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Then: Photo by Jim Dennis ca 1989

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Now: Photo by Jim Dennis ca 2017


   Singer, actress, filmmaker, scholar, and author Susheel Bibbs has toured in opera and concert presentations for over 30 years in the US, Canada, Asia, and in Europe.  Bibbs received degrees in Opera and Vocal Performance at Boston University’s School for the Arts and The New England Conservatory of Music as well as diplomas in Lieder and Opera from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She apprenticed, danced, debuted, and taught movement at the Santa Fe Opera.

   Bibbs made her recital debut In Boston’s famed Jordan Hall and her operatic debut with renowned Opera Company of Boston under Sarah Caldwell, where she was a soloist on their roster for several years. Concurrently she sang nationwide in opera and concert in venues such as The Santa Fe Opera, Alice Tully Hall (NYC), The LA and San Francisco Chamber Orchestras, & Las Vegas Philharmonic to name a few. She also starred in Offenbach’s Ba-ta-clan for PBS (WGBH-TV), sang in Robert Schuller’s international Hour of Power, and with Erich Werba on The Salzburg Festival’s televised program on works of Hugo Wolf.  She was a California Touring Artist for 13 years and toured extensively in operas such as Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and Donizetti's Don Pasquale, and in her own one-woman dramas and musical on Mary Ellen Pleasant, The Mother of Civil Rights in California; these she toured nationally and in Canada at large and for California Humanities and The National Parks Service.

   In her media career she has to date garnered 26 film awards, including 2 Telly Awards, and TV awards that include a national Emmy., Bibbs now has films on PBS, sings on tour, and presents master-classes on arias, concert spirituals, and black classical song. In 2012 she founded The Living Heritage Foundation to "pay it forward" by assisting other artists ( and in 2020 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who Among Women and profiled in a PBS/KVIE Arts Showcase, which is now seen nationally. Bibbs is being presented under The National Endowment for the Humanities and has received the Highest Commendation from the City and County of San Francisco for her work in the Arts and Humanities.


Susheel tours and screens films as Mary Pleasant! --


Meet Mary Pleasant  

  Bibbs' acclaimed one-woman (musical & dramatic) enactments

  (Live and on film):are being streamed and screened!!  Book  them for              online showings. Live performances will be booked in June for Fall 2021. 


 Contact/Bookings:  M.E.P. Productions at 

 Here's what reviewers are saying --

  • "the best in that arena!" (Sonoma News)

  • "We witnessed the passion and strength of Pleasant" (SF Post)

  • "Another extra special Star!" (Napa Register)

  • "Nothing short of brilliante!" ( Reviews)

  • "A great job of putting you there -- her vernacular, her acting, everything!"  (San Diego City College News)


Presentations & Appearances
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Support These Works

  • See Bibbs'  Hyers Sisters & Mary Pleasant films now on PBS

  • Get the films through "my shop" on or thru

  • Book Bibbs' award-winning Meet Mary Pleasant enactment or film screenings

  • Donate toward  distribution of her films to libraries and Universities