Heather Stern

Assistant Professor of Practice, Theatre

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Director, Arts Administration and Audience Services; Director, Cross-College Academic Programming


Heather Fields Stern has a long career in professional arts management and teaching. Her professional credits include stage management on Broadway and in theatres across the United States, first national tours and in regional theatre. Special highlights include stage managing the concert versions of A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, The Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony, and the Emmy Award winning PBS broadcast with the San Francisco Symphony.

Heather is currently General Manager of The Mama Project based in Cape Town - dedicated to building community for women in South Africa through Art. Heather previously served as General Manager for the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, an award-winning professional theatre and education company in the Boston area, and Company Manager at the Paper Mill Playhouse, the historic, Tony-Award winning regional theatre company located in Millburn, New Jersey.

In addition to teaching and mentoring students at Suffolk University since 2015, Heather has also taught at Emerson College, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, and Salem State University.

Heather is committed to providing Suffolk students with the education and preparation necessary to flourish in the world of professional arts management.

She is currently completing her Masters in Arts Administration and Graduate Certificate in Fundraising at Boston University.

Heather is a member of Actors’ Equity Association – America’s national union representing actors and stage managers.


  • Master of Arts Administration – Boston University 2019
  • Graduate Certificate in Fundraising – Boston University
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences – Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan
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Courses Taught

  • CAS 101 Strategies of Success
  • CAS 201 College to Career
  • CAS HC235 Honors Co-Conspirators
  • CJ 193 Tackling Global Issues Creatively: Sustainable Development
  • THETR 187 Intro to Stage Management
  • THETR 281 Arts Administration I
  • THETR 384 Art & Artistry of Calling Show
  • THETR 481 Arts Administration II
  • THETR 510 Independent Study