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Elizabeth Liang

Elizabeth Liang is an actress, writer, producer, and workshop leader. Her one-woman show, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey, toured internationally in theatres, festivals, Off Off Broadway, the US college circuit, conferences, international schools, and the US Embassy from 2013 to 2019. It was made into a movie, now on DVD and streamable. Her essays on developing the show and producing Chekhov's Three Sisters have been published and reprinted. She has acted on stage, new media, television, and film. Elizabeth (Lisa) has lead her workshop on creating a solo show, memoir, or personal essay at colleges, universities, and conferences in the US; she has also lead private sessions in L.A. and via Skype with participants all over the world. Lisa co-hosted Hapa Happy Hour, the longest running podcast on the mixed race and TCK experiences. Click here to read her interview for VoyageLA.

Elizabeth Liang: actress, writer, producer, and workshop leader

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Elizabeth (Lisa) was raised in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and Connecticut as a Guatemalan-American business brat of Chinese-Spanish-Irish-French-German-English descent.

Education & Training
She graduated from Wesleyan University, where she got her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Film Studies. Elizabeth transferred to Wesleyan from Wellesley College, where she had won the Isabelle Eastman Fisk Performance Prize for acting. After graduating, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City during the summer before she moved to Los Angeles.

In L.A. she studied acting with Jonathan Banks, Marilyn Fox & Gar Campbell at Pacific Resident Theatre, and Cinda Jackson at The Lost Studio. She also studied Shakespeare with Louis Fantasia, and improv with ComedySportz and Gary Austin, co-founder of The Groundlings.

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On stage Elizabeth has acted at the Bootleg Theater, Critical Mass Performance Group, East West Players, Theatre of NOTE, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Quantum Theatre Company, 2100 Sq Ft, and Pacific Resident Theatre, among others.

She also served as Co-President of the Artistic & Management Committee at NOTE. Elizabeth has won Stage Scene LA, Garland, and LA Weekly Awards. Her stage performances were twice named among the "5 Best of the Year by Leading Actresses" by Review Plays and one was also included in the "Top 10 of the Year" by Dave Barton of the OC Weekly.

Elizabeth has acted in both English- and Spanish-language features and short films that have been screened all over the globe. Some of her television credits include "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Bob ❤️ Abishola," and a recurring role on "The West Wing."

Alien Citizen
Her one-woman show, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey, has toured in 14 states and four continents. It is also a movie now on DVD and streamable.

Writing & Podcast
Elizabeth is also a published author. Her essay about the process of writing her solo show, “Checked Baggage: Writing Unpacked,” was published in the anthology Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids. For three years she had the column "TCK Talent" in The Displaced Nation, in which she interviewed adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs) who work in creative fields.

Elizabeth is the co-host of the podcast Hapa Happy Hour, which explores and celebrates the mixed-heritage experience. This subject was highlighted in her production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in which all of the siblings were played as Hapa (multiracial of partially Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent) by hapa actors. She wrote an essay about the experience, “Transforming Three Sisters,” which was published in a special issue of the scholarly journal Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies.

Elizabeth leads a workshop on writing one's solo show, memoir, or personal essay. She also blogs about solo show creation. She has a special affinity for cross-cultural stories and continues to search for ways to give voice to the experiences of global nomads and multiracial/multi-ethnic people like herself.

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