We are pleased to welcome performing artist and arts advocate Michael Liu as our new Manager of Chinese Community Initiatives. Mr. Liu’s position is in part funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and by private contributions, including Flushing Town Hall supporter Tai Wang.
“Our new Manager of Chinese Community Initiatives, Michael Liu, is a performing artist and arts advocate with international experience and a track record of success across multiple disciplines,” said Ellen Kodadek, Flushing Town Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director.
“I am honored to work with Flushing Town Hall,” Mr. Liu said. “I plan to devote attention to fostering opportunities for creative development, utilizing the arts to connect diverse peoples and cultures, and promoting arts equity by exploring new policies and practices to optimize the availability and distribution of resources and to make the arts accessible to the broadest possible audiences.”
Mr. Liu has worked with some of the world’s leading contemporary artists, including Robert Wilson and Wei Hai-Min (魏海敏), and has held positions responsible for production management, venue management, development, programming, marketing, teaching, translation and interpretation.
Previously, from 2011 to 2015, Mr. Liu served as theater manager at Theatre80, an historic off-Broadway venue in the East Village. During this time, he played an instrumental role in turning the venue’s finances from an annual six-figure deficit to a six-figure surplus.
Prior to that, he was programming associate and project manager at Taiwan Performing Arts Center, formally known as National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, and theater manager at the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation.
Fluent in English and Mandarin, Mr. Liu graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University with an M.A. in Arts Politics in 2011. He holds an M.F.A. in Theater from Taipei National University of the Arts, and a B.A. in Diplomacy from Taiwan’s National Chengchi University.
Trained and experienced as a professional actor, singer, and director, Mr. Liu performed for national audiences in Taiwan before transforming his career to administration. He enjoyed critical acclaim interpreting the father in Proof 2010, for which he was nominated for Best Actor of the Youngster Theatre Festival 2010; and, in the lead role of Nicola Tesla in Tesla, an original biographical play that depicted the lifelong endeavors of an amazingly talented scientist.