Top Girls: Humanities Forum

5/6/2018 Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre

Join Joyce Kulhawik and panelists Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor of Newton, Joyce Linehan, Chief of Policy at the Mayor’s Office, Evelyn Murphy, President of The WAGE Project (frm. Lt. Gov. of MA), and Colleen Richards Powell, VP of Diversity and Corporate Philanthropy, MFS Investment Management, for an in-depth discussion about Top Girls, following the 2pm matinee performance on Sunday, May 6. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to any performance of Top Girls.


Joyce Kulhawik is best known as the Emmy Award-winning Arts and Entertainment Critic for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008), she is currently lending her expertise as an arts advocate, motivational speaker, and cancer crusader all over New England. She is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, and has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood, reporting live from the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys. Nationally, Kulhawik has co-hosted syndicated movie-review programs with Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin. In 2010, she received the N.E. Emmy’s Governor’s Award for her distinguished career, and in 2007 was an inaugural inductee into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The recipient of countless awards for her career and advocacy, Kulhawik also holds an honorary doctorate in communications from her alma mater Simmons College, and has an endowed scholarship in her name at the Berklee College of Music.

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is the first woman to be elected Mayor of Newton. Before becoming mayor, she represented Ward 7 on the Board of Aldermen, and was an  At-Large member of the City Council. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School, Mayor Fuller has experience in the private, non-profit, and public sector. She worked as a management consultant for Temple, Barker and Sloane and then served as the first Strategic Planner for WGBH. Fuller is excited to bring her planning expertise into City Hall.

Joyce Linehan is the Chief of Policy for Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. In this role, she advises the Mayor on a wide array of issues, from housing to economic mobility and workforce development to substance use disorder. She and her team coordinate policy initiatives across cabinets and departments, with an emphasis on breaking down work silos. Since coming to City Hall with Mayor Walsh, she has led the efforts around social resilience, strategic partnerships and cultural policy, among other things. Before joining the administration in 2014, she owned and operated Ashmont Media, a public relations company that served Boston arts organizations. She co-owns Ashmont Records, an independent record label. For most of her life, she has been a community activist and organizer volunteering on a range of political and social justice campaigns. In 2012, she received an Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts award from the Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women, and in 2017, she received the Robert H. Quinn Award for Community Service.

Evelyn Murphy is a Ph.D. economist, Founder and President of The WAGE Project, Inc. and author of Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It published by Simon & Schuster in 2005. The WAGE Project, Inc. is a nationwide, grassroots activist organization dedicated to eliminating the gender wage gap. She is Co-chair of the Mayor’s Boston Women’s Workforce Council, working with employers to eliminate their gender wage gaps. Dr. Murphy served as MA Secretary of Environmental Affairs and later, Secretary of Economic Affairs. In 1986, she was elected Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, becoming the first woman in the state’s 200+year history to hold constitutional office. Dr. Murphy is Director of Citizens Energy Corporation; SBLI USA Life Insurance Company, New York City; and Shenandoah Life Insurance Company, Roanoke, VA. In her civic role, she is a founding Director of The Commonwealth Institute; Trustee, the MA Treasurer’s Economic Empowerment Trust Fund; Advisory Board Member of the Center for Women and Work, UMass Lowell; and the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, UMass Boston.

Colleen Richards Powell oversees MFS’ diversity strategy as well as directs the firm’s Corporate Citizenship program. Prior to joining MFS, Mrs. Powell was the chief external relations and communications officer for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority where she created and led the authority’s corporate social responsibility program and was involved in its urban development project to develop two convention hotels. Previously, she was deputy director of Commonwealth Compact, an organization committed to increasing diversity in the Massachusetts business community. Before that, she worked as special assistant for student affairs to President Lawrence Summers of Harvard University. She began her career on the Capitol Hill staff of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Mrs. Powell was reappointed to a second five-year term as trustee of Bunker Hill Community College. She is also a member of Bentley University Dean’s Advisory Council for Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Leadership Council of the Posse Foundation, the Cradles to Crayons Corporate Advisory Council, the Philanthropic Advisory Council for Healthcare for the Homeless, and the Partnership Inc.’s Executive Council.

About Top Girls

Career-driven Marlene has just landed the top job at a London employment agency over a male colleague. To celebrate, she hosts a lavish dinner with a group of famous and adventurous historical women who cheer the successes and bemoan the sacrifices required to be a “top girl” in a man’s world. Caryl Churchill’s groundbreaking masterpiece, originally a rebuke of Margaret Thatcher’s England in the 1980s, remains as relevant and powerful today.

Approximate run time: Top Girls plays in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.

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See Top Girls & enjoy dinner at MIDA for only $99!
This package includes a three course meal and a glass of wine at MIDA, and a ticket to Top Girls. Use code MIDA at check out to redeem this offer.

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