Faculty & Staff - Theatre

The Theatre faculty and staff are here to help the Suffolk University community as a whole—students should contact their professors and administrators to address all questions and concerns.

The department is located on the 12th floor of the Sawyer Building. The office is open Mondays - Fridays 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Contact us at the following number: 617-573-8282

Full-Time Faculty

Richard Chambers
Professor & Department Chair

Marilyn J. Plotkins
Professor, Director of Modern Theatre at Suffolk University
Founding Director of Boston Music Theatre Project

Wesley Savick

Laura Shink
Assistant Professor

Heather Stern
Assistant Professor

Part-time Faculty

Theatre part-time faculty may be reached at 617-573-8282.

The part-time faculty office is located in the Sawyer Building on the 12th floor.

Jim Bernhardt
General Manager

Scott Nicholas
Senior Lecturer

Visiting Artists

Maurice Emmanuel Parent

Maurice Emmanuel Parent is an actor, singer, dancer, educator, and mentor originally from the Washington, D.C., area. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Front Porch Arts Collective, “a black theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theater.” As an actor he has performed Off-Broadway and regionally at The York Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Futon Opera House, Neighborhood Opera Company, Barrington Stage, Music Theatre of Wichita, Cape Playhouse, Northern Stage, Huntington Theatre Co., New Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Co., Central Square Theater, Lyric Stage Co., Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., and Wheelock Family Theatre. Maurice has performed internationally with Gardner and Wife productions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is a resident company member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project. He has been nominated for four Elliot Norton Awards by The Boston Theater Critics Association, winning twice for Outstanding Actor (Midsize Theater): in 2017 for Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of Edward II, and in 2008 for three performances in the same season: Some Men at SpeakEasy Stage, Angels in America Parts I and II at Boston Theatre Works, and The Wild Party at New Repertory Theatre. Maurice has been nominated for 8 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) awards winning three, and most recently received a nomination for ‘Best Director of a Musical’ for his directorial debut, Daniel Beaty’s Breath and Imagination co-produced by The Front Porch and Lyric Stage Co. Parent’s history as an educator extends back nearly a decade. He’s taught for Northeastern University, MIT, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and spent nearly 6 years as a Performing Arts Specialist in the Boston Public School System. He was named the Boston College Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts for 2018-2019 and a Tufts University Neubauer Faculty Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. Currently Parent is a full time Professor of the Practice in the Tufts Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Parent received a BS in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a MA in Vocal Performance (Music Theatre) from New York University.

Kathy Wittman

Kathy Wittman has designed video projections and interactive media design for opera and theatre companies including Heartbeat Opera, the Florentine Opera, Odyssey Opera, and Queer Soup Theatre. In addition to projection design, she is the founder and principle artist at Ball Square Films, a video production company specializing in documentary photo and video for the performing arts. Current and favorite clients include the Huntington Theatre Company, Merrimack Rep, Peregrine Theatre Ensemble, Forward Theater, the Boston Early Music Festival, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Blue Heron, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, New England Conservatory, Heartbeat Opera, Beth Morrison Projects, White Snake Projects, the Decameron Opera Coalition, the Celebrity Series of Boston and the Mass Cultural Council.

Theatre Staff 

Jim Bernhardt
General Manager

Since receiving his BA in theatre from Southern Illinois University, Jim has worked as a production manager and a technical director throughout New England. Jim is proud to have served as The Cape Playhouse’s first Production Manager and to have been Project Manager and Shop Foreman at Cyco Scenic LLC. In 2007 Jim received his MFA in Theatre Production from Boston University. In addition to his duties as the Production Manager at Suffolk University, Jim maintains his professional connections doing work both in the city and nationally by teaching, overseeing portions of corporate events, and managing theatrical productions.

Shannon McIntosh
Production Manager

Shannon is a graduate of Boston University's Design program, with concentrations in lighting and sound design. At Suffolk University she designs department productions, manages all student design/technical work calls, guest lectures on the use of lighting & sound design in theatre classes, and oversees upgrades and maintenance of the technical systems used in the Modern and Sullivan Studio Theatres. Shannon also does freelance design work in Boston-area theatres and has been helpful in securing professional design and technical work for students interested in the field.

Rosalind Beauchemin
Communications Manager, Theatre Department & Modern Theatre

Rosalind executes marketing campaigns and special projects for the Suffolk University Theatre Department. She also serves as a project manager/producer for the Office of Marketing & Communications. Rosalind handles all production promotion and collateral, press and social media for the Department. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Theatre and Film Studies and Minor in Vocal Performance. She is a 2016 DASH nominee for "Best Actress in a Musical" and a 2015 IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) nominee for "Best Actress".

Emily O'Sullivan
Operations Manager

Emily is the Operations Manager at the Modern Theatre, coordinating events and performances in the space and with various groups throughout Suffolk University. Starting in Orlando Florida at the University of Central Florida BFA theatre program, she studied Lighting and Scenic Design, working at such spaces as the Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts, Orlando Repertory Theatre, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. She is a proud member of IATSE Local 11. Among her credits is Cortland Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Boston Lyric Opera, Greater Boston Stage Company, and Theatre By The Sea.

Erica Brown
Front of House Assistant

Erica manages the front of house and box office operations for the Modern and Sullivan Studio Theatres. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont. Erica spent many years as a stage manager in Boston and D.C. before transitioning into arts administration. In addition to her work at Suffolk, she also house manages at the Huntington Theatre Company and Arts Emerson.

Elektra T. Newman
Technical Assistant

Elektra T. Newman is often referred to as ‘a modern renaissance woman’. She has operated regionally as a freelance artist for nearly thirty theatre companies over the past couple years; which include The Huntington Theatre Co., Boston Conservatory, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, The Strand, SpeakEasy, Boston Center for the Arts & with The Gold Dust Orphans at the Lithuanian Citizens Association, all in a multiplicity of technical fields such as scenic carpentry/painting, lighting, sound, & stage/house management. She graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre & Arts Administration in 2018, & is honored to be back working with students & staff in such a capacity. She has many aspirations for the future, & someday hopes to fulfill an unforeseen destiny through the many ironic coincidences that make up her life.

Department Staff

Anita Sen
Administrative Services Manager
Sawyer Building, 10th Floor