Paula Plum, actress

The COB is thrilled to feature acclaimed actress Paula Plum as narrator in Stravinky’s A Soldier’s Tale on Saturday, April 24, 2010.

Paula Plum is the recipient of four IRNE Awards, the 1995 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress, (Lost in Yonkers) the 2007 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress (Miss Witherspoon), the 2004 Eliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. She is the 2009 recipient of the Fox Actor Fellowship for Outstanding Achievement and has just returned from three months intensive study at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris.

Ms Plum is an actress, director, writer, and teacher and has enjoyed (so far) thirty years on virtually all of Boston’s Stages. She has created seven one-person shows for the Undadilla Theatre of Vermont, most notably Plum Pudding (IRNE for Best Actress 1993). With the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. she played Portia in Julius Caesar and Trinculo in The Tempest. With the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, she has played Lady Macbeth, Beatrice (Much Ado) The Countess (All’s Well) Margaret (Richard III) and Mistress Overdone (Measure for Measure).

She has appeared with Lyric West in Wit (Vivian Bearing), the Gloucester Stage Company in Faith Healer (Grace), Molly Sweeney (Molly), Happy Days (Winnie) and Not I (Mouth); at the American Repertory Theatre in No Exit ( Inez ), Ivanov (Babakina), Mother Courage (Yvette), Lysistrata (Belphragia), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Soot), and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Germaine), the Lyric Stage Company in The Goat (Stevie), Private Lives (Amanda) , Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Kath), Sideman (Terry), and The Heiress (title role) and Miss Witherspoon.

In 1998 she was directed by Eric Engel in the award-winning production Sing Me to Sleep by John Kuntz and again in 1999 in Kuntz’s Miss Price. Last season she appeared in three SpeakEasy productions, Reckless, New Century, and Savannah Disputation. Film credits include: Mermaids, Malice, and Next Stop Wonderland. Television: Science Court (three seasons ABC) and cocreator and star of The Dick & Paula Celebrity Special for FX.

In January 2005, she premiered her new work Wigged OUT! with Leslie Dillen’s Dressed UP! directed by Karen MacDonald for which she received the IRNE for Best Solo Performance 2005.

Teaching credits: UNCA, U of Illinois, Adjunct Professor of Acting U Mass Lowell and Boston Conservatory and Actors’ Shakespeare Project Teachers’ Institute. Ms. Plum is a cum laude graduate of Boston University and is married to actor/writer Richard Snee.