gamble, the actor behind the revolutionary Valentin in Kander & Ebb’s smash musical, Kiss of the Spider Woman!

Get tickets and more information at lyricstage.com or 617.585.5678!

Meet Molina! with Eddy Cavazos

Eddy Cavazos talks how he relates to his character Molina, the importance of queer actors of color on the stage, and what Kiss of the Spider Woman means to him.

Now through October 7th, get tickets at lyricstage.com or call 617.585.5678!

WBUR’s The ARTery name Souvenir and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as best of 2017!

“The hilarious yet poignant work featured Leigh Barrett as Madame Flo and the irreplaceable Will McGarrahan as the ivory tickler whose affectionate commingling of horror and admiration allowed us to see the Muse-murdering Jenkins as both ridiculous and somehow valorous.” – Souvenir

“Director Scott Edmiston presided over this pitch-perfect, period-perfect revival of Edward Albee’s 1962 marathon marital battle whose combatants are named for America’s original First Couple.” – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Read the full article here!

Congrats to our Elliot Norton Award winners

Lyric Stage productions nominated in six categories

What are the Elliot Norton Awards?

Via http://www.elliotnortonawards.com/

“The awards are presented annually by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) (Don Aucoin, Jared Bowen, Terry Byrne, Carolyn Clay, Nick Dussault, Iris Fanger, Joyce Kulhawik, Kilian Melloy, Bob Nesti, and Ed Siegel) to honor the outstanding productions, directors, designers, and performers that audiences have seen on Greater Boston area stages throughout the year.”

Scroll down to preview the Lyric Stage winners and nominees, and send your congrats to the actors, designers, and directors on Facebook and Twitter.

The cast of My Fair Lady. Photo: Mark S. Howard.

WINNER: Outstanding Musical Production by a Midsize, Small or Fringe Theater
My Fair Lady

The My Fair Lady team celebrates their many Elliot Norton wins! Photo: Shanna Heath
Cloteal L. Horne and Meagan Dilworth in Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. Photo: Mark S. Howard.

Outstanding Actress, Midsize Theater
Cloteal Horne, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

WINNER: Outstanding Solo Performance
Phil Tayler, Buyer & Cellar

Jared Troilo*, Jennifer Ellis*, Christopher Chew* in My Fair Lady. Photo: Mark S. Howard.

WINNER: Outstanding Director, 
Midsize Theater
Scott Edmiston, My Fair Lady

WINNER: Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress, Midsize, Small or Fringe Theater
Jennifer Ellis, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Ensemble, Midsize, Small or Fringe Theater
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

The cast of Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. Photo: Mark S. Howard.

Congratulations to all winners and nominees!