Photo by Jim Dennis Photography 2017
"Quite simply superb!"
-James Wierzbicki, St. Louis Post Dispatch
Independent filmmaker, singer, actress, and scholar Susheel Bibbs, a graduate of Boston University School for the Arts in opera and The New England Conservatory of Music (Boston) in Vocal Performance, has served the Arts and Humanities for over 30 years. Bibbs is an internationally acclaimed classical singer, a national Emmy winner, and was once the youngest Executive Producer in the PBS system for a major international series. She has, since 2007, published an Amazon.com best-selling book called Heritage of Power, continued singing in concert and touring original one-woman presentations, and has produced 6 award-winning documentary films. In 2004 she completed advanced studies in Communications, and in 2010, she retired after lecturing long-term in The University of California at Berkeley’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department. By 2012 she had founded The Living Heritage Foundation to further the careers of other arts and media professionals who have advance programming on African Americans and women..
In music, Bibbs debuted in Boston's famed Jordan Hall and with The Opera Company of Boston. She has sung opera and concerts to acclaim internationally from Salzburg to Lincoln Center to The Santa Fe Opera. She also presented recitals on the touring rosters of The Missouri and California Arts Councils and one-woman programs for California Humanities' History Alive and The National Parks Service’s Network-to-Freedom Program. Bibbs has acted in six films and an award winning cartoon and served as a commentator on PBS, The Travel Channel, NPR, and on commercial television. She recently co-produced the acclaimed concert Masters of the Spiritual at Lincoln Center and online. She is a member of AGMA, ImDB, and CFF.
In media Bibbs has won both national and international awards for her work -- in addition to the national Emmy for the WGBH-TV/PBS series ZOOM, her CPB awards, she has won 17 international film-festival awards for her independent films since 2007 – two of them for directing and all either centered on Black classical song, Mother of Civil Rights Mary Ellen Pleasant, or 19th century music-innovators The Hyers Sisters. Her newest film, The Hyers Sisters'' Dream & Legacy, recently won the American Filmatic Arts Award (NY) and Best Documentary in The Olympus Festival (Los Angeles), and is still garnering recognition. Two of her films are now on PBS nationally.
In 2019 Bibbs was profiled by PBS Arts Showcase and the Arts in Entertainment Network. Personal awards in music and media have come from The International African-American Art-song Alliance (Los Angeles), Friends of Negro Spirituals (Oakland), The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Afro-American Museum (Los Angeles), The City Museum (St. Louis), and Marquis’ Who’s Who Among Women for Lifetime Achievement. For her body of work in the Arts and Humanities, the Supervisors of The City and County of San Francisco have awarded Susheel Bibbs their Highest Commendation.