Dr. Suellen “Sue” Meyer Koppel has a Ph.D. in psychology, and is also a professional actor, storyteller, and improviser. She fell in love with acting at the age of four when she was in her first school show. Sue was the kid who would get friends together during recess to write and perform plays.
At the age of 16, Sue made two life-changing discoveries: 1) she was fascinated with the field of psychology; and 2) she wasn’t cut-out to deal with the continual and constant rejections which every actor experiences daily. Therefore, she decided to pursue a double-major in Psychology and Business at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Sue continued her studies at St. Louis University where she was awarded both the M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology. Her work in psychology spans over three decades. In that time she has been involved in helping individuals and organizations realize their maximum potential through counseling, coaching, assessments, training, and organizational development. She has consulted with a variety of organizations of every size including high tech, aerospace, insurance, public safety, medical, transportation, communications, educational, manufacturing, architectural, engineering, and retail. Her clients have included Boeing, Midwest American Transplant Services, Monsanto, St. Charles County Ambulance District, St. Louis University Medical Systems, Southwestern Bell, and Unigroup (formerly United Van Lines).
Sue never lost her love of acting so she continued to take acting classes and to audition, often feeling a need to hide that part of her life from her professors and other students, lest they think she wasn’t dedicated enough to psychology. She went on to work as a professional actor for stage, screen, and radio. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors’ Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Actors), has appeared in countless plays, numerous commercials, industrial films, and television shows. As a storyteller, she has performed at various festivals, malls, and for non-profits.
Her most recent passion is long-form improvisation. After studying this art form for a year, she went on to perform with three different improv teams.
Sue has been married for over 32 years to a computer programmer who also has eclectic interests. Together they have raised two successful, but demanding children to young adulthood.