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 

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

Wesley Savick, MFA
Professor

Richard Chambers, MFA
Professor

Laura Shink, MFA
Assistant Professor

Heather Stern, MSAA
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
Director of Production

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.

Department Staff

Jim Kaufman
Managing Director
Jim manages the Modern Theatre and new Studio Theatre to enable students to achieve their educational, artistic, and professional goals at Suffolk and beyond. He also co-teaches the Arts Administration class with colleague Heather Stern. Jim has diverse artistic and management experience in theatre and film as producer, director, actor, and composer with professional credits at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, New York City’s Public Theatre, Chicago's Symphony Center, WGBH Public Television, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Opryland in Nashville, and the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee. He is a board member of the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA. Jim holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jim Bernhardt
Director of Production
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.

Steven McIntosh
Technical Director
Steve is a graduate of Boston University's Design program, with concentrations in lighting and sound design. At Suffolk University he 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 New Studio Theatres. Steve 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.

Ben Sigda
Operations Coordinator, Modern Theatre
Ben has been working as a theatrical technician since he graduated in 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Theatrical Lighting Design from Boston University. Since graduating, Ben has worked as a freelance technician for many companies and theaters in the greater Boston area. He has been a purchasing agent for The Huntington Theatre Co., and a System Installations Project Manager for Barbizon Light of New England. Ben currently runs the technical side of Suffolk’s Modern Theatre.

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".

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.

Administrative Services Team

The administrative services team supports the following departments:

  • Art & Design
  • Communication, Journalism, & Media
  • Theatre

General inquiries may be sent to us via email.

Anita Sen
Administrative Services Manager
617-973-5330
Sawyer Building, 10th Floor

Michael Hadley
Administrative Coordinator
617-573-8282
Sawyer Building, 12th Floor

Elaine Jue
Administrative Coordinator
617-557-1535
Sawyer Building, 10th Floor

Chloe Tolman
Administrative Coordinator
617-573-5701
Samia, 4th Floor