Marilyn Plotkins, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Theatre

Phone 617-973-5360
Fax: 617-742-5024
Office: Archer Building, Rm. 449






  • PhD, Tufts University
  • MA, Emerson College
  • BA, University of Pittsburgh


Marilyn Plotkins has been directing, producing, and facilitating professional and student productions at Suffolk University for thirty years where she is a tenured professor and chair of the Theatre Department. She has championed new work both inside the department and as founding director for the Boston Music Theatre Project (BMTP) making a specialty of developing new musicals. She led the renovation of the Modern Theatre which became the recipient of a National Trust for Historic Preservations Award. As artistic director of the Modern Theatre she has nurtured programmatic relationships with cultural institutions e.g. the Boston Playwright’s Theatre, the Actor’s Shakespeare Project, the Boston Preservation Alliance, Casa Patas, Central Square Theatre, The Goethe Institute, and WGBH Radio to name a few. Most recently, she led the collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company who co-produced the world premiere of Robert Brustein’s The Last Will, the third in a trilogy of plays about Shakespeare’s life and work which were all produced by Suffolk University in their world premieres. Marilyn has served on the New Works and Festival panels for the National Alliance for Music Theatre and the Performance Review Panel at Radcliffe College’s Bunting Institute.


The American Repertory Theatre: The Brustein Years published by Praeger Press.