susan IS a performance artist, entrepreneur and activist

Susan Lieu is a Vietnamese-American playwright, solo performer and activist whose parents are Vietnamese refugee nail salon workers.  Her first theatrical solo show,  “140 LBS: HOW BEAUTY KILLED MY MOTHER” it is the unfortunate true story of how Susan’s mother died from plastic surgery malpractice when Susan was 11 years old.  

In February 2019, Lieu held the world premiere of 140 LBS, directed by Sara Porkalob, at Theatre Off Jackson with a sold-out 9 show run.  In May 2019, Lieu made her San Francisco debut with a sold-out 7 show run in partnership with CAAMFest and The Marsh.  She is currently on a 5-City West Coast Tour.  Her work has been showcased with The Moth at Benaroya Hall, On the Boards, RISK!, Bumbershoot, LitCrawl and The World Economic Forum.  She has been profiled on KUOW 94.9, KING5 News, The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, The Seattle Channel, ABC7 News, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Press Democrat.  Her work is made possible by the generous support of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, Artist Trust, RealSelf and STG.  

Lieu will bring 140 LBS back to Seattle for an encore performance July 2019 and has plans for a national tour. In addition, Lieu collaborated with The Seattle Public Library and Book-It Theatre, to adapt and play the main character of The Best We Could Do, a graphic novel on the Vietnamese refugee experience.

Susan began performing comedy in 2011, at venues including the Purple Onion, Carolines on Broadway and Jet City Improv.  She has been the Artist-in-Residence at The Collective in Seattle and The Dent Conference. She is an alumna of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Program and Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. 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.