Susheel (Cheryl Susheel) Bibbs
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  • Sacramento, CA
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My current Project Title:
Voices for Freedom - The Hyers Sisters' Legacy
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I'm an SFF Filmmaker
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About me - current project:
=NOW IN FESTIVALS --VOICES FOR FREEDOM: The Hyers Sisters' Legacy, my 30 min film on the Hyers Sisters, is screening across the country and on June 20-27 has a run in Hollywood at the Laemmle Noho7, 6:30 pm daily ($10)!

The Hyers were 19th-century African-American divas who gave voice to the humanity of their people and created the first American musicals!

=Voices will be on DVD after June 27 2019 via its website
The trailer is ready and there for viewing now

=My award-winning feature Meet Mary Pleasant is on PBS again in HD through 2021

=Facebook page:

=MEET MARY PLEASANT is an acclaimed, award winning film on PBS and an acclaimed one-woman performance by Susheel Bibbs. See a recent review of the show below.

=Book at
Now on DVD and VoD on

TAX-deductible donations to expand the Hyers film to 60 min: Go to
Mail: Checks to LHF, c/o 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento,CA 95838
Laurels, awards and other accomplishments:
Key links:
=Home site: Susheel Bibbs
=Hyers Site:
=Meet Mary Pleasant Site: www/
== The film is on

Who is Mary Pleasant?

= See a Pleasant review:

=Accomplishments: TV series, independent films, Tours, Degrees in opera from Boston U and New England Conservatory, PhD in Communications. National EMMY winner, Film fest awards

=Award Highlights: National Emmy, Two CPB Best Program Awards, Best Director of a Documentary (NYIIFF 09),14 Independent film-festival awards, including 2 Telly Awards. More.
My home region is:
Capital Region

Brief Bio

Susheel Bibbs, PhD.  


   Filmmaker-performer Susheel Bibbs (Susheel) is an acclaimed touring singer, an author, and an award-winning director-filmmaker. She also heads the new Living Heritage Foundation in Sacramento. Bibbs tours for screenings and performances as an actress and singer, and continues work on Independent films.  

   In music, she graduated from the Boston University School for the Arts in Opera and the New England Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance.   sang with many opera companies where she won international acclaim. Bibbs made her touring recital entitled The Unsung Muse, Classical Song of Black Composers into her first independent film. Her films always combine her talents as a writer, filmmaker, and performer.

Among these are the TV special called An Unsung Muse (Classical Song of Black Composers),  the award-winning Meet Mary Pleasant, Mother of Civil Rights in California, which screened on PBS from 2009-2017, at the Cannes Film Festival (Marche du Film), and won five film festival and one California Telly Award.  Her new film has a June 2017 debut --It is a short on The Hyers Sisters, 19th century divas who created the first musical and fought for human dignity.

    Bibbs was one the youngest PBS Executive Producer and was one of the first recipients of the Keeper of the Spiritual Award by Friends of Negro Spirituals, Inc.  In 1999 Bibbs  received the title "foremost expert on Mary Ellen Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights in California)" from the Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco in their Highest Commendation, which cited her outstanding contributions to the arts and humanities

See Awards/Activities listings below   

Key Web site:



  • TV short: An Unsung Muse (Classical Song of Black Composers), KTOP-TV, Oakland, (DVD, VoD)
  • Meet Mary Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights in California) National PBS, KVIE-TV (short and feature versions), (DVD, VoD)
  • Book: Heritage of Power, DVD:  Meet Mary Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights),

Screenings: Meet Mary Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights) -- feature version 2009-2017; short version 2007-2016 on Film Festivals across the US and on Public Television.

Touring Lectures/Masterclasses:  

  • The Art of the Spiritual -- a touring master class.  
  •  Voices for Freedom! -- National multimedia lectures with song on The Hyers Sisters (African-American activist divas of the 1880's) --  (also a film short) 2012-2016. 
  • Meet Mary Pleasant and Before Martin There Was Mary -- International lectures on Mary Pleasant 1999-201l

Dramatic works:

  • Meet Mary Pleasant -- a touring one-woman show (chautauqua)  60-90 min.


  • Keeper of the Spiritual Award -- Friends of Negro Spirituals, Oakland
  • Two CPB Best Program Awards for dramatic radio productions
  • An Action for Children's Television Award
  • A national Emmy as Executive Producer at WGBH-TV, Boston, for ZOOM TV series
  • Six Independent-Film Awards, including -- 
  1. A Peace Reel Medallion (Berkeley Film and Video Festival) '07 for The Legacy of Mary Ellen Pleasant--Best Short: Meet Mary Pleasant
  2. A Silver Telly (broadcast award--California Telly Awards) '08 for The Legacy of Mary Ellen Pleasant (on KVIE, CA Public TV) 
  3. "Best Historical Documentary" Feature, '07  (The New York International, Independent Film Festival -NYIFVF), Hollywood-- Meet Mary Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights in California)
  4. “Best Director of a Documentary” Feature '09 (NYIFVF), New York --Meet Mary Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights in California)
  5. “The Gold Kahuna Award for Excellence in Filmmaking” 2010 (Honolulu International Film Festival),  Feature:  Meet Mary Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights), which was screened at Cannes '08.  
  6. HBFF Finalist Ribbon, Feature: --  Meet Mary Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights in California)
  • Personal Awards:  Certificate Awards/Commendations for contributions to humanities and music:  Touring Artist Awards:  California Arts Council, MO Arts Council, MO Role Model Experiences Program, St. Louis, Callfornia Humanities performance grants; The Highest Commendation of the Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco;   The California African American Museum Certificate Award for Contributions to Women's History,  Certificate of Acceptance:The National Parks Service, Certificate of Award for Community Contributions in the Arts: St. Louis City Museum.

           A Writer's Digest Book Award, '99 for her book on Pleasant --Heritage     of Power (now on, kindle -- 2011 revised or enlarge

Susheel (Cheryl Susheel) Bibbs's Blog

New FILM for 2017 -- Take a look!

Posted on October 8, 2017 at 2:44pm 0 Comments

 UPDATE-- More at…

Bibbs' new Hyers documentary debuts and screens Fall 2017

Posted on July 29, 2017 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

A stunning performance documentary with internationally acclaimed artists tells the Hyers’ story in word and song with a hip-hop narrator who interprets its meaning for our day.


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At 6:25pm on May 6, 2012, Susheel Bibbs Site said…


Disregard other site

At 1:08pm on January 6, 2011, Martin Anaya said…


think we got your page fixed! Check it now! Also, see you Friday?? If so, RSVP here:

At 1:20am on December 28, 2010, Martin Anaya said…



you got it! Your page is up! YAY!



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