This fall, we would like to introduce you to our family, the folks who make Flushing Town Hall tick. You may know some of them, or simply see them hard at work making sure you enjoy a great show, program and workshop.
But rather than just share their bios with you, we thought we’d have some fun, and so we posed a bunch of offbeat questions to the staff. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Michael Liu.
“I’m the Manager of Chinese Community Initiative and basically anything #China, #Chinese, #Taiwan, #Taiwanese, #Hong Kong, #Mandarin will go to my inbox. I’m a proud newbie in Flushing Town Hall!,” he says.
Michael 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, he 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, he 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.
What is your favorite feature of Flushing Town Hall?
I love telling people that we have a jail cell built from Civil War period.
What is your secret pleasure?
Binge watching “The West Wing,” “House of Cards” and “How I Met Your Mom.”
What were your best and worst subjects in school?
I thought English was my best subject in school because I always got good grades but later I found out I needed to be far better than best to survive, which suddenly made English my worse subject.
If you could be a superhero, who would it be?
I’d like to be Gregneto: a hybrid of Gene Grey and Magneto. Well, if they aren’t considered heroes, at least I’ll make a hero out of Gregneto.