Alumni Profiles

Margie Sullivan ’81

Margie Sullivan “Attending Emerson makes you feel energized, creative, and unafraid to take risks."

Were you an undergraduate or graduate student, or both?

Undergraduate student.

Why did you decide to come to Emerson?

My high school theater teacher on Long Island, Mr. Clute, suggested I check out Emerson. I had wanted a school that was creative and challenging. I also loved the idea of Boston.

How is Emerson a part of your life today?

I work in the advertising industry and still use tools I learned at Emerson. I employ Emerson grads and hire students as interns. I serve as the Boston Chapter President and I serve on the Alumni Board.

Describe a favorite Emerson memory.

Working on the Emerson Comedy Workshop. I knew then that some of my peers would become stars!

Tell us about an "Emerson Connection."

I am married to my Emerson sweetheart (Theta brother John Kaplan) and have been for 23 years!

what is your title and how would you describe what you do to a current undergraduate?

I am an executive producer at Redtree. I produce television commercials, long format, and web projects for advertising.

Describe a notable achievement in your career.

I have produced many award-winning commercials and I was the EP on the award-winning documentary A Hero for Daisy.

What are your goals for the future?

To continue having fun at what I do and creating great work.

Describe Emerson in 3 sentences or less.

Attending Emerson makes you feel energized, creative, and unafraid to take risks.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Take advantage of all the school has to offer and take advantage of the creative city you will be living in for the next four years. Boston can help you be a better student.

What advice do you have for recent graduates?

Network, network, network. Take advantage of the Alumni Association.