St. Mary's 2019 Women's Council Event

Thank you to all who attended our 2019 event, especially our guest speaker Paula Plum '71. Enjoy highlights of the event below.


Paula Plum '71
Jamie Gigliotti

Paula Plum continues to be one of Boston’s leading actresses.

Over the past three decades, her most notable performances have been as CleopatraLady MacbethBeatriceTouchstone and Phedre at the Actors’ Shakespeare Project; in Miss WitherspoonThe Heiress and Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Stage ; Body AwarenessHistory Boys and New Century at SpeakEasy Stage; LysistrataIvanovMother Courage, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo at the American Repertory Theatre.

Ms. Plum starred in two world premieres by John Kuntz: Sing Me To Sleep (Boston Center for the Arts) and Miss Price, which she coproduced (Boston Playwrights' Theatre). 

Movie credits include Irrational ManNext Stop WonderlandMermaidsMalice, and The March Sisters at Christmas. Television credits include voicing characters on Squigglevision (ABC), The Dick and Paula Celebrity Special (FX), Hey Money(Oxygen) and Dr. KatzProfessional Therapist (Comedy Central). 

Paula Plum is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Actor Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement, awarded to five actors nationwide to study and develop new work. Her original plays include: MemorialWigged OUT!, and What Lips My Lips Have Kissed. Her solo show, Plum Pudding, garnered her critical praise and the 2003 IRNE award for Best Solo Performance. Her article “Handling the Hot Moments, How Actors Negotiate Intimacy On Stage” was published in American Theatre Magazine. 

Paula was honored by the Boston Theatre Critics Association with the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence (past recipients include Sir Ian McKellen and Julie Harris) and for Best Actress twice (Lost in Yonkers and Miss Witherspoon).

Ms. Plum was trained at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic arts and is a Cum Laude graduate of Boston University’s School for the Arts, where she was also honored as Distinguished Alumna in 2003.

St. Mary's Women's Council Mission

The mission of St. Mary's Women's Council is to increase the involvement and influence of women in all aspects of life at St Mary’s. To accomplish this, the Women’s Council is working to:

  • Increase the participation of women at all levels
  • Introduce meaningful programs aimed at generating lasting relationships with St. Mary's among students and alumnae.
  • Provide women of the St. Mary's Community with enhanced opportunities to interact with, and act as role models for students.
  • Recognize the vital contributions of St. Mary's women, past and present to the School and to their communities.
  • Increase the base of financial support for St. Mary's among alumnae and friends.
We are looking for members to join the Women's Council, participate in events and help drive the mission. For more information please contact Kim Dorgan at or call 781-586-2067.