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Susan Lieu

Artist-In-Residence // Dent 2019

Susan Lieu is a Vietnamese-American playwright and solo performer whose parents are Vietnamese refugee nail salon workers.  Her one-woman show, “140 LBS,” is the unfortunate true story of how Susan’s mother went in for plastic surgery and died due to a malpractice incident.  At the time, Susan was 11 years old. In 2018, she has performed this show at the On the Boards’ Northwest New Works Festival and Bumbershoot.  Her work has been profiled in the Northwest Asian Weekly and is supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and King County’s 4Culture program.

Susan began performing as a stand-up comic in 2012, at venues including the Purple Onion (headliner, San Francisco), Carolines on Broadway (New York City) and Jet City Improv (show cast member, Seattle).  Her training includes Yale School of Drama, Freehold Theatre, and Jet City Improv.  She has a BA in Social Studies from Harvard, an MBA from Yale and is the co-founder of Socola Chocolatier, an artisanal chocolate company in San Francisco.  She is a current Artist-in-Residence at The Collective in Seattle.

My Sessions

140 LBS

“140 LBS” is a solo performance written and performed by Susan Lieu, a first-generation American born to Vietnamese refugees, directed by Paul Budraitis. “140 LBS” is the true story of how Susan’s mother went in for plastic surgery and died due to a medical malpractice incident. At the time, Susan was 11 years old. The […]

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