About Susan


DSC_0720Susan Mele is one of the most amazing people you may ever come into contact with….for real. It all started a long time ago in a small suburb on the south side of Chicago when she felt the urge to be seen by the masses. She began her acting career in high school at the Chicago Academy for Performing Arts and the rest is history. She studied theatre at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York and has a MFA from Towson University. After school she spent several years back in Chicago studying with many of the Chicago improv greats like Mick Napier from the Annoyance Theatre and Second City and Del Close from Improv Olympics. While living in Chicago she was in the original cast of Tony and Tina’s Wedding and was in the longest running shockumentary, Cannibal Cheerleaders on Crack.
What it all boils down to is that she has been involved in directing, acting, teaching and writing for the past 20 years and she loves it! She has directed grade school, high school, college and graduate school productions in Chicago, New York, LA and San Francisco. Her directing credits include one-person shows, sketch comedy, fully improvised pieces and musicals. Susan has created and write one-woman shows, shaped her original cabaret character Roxi Sarr , taught improvisation classes and has produced several original works.aboutsusan2

Her all female sketch comedy group, Nude Coffee started in Chicago and worked its way through the Midwest and onto the West Coast. Nude Coffee has performed at the Chicago Improv, SF Punchline, SF Fringe Festival, HBO Workspace and Edinburgh Fringe Festival just to name a few. Improv is a huge part of Susan’s life, world and universe. She is an improvisational teacher for New York Stage and Film at Vassar College and the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick, Maryland among many other places.

Just recently Susan has finished producing two shows through her production company, Tell Baby Productions. TBP is an independent production company dedicated to producing innovative film and theatre projects that reflect on the reality of life and all that surrounds it. The company was co-founded in 2000 by Kathleen Fontaine and Susan Mele. TBP has made it onto the international festival circuit with the short films Family Recipe and Phone a Bone. Recently Susan directed Kathleen in LEARNING TO STAY and that is one of many theatre projects that are currently in the works. Tell Baby Productions recently produced Rock, Paper, Scissors … Knife, a show about relationships at the Baltimore Theatre Project. The show was co-created by Susan and director Gene’ Fouche’. This one-woman show featuring Susan will be playing at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in July and at the New York Fringe Festival in August. To learn more about Tell Baby productions visit our website at www.tellbabyproductions.com.

aboutsusan3Now here’s the craziest thing of all….Susan is the mother of four children! In 2008 she was a finalist for Nickelodeon’s Funniest Mom in America where she presented some of her best mommy comedy at the DC Improv and the Laugh Factory in NYC.
She is an avid cyclist and has just completed two Olympic triathlons. This is not a joke. She has written a blog and tested Trek Women Specific Design bikes for the past two years and because of the response she had to her blog at Trek she has decided to continue her writing adventures at susanmele.com. In her free time Susan likes to breathe.