Feed
Index






Click here for THE PLAY

Click here for THE MOVIE



UPDATES
The first critics' reviews of the movie are RAVES! Click here and here to read them.

March 2018: Audiences at the Critical Mixed Race Studies and Families in Global Transition conferences gave the movie high praise:

"Alien Citizen is a must watch. Wish it could be seen around the world...From one TCK to another - Thank you." -Marilyn Gardner, Speaker, Blogger, Author of Worlds Apart

"I'm so glad I finally saw this performance. It's so powerful, brought me to tears...you have done something amazing." -Janneke Muyselaar-Jellema, from DrieCulturen: Blogger, ATCK, Medical Doctor

"...a fantastic, thought-provoking, hilarious, poignant performance, screening and discussion...Your voice is much-needed and much-appreciated by members of the mixed race and third-culture communities." -Maria Leonard Olsen, Esq., Attorney, Radio Show Host, Author

Stay tuned for info on the next screening of the movie and live performance of the play!
Who are you when you’re from everywhere and nowhere?
Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey is a funny and poignant one-woman show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England.

Click here to BOOK Alien Citizen at your campus, conference, theatre, or event.




BLOG: Suitcase Factory

"Strikes such a profound and memorable chord..."
Click This Link for Williams College's Rave Review of the Live Show

Click This Link for Shortcut to Live Show's Trailer & Excerpts!

A SAMPLE OF AUDIENCE MEMBERS' RESPONSES
What an engaging, poignant and entertaining show! What a delicious, fulfilling evening of theatre! How refreshing your voice is, how interesting (even educational).
-Marilyn Tokuda, former Arts Education Director, East West Players

Elizabeth Liang's comic timing, flair for the telling detail, massive range of emotive ability, and willingness to wrench open the wounds we all have are what first strike the viewer. But what remains is the knowledge that we gain from all great art: we are not alone.
-Dr. Wendy Laura Belcher, Princeton University

It was profound for all of us...brings laughter and tears to anyone who has lived this life or knows others who have. It is a great show, presenting the gifts as well as the challenges.
-Ruth Van Reken, author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

SYNOPSIS
Elizabeth Liang, like President Obama, is a Third Culture Kid or a TCK. Third Culture Kids are the children of international business people, global educators, diplomats, missionaries, the military -- anyone whose family has relocated overseas because of a job placement. Liang weaves humorous stories about growing up as an Alien Citizen abroad with American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack through language confusion, first love, culture shock, Clark Gable, and sandstorms…

Our protagonist deals with the decisions every global nomad has to make repeatedly: to adapt or to simply cope; to build a bridge or to just tolerate. From being a Guatemalan-American teen in North Africa to attending a women’s college in the USA, Alien Citizen reflects her experience that neither one was necessarily easier than the other. She realizes that girls across the world are growing into womanhood in environments that can be hostile to females (including the USA). How does a young girl cope as a border/culture/language/religion straddler in country after country that feels "other" to her when she is the “other?” Where is the line between respecting others and betraying yourself?

Humor is a great survival mechanism! And friends make all the difference.

Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when we’re coming to a venue near you.






Who are you when you’re from everywhere and nowhere?



Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey, the movie, is the filmed version of Elizabeth Liang's funny and poignant one-woman show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England. It includes special features and there is an institutional version that includes even more. Click here for the Press Kit.
The first review of the movie is a RAVE: While specific to one woman’s life, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey is as mind-engaging and heart-touching as solo performances get, and with Liang’s one-woman show now available for worldwide home-and-school viewing, its informative, inspiring journey has only just begun. -Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA
Click here to read it in its entirety.

For more Movie Reviews and Audience Response, scroll down.

Order your DVD! (Scroll down.)

COLOR/DUAL LAYER/NTSC REGION 0
Viewable on any Blu-ray player, NTSC DVD player, and many PAL/SECAM DVD players

Online streaming coming soon.

Individual (Home Use) DVD: $24.99


SPECIAL FEATURES
• Post-performance Q&A with the director, star, and audience
• Interviews of Elizabeth's parents and brother about being an expat/TCK family
• Deleted scenes from the original stage production

Institutional (K-12/University/Library) DVD: $249.99


SPECIAL FEATURES
Everything in the Individual Use version, PLUS:

• The Tool Kit (digital study guide), consisting of:
     • Definitions of terms (TCK, Multiracial, etc.)
     • Recommended reading & viewing lists
     • Recommended websites for intercultural learning
     • 35+ clips of the show, with each clip followed
     by related questions for the viewer.

         These can be used for:
        • in-class discussions
        • interactive workshops
        • orientation for new students
        • group and individual counseling
        • writing prompts for personal essays, memoirs, solo shows, conference presentations
        • other creative endeavors
     • And more!








PAYMENT OPTIONS: PAYPAL below or U.S. CHECK FROM U.S. BANK (click to print ORDER FORM)
Version





MOVIE REVIEWS
It’ll make you laugh, cry, yell “HELL YES!” at the screen...Elizabeth’s linguistic skills and ability to mimic accents and mannerisms brings the colourful characters to life...As so much of the piece resonated with me, as it will for many migrants, I found myself wishing all my friends and family who struggle to understand my lifestyle would also watch it and understand me better...In Elizabeth’s audience we get a sense of belonging, of feeling non-alien.
-Victoria Mitchell, Huffington Post contributor, Freelance Writer, Blogger, Content Creator

While specific to one woman’s life, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey is as mind-engaging and heart-touching as solo performances get, and with Liang’s one-woman show now available for worldwide home-and-school viewing, its informative, inspiring journey has only just begun.
-Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA Fim Review

Once again, we experienced the power of storytelling for creating awareness, healing through sharing, and revealing what still needs first aid...she stokes laughter of recognition from the innards of her audience...she offers something that others can somehow relate to in their own stories and start to accept with a chuckle...Liang explores her story with force of fact and confession of impact but does not whine or blame. Rather her performance is powered by an empathetic ownership for her past that connects her with her audience.
-Dr. George Simons & the diversophy® Team

AUDIENCE RESPONSE
It is so incredibly moving. Such a great resource for trainings and classroom discussions about important topics of identity, belonging, and being a global and multiethnic person.
-Farzana Nayani, Diversity & Inclusion and Intercultural Specialist

If you want to spend 91 minutes laughing and crying, this is what you need to watch. This film of her one-woman show is galvanizing—Lisa Liang has nailed the Third Culture Kid/Global Nomad experience in all its highs and lows. Thank you, Lisa, for helping me revisit and uncover those extraordinary experiences, and relive the emotions. Your courage has helped me in my continuous search to find closure.
-Cookie F., Intercultural Trainer and Adult TCK

It spoke to us on many levels. The timing couldn’t be better. I’m on the cusp of my next assignment overseas and we don’t know how to tell our daughter we’ll be moving… But one very important new thing Alien Citizen helped realize: don’t force our daughter to suppress her feelings to reinforce my glass-half-full outlook... Thank you again.
-Peter E., State Dept Foreign Service Officer

It was amazing! I laughed and cried…I didn't want it to end. I'm sure it will continue to give others a better understanding of what it's like to be a TCK.
-Missy R., Writer

Profound and extraordinary and wonderful—like being swooped into deep space. We were carried away.
-C.O. Moed, Writer-Photographer

I was floored by the story line and performance. So impressive! I laughed out loud and cried—fantastic. The interviews at the end add a lot, too.
-Theodore H., Computer scientist

Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when we’re coming to a venue near you.






UPCOMING

The show is now available on DVD!
It will soon be streamable online!

BOOKING THE "LIVE" SHOW

To bring Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey to your college campus, international school, theatre, or other venue, with the options of a Q&A and/or a workshop on writing one's solo show or memoir, please email: acsoloshow[at]gmail[dot]com or click here.

PAST

March 9, 2018:
🎥 The movie had its European/International premiere at the Families in Global Transition Conference in The Hague, the Netherlands.

March 1, 2018:
🎥 The movie had its East Coast USA premiere at the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at the University of Maryland.

October 27 - November 19, 2017:
🎭 8 performances in the Solo Queens Festival in Los Angeles, CA, USA at the Bootleg Theater.
Lead workshop at Bootleg on November 11 from 1-3pm.
The show played in rep with Kristina Wong's The Wong Street Journal and Valerie Hager's Naked in Alaska.

October 20, 2017:
🎥 The movie premiered at the SIETAR USA Conference.

May 5, 2016:
🎭 Citrus College at the Haugh Performing Arts Center at 2:40pm. (Free.)

April 27, 2016:
🎭 Singapore American School

April 25, 2016:
🎭 Canadian International School in Singapore

January 30, 2016:
🎭 Smith College at the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at 7pm, followed by a Q&A with a panel of student TCKs and Lisa. (Free.)

November 20, 2015:
🎭 🎥 Show recorded before a "live" audience at the Vs. Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

September 16, 2015:
🎭 DePaul University: Performed excerpt and lead workshop in Professor Laura Kina's "Mixed Race Art & Identity" seminar.

July 3, 2015:
🎭 Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

May 23, 2015:
🎭 SIETAR-Europa Congress in Valencia, Spain.

April 22, 2015:
🎭 University of Arizona at 7pm in the Kiva Room (#211) of the Education Building. (Free.)

April 16, 2015:
🎭 San Diego State University at 5pm, followed by Q&A w/ director Sofie Calderon & Elizabeth, in the 2nd Floor Theatre of the Aztec Student Union. (Free.)

March 3, 2015:
🎭 Santa Clara University in the Music & Dance Recital Hall at 7:30pm. (Free.)

November 13-15, 2014:
🎭 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at DePaul University in Chicago.
On panel "Creating and Performing a Live Performance Piece" on November 13 at 2:15pm.
Performance of Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey excerpt on November 15 at 5pm.
(Free registration.)

October 31, 2014:
🎭 Carleton College at Skinner Chapel at 10:50am. EXCERPTS + Q&A. (Free.)

October 2, 2014:
🎭 Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD) in the Back Alley of Morrison Commons at 7pm. (Free.)

September 30, 2014:
🎭 IMF Family Association at Bretton Woods Recreation Center

September 18, 2014:
🎭 Williams College at 7:30pm in Adams Memorial Theatre at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. (Free.)

August 20 & 22, 2014:
🎭 Tjarnarbíó creative center in Reykjavík, Iceland at 8pm.
Many thanks to our generous backers, listed on our News and About Alien Citizen pages.
Here's the campaign page: Kickstarter: Iceland Wants ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey!

May 13, 2014:
🎭 World Bank Family Network Gala Dinner in Washington, DC

May 10, 2014:
🎭
United States of Asian America Festival
in San Francisco, sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Tix: $12.

April 10, 2014:
🎭 Wesleyan University at 8pm in the Memorial Chapel, hosted by MiX, Ajua Campos, AASC, Women of Color Collective, and PANGEA student groups. Sponsored by Ajua Campos, College of East Asian Studies, SBC, and Wesquisqueya. (Free.)

March 25-28, 2014:
🎭 Balboa Academy, International School of Panama, and the US Embassy in Panama City, Panama

March 23, 2014:
🎭 Closing keynote at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) conference in Virginia

February 21, 2014:
🎭 M.I.T. at 7pm in Auditorium # 6-120. (Free.)

February 12, 2014:
🎭 Princeton University at Whitman College Class of 1970 Theatre. (Free.)

January 2014:
🎭 California State University, Los Angeles: Performed excerpt and lead workshop for two classes back-to-back.

September 24 & 25, 2013:
🎭 Opened the Women at Work Festival at Stage Left Studio Off Off Broadway. Most proceeds went to The Girl Effect.

May 3, 2013 - June 1, 2013:
🎭 World Premiere at the Asylum Lab, Hollywood. There was a talkback organized by Multiracial Americans of Southern California on Friday, May 31. (33% of proceeds using "MASC" code went to MASC.)

Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when we’re coming to a venue near you.

WORLD PREMIERE CREDITS

World Premiere
Presented by HapaLis Productions
in association with
Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC)

Written, Produced, and Performed
by Elizabeth Liang
Directed by Sofie Calderon
Associate Produced by Richard Lee,
Karen Smith, and Wendy Belcher
Assistant produced by Leila Ciszewski
Stage Managed by Michelle Hilyard
House Managed by Charls Sedgwick Hall,
Kate Huffman, Inger Tudor
Lighting & Projections Design by Matt Richter
Sound Design by Dennis Yen
Graphic and Program Design by
Gene Michael Barrera

Asylum Lab, 1078 Lillian Way, Hollywood, CA
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
Previewed May 3, Ran May 4 - June 1, 2013
There was a talkback organized by MASC on Friday, May 31. (33% of proceeds using "MASC" code went to MASC.)

Credit for International Tour:
Additional Projection and Sound Design
by tour Co-producer Daniel Lawrence.


SYNOPSIS

Who are you when you’re from everywhere and nowhere? Alien Citizen is a funny and poignant one-woman show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England.

Elizabeth Liang, like President Obama, is a Third Culture Kid or a TCK. Third Culture Kids are the children of international business people, global educators, diplomats, missionaries, and the military -- anyone whose family has relocated overseas because of a job placement. Liang weaves humorous stories about growing up as an Alien Citizen abroad with American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack through language confusion, first love, culture shock, Clark Gable, and sandstorms…

Our protagonist deals with the decisions every global nomad has to make repeatedly: to adapt or to simply cope; to build a bridge or to just tolerate. From being a Guatemalan-American teen in North Africa to attending a women’s college in the USA, Alien Citizen reflects her experience that neither one was necessarily easier than the other. She realizes that girls across the world are growing into womanhood in environments that can be hostile to females (including the USA). How does a young girl cope as a border/culture/language/religion straddler in country after country that feels "other" to her when she is the “other?” Where is the line between respecting others and betraying yourself?

Humor is a great survival mechanism! And friends make all the difference.

Click for Williams College's Rave Review!

To bring Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey to your college campus, international school, theatre, or other venue, with the option of a Q&A or a workshop on writing one's solo show or memoir, please email: acsoloshow[at]gmail[dot]com or click here.


HISTORY

Elizabeth Liang developed the script with the help of a scholarship to the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute, Terrie Silverman's solo-show master class, and on her own. Segments of the show have also been performed at the "5,000 Women" Festival at Wesleyan University, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, East West Players, Beyond Baroque, the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) conference, CSULA, Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) conference, and the "Growing Up Global" class at Princeton University.

The show had a successful 5-week run at the Asylum Lab in Hollywood, CA in May 2013. It then opened the Stage Left Women at Work Festival Off Off Broadway on September 24-25, 2013; the festival tour continued with the United States of Asian America Festival in San Francisco on May 10, 2014 and the first annual Solo Queens Festival in Los Angeles from October 27 to November 19, 2017. The college tour began in February 2014 at Princeton University and M.I.T., continuing at Wesleyan in April, Williams in September, Augustana and Carleton in October 2014, Santa Clara University in March 2015, San Diego State and University of Arizona in April 2015, Smith in January 2016, and Citrus in May 2016. The world tour began at two international schools and the US Embassy in Panama in March 2014 and continued in Iceland in August 2014, where Elizabeth was the first American artist and first Guatemalan artist to perform at Tjarnarbíó Creative Center in Reykjavík. She subsequently performed the show at the SIETAR Europa congress in Valencia, Spain in May 2015 and at the Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in July 2015 as the conference's final event. She continued her international school tour at two schools in Singapore in April 2016.

The show was made into a movie that premiered in San Diego, California at the SIETAR USA conference in October 2017. It had its US East Coast premiere at the Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) conference at the University of Maryland in March 2018. It had it European/International premiere at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) conference in The Hague, the Netherlands in March 2018.

Successful Indiegogo Campaign for SIETAR-Europa Congress (Spain) and WPI Conference (South Africa)

Heartfelt thanks to our incredibly generous backers for helping the show go to intercultural conferences in Spain and South Africa:
Helen (Kami) Amestoy Lee, Ronald Antinoja, Eric Baldwin, Michelle Bezanson, Jennifer Blaine, Cathryn Brubaker, Angela Bullock,
Jennifer Carmody, Shawna Casey & Jack Kehler, Joan Chodorow, Karen Christensen, Maire Clerkin, Phillip Curry, Francesca D'Amico,
Lisa De Fuso, Peter Evans, Laura Finnegan, Myriam Fizazi-Hawkins, Genevieve Fong, Audrey Freudberg, Susanna Apold Frost, Nick Garey, Lily Theresa Gatica, Kimiko Gelman Prosky, Prince Gomolvilas, Rebecca Gray, Dawn Greenidge, Randy Gritz, Evelyn Hall, Stephen Hall,
Nancy Harris, Leonard Herzog, Nancy Keystone, Kathy Kilsby, Sezín Koehler, Eliza Lanman, Gene Lee, Juan M. Lee, Richard Lee, Harry Liang, Susan Liang, Moses Ling, Victoria Longland, Karen J. Martinson, Shelley Mills, Cecilia Neher, Gino Pellegrini, Penny & Jim Peters,
Alina Phelan Ballou, Debra Poneman, Veronica Proctor, Diahann Reyes, Julia Simens, Brigid Todish, Amy Waddell, Terri Wagener, Phil Ward, Alice Wu, Maria Zabala, and Anonymous

Successful Kickstarter Campaign for Iceland

Enormous thanks to our very generous backers for helping the show go to Iceland:
Karen Achenbach, Ronald Antinoja, Doug Atchison, Evelyn Badia, Wendy Laura Belcher, Stacy Benjamin, Liz Bezanson, Michelle Bezanson, Edward J. Borey, Edna Boulad, Hiwa Bourne, Angela Bullock, Bridgette Campbell, Jennifer Carmody, Christine Corpuz & Robbie Abilez,
Lisa de Fuso, Pamela Dell, Heidi Durrow, Vanessa Emlich, Genevieve Fong, Audrey S. Freudberg, Lily Gatica, Dawn Greenidge, Randy Gritz, Evelyn G. Hall, Nancy Harris, Michael Hornbuckle, Caroline Kennedy, Maury Lanman, Kai Lie Lau, Daniel Lawrence, Gene Lee, Richard Lee, John Liang, Susan Liang, Patricia Linderman, Moses Ling, Victoria Longland, Linda & Frans Manoll, Caroline Martinez, Steve Mize & Emmylou Diaz, Claire Moed, Thao P. Nguyen, Christopher 'Staples' O'Dell, Eileen O'Meara, Penny Peters, Diahann Reyes, Julia Lee Simens, Peter James Smith, Karen Smith, Johannes Tang, Kikuko Tanimoto, Jennifer Taub Gwillim, Kiem Thè, Roy Unger, Elif Celebi Wisecup,
Alice Wu

Successful USA Projects Campaign

Profound thanks to the generous donors to the USA Projects campaign:
Percy Angress, Doug Atchison, Jenna Banko-Conder, Wendy Belcher, Nancy Berman, David Bickford, Denise Blasor, Sofie Boulad,
Jennifer Carmody, Lisa Clifton, Jeff Defalque, Lisa Dring, Laura Finnegan, Genevieve Fong, Audrey Freudberg, Gina Garcia Sharp,
Rebecca Gray, Randy Gritz, Pooja Gupta, Charls Hall, Evelyn Hall, Stephen Hall, Rena Heinrich, Nancy Henderson-James, Fritz Herzog,
Molly Hope, Theodore Hope & María Sáenz, Nova Jacobs, Tom Jacobson, Jessica Lynn Johnson, Timothy Judd, Ken Klenner, Kate Kofler, David Kreinberg, Eliza Lanman, Kami Lee, Richard Lee, Harry Liang, Juan Liang, Susan Liang, Moses Ling, Karen Jean Martinson,
Michael Mayhew, Mark McClain Wilson, Mary Mollica, Frannie Moyer, Chon Noriega, Trevor Olsen, Robert W. Oriol, Diahann Reyes,
Bill Robens, Laurie Searle, Terrie Silverman, Carolyn Townsend, Xavier Vela, Amy Waddell, Alethea Wang, Deborah Werbner, Libby Werbner, David Wilcox, Ling Yu, and Anonymous

Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Elizabeth launched a successful Kickstarter campaign in order to take Terrie Silverman's 6-month solo-show master class.
Humble thanks to her backers: alow, Margot Amestoy , Edoardo Ballerini, Wendy Laura Belcher, Jennifer Blaine, Hiwa Bourne,
Elif Celebi Wisecup, Frances Chavarria, Carl Cunningham, Lisa de Fuso, Genevieve Fong, Nathalie Foy, Steve Garland , Francisco Gomes, Randy Gritz, Patricia Hall, Denise Harris, John & Molly Hope, Theodore Hope, McKerrin Kelly, Kai Lie Lau, Daniel Lawrence, David Lawrence, Jerome P. Ledin, Gene Lee, Kami Lee, John Liang, Michael Mayhew, Chuck McCollum, Sherry Miller, David Morfin, Amanda Moss,
Anna Nicholas, Jack O'Brien, Derek Sayre, John Sinclair, Karen Smith, Johannes Tang, Kiem Thè, Roy Unger, Pilar and Xavier Vela,
Dara Weinberg, Susan Wester, Robert Whittington & Phylliss Crist

SOCIAL MEDIA





Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when we’re coming to a venue near you.

"LIVE" SHOW TRAILER



EXCERPT: On losing language


EXCERPT: "What are you?" (On mixed heritage)



EXCERPT: On (re)gaining language(s)


EXCERPT: On dual citizenship, national identity, & whatnot



ORIGINAL SHOW TRAILER


EXCERPT: Asian?


Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when we’re coming to a venue near you.

THEATRE REVIEWS

"It's a world tour no one should miss."
ELJNYC Off-BroadWay

"Strikes such a profound and memorable chord...amazing amount of humor, aplomb and hope...unique charm… Liang’s story rings true for us…a raw, moving sociological odyssey."
The Williams Record

"Touching, absorbing, riveting tale."
ReviewPlays

"Honest... animated... This is, like a great many one-person shows, an intimate affair... She simply tells it better than most."
NY Theatre Guide

"You can do nothing but hang on as Elizabeth takes you on an emotional roller coaster through her life around the world... All in all, Alien Citizen is a fantastic professional and personal accomplishment from a talented and passionate performer."
Asians on Film

"Director Sofie Calderon's intimate production capitalizes on Liang's assured skills as a raconteur...inevitably moving."
LA Weekly
ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Intercultural Compass "What are the colors of your culture? Interview with an actress Lisa Liang"

DENNIS ANYONE? With Dennis Hensley On this podcast, Dennis and Lisa have a wonderful conversation about numerous topics connected to Alien Citizen: aeo, and unrelated ones like playing a staffer on "The West Wing" and her unrequited pre-teen devotion to Sylvester Stallone.

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast Interview in which host Ken Fong and Lisa have a lively conversation about Alien Citizen: aeo, TCKs, and politics

LA FPI "The FPI Files: Solo Queens Fest @ Bootleg"

Absolutely Intercultural Podcast interview by SIETAR-Europa conference delegate & interculturalist Anne Fox

Culture Shock Toolbox Meet Elizabeth Liang from Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey

TCKid TV FIGT14 Scholars Are Moved by Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey

Global Life Summit "Creative Ways to Process and Express Your Global Past | Elizabeth (Lisa) Liang"

As Told by Nomads "Using the Arts to Express Yourself, with Lisa Liang"

The Berkshire Eagle "Elizabeth Liang finds home: Performance at Williams College '62 Center"

The Displaced Nation "TCK TALENT: Even without slide projector, projection of life as a Third Culture Kid engages Reykjavík audiences"

Outsiders' Network “'I’m not from a Place: I’m from People': Elizabeth Liang on Creativity and being a Third Culture Kid"

Next Stop: Musings of a Third Culture Kid "Alien Citizen: Laughter, Tears and Finding the Right Words"

Diary of a Move "Blood is not always thicker"

The Displaced Nation "TCK TALENT: Lisa Liang performs 'Alien Citizen' before fellow aliens"

Baltimore Post-Examiner "Alien Citizen - An Earth Odyssey"

Wandering Educators "Alien Citizen: Third Culture Kids, from Everywhere and Nowhere"

The Displaced Nation "What's it like to come out as a Third Culture Kid on stage? Elizabeth Liang tells all!"

Mixed Race Family "Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey"

Blvd Central "Who Are You, When You're from Everywhere and Nowhere?"

The Displaced Nation "Who is it that can tell me who I am? Third Culture Kid drama!"

Asians on Film "Elizabeth Liang Interview: Law & Order, Ojala, El Compromiso + Alien Citizen." The show is mentioned in the video at 3:38.

Asians on Film "Elizabeth Liang: Film, TV, Stage...Unpacked!" Alien Citizen is mentioned in the video at 4:10 under its earlier title Unpacked.
AUDIENCE RESPONSE







What an engaging, poignant and entertaining show! Every once in a while you stumble upon a little gem of a play...what a delicious, fulfilling evening of theatre! How refreshing your voice is, how interesting (even educational).
-Marilyn Tokuda, former Arts Education Director, East West Players

Elizabeth Liang's comic timing, flair for the telling detail, massive range of emotive ability, and willingness to wrench open the wounds we all have are what first strike the viewer. But what remains is the knowledge that we gain from all great art: we are not alone.
-Dr. Wendy Laura Belcher, Princeton University

It was profound for all of us...brings laughter and tears to anyone who has lived this life or knows others who have. It is a great show, presenting the gifts as well as the challenges.
-Ruth Van Reken, author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

Show was gorgeous. The memories were so vividly and expertly imparted, like an excellent short story or memoir, I feel as if I'd been to all the places Elizabeth lived. And her emotional fluidity, comic timing and dynamic, morphing voice, so moving and delightful to absorb. I really related.
-Heather Woodbury, Obie-Award Winner and Solo Show Creator ("As the Globe Warms")

Tremendous. Lisa gently opens your chest, takes out your heart, makes it laugh, makes it cry and asks it to dance. When that last part happens, you'll have no hesitation in saying Yes please, thru teary eyes. Yes please, Lisa Liang, please dance with my heart.
-Phil Ward, Managing Director, ComedySportz LA

As a fellow TCK I am so thrilled that you are getting "our story" out there. I found so much of what you said healing for me - "me too, me too, me too!" I wanted to yell out. You were so honest and raw and bare. Congratulations! May your show live a long life.
-Diahann Reyes, Writer/Actor

I was blown away! Lisa's performance was equal measure humor and heartbreak. She walked us right to the edge of tears then brought us back with impeccable comic timing. I truly felt transported to the many countries of her youth, strangely understanding an experience that should have been "alien" to me.
-Thomas Lopez, Founder, Latinas and Latinos of Mixed Ancestry (LOMA)

Such an extraordinary and exhilarating piece of theatre! Illuminating and rich and generous. Superb. Best experience I have had in a theatre in a gazillion years.
-Bill Ingram, Casting Director

Best Friday night I've had in months. What an accomplishment and what a lovely, enlightening, and haunting evening. This is remarkable theatre and your point of view is a wonderful gift to us all.
-Terri Wagener, Author/Screenwriter

I was so moved by your show...it's emotional, funny and truly original...it has to tour!!
-Doug Blush, Film Editor (OF TWO MINDS, THE INVISIBLE WAR, WORDPLAY)

Great show. I couldn't imagine how much it would affect me. It was honest and magical.
-Gene Lee, Writer

Spectacular opening night performance. Funny, moving, thought provoking and utterly entertaining. You were incredible and the show is still with me. The brilliance & power of Alien Citizen is that it un-alienates us to ourselves and each other.
-Terrie Silverman, Artist-in-Residence, Beyond Baroque &
Founder, Creative Rites Workshops for Writing & Performance

Wonderful work. Never lost sight of the storytelling. That's a difficult line Elizabeth has to straddle - between honesty and theatricality - and she does it magnificently.
-Bill Robens, Playwright/Screenwriter (Kill Me, Deadly; A Mulholland Christmas Caroll) & Lynn Odell, Actress/Producer

PHENOMENAL. The show took me on a journey and it was my pleasure to be there.
-Shawna Casey, Playwright/Actress

Great story of identity, adaptation quite epic and very romantic in its scope and distance! If anyone were to say to me about Elizabeth: What is she? My answer would be simple and knee jerk: She is an artist.
-Rich Werner, Solo Artist

Tour de Force.
-Rebecca Gray, Actress/Writer

Lisa is such a brave performer, with a range of emotions that are easily accessible, both to her & the audience. I was amazed at the wide range of audience members, young, old, hip, intellectual and worldly. Everyone shook their heads in recognition of the joys & pitfalls of living such a fascinating life. So much material, I can't wait to see it again.
-Steve Mize, Solo Performer/Nomadic Traveler

Just loved it and laughed so much.
-Hilary Duffy, International Photographer

Amazing, intrepid performance! Spectacular! The show was funny, poignant, and well-written!
-Rena Heinrich, Director/Actress

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! I laughed and cried and for the entire performance I was truly captivated!
-Ken Klenner, Jeweler/Gemologist

What a privilege to see the many people who've crossed through and helped shape Elizabeth's life through the multiple, unique characters she's created! LOVED the writing, expression, and truth. Brava!
-Sharline Liu, Industry event planner/ Actress

It was an amazing show, wonderful night, meaningful experience.
-Carol Turpen, Senior Manager, IngramMicro

Professional, fantastically written with humor and heart, brilliantly executed while flawlessly flowing from one character to another, WOW!
-Kate Kofler, Actress & Interior Designer

It was such a great show - so intelligent, funny and moving.
-Krista Conti, Actress

Bravo to Elizabeth Liang on the wonderful Alien Citizen.
-Rafeal Clements, Director/Writer/Actor

What a fantastic show! Can't wait to see it again.
-Genevieve Fong, Eames Office

I am so thankful I was able to come, as I really enjoyed it! I was very moved by the play and I think it applies to so many people... It was funny, emotional, and insightful.
-Vessi Kapoulian

This is required viewing for ALL HAPAs. GO! With her extraordinary true story, Elizabeth Liang gets under your skin - no matter what color it is! I was moved.
-David Johann Kim, Director/Writer

Alien Citizen is an utterly engaging and fascinating evening of theatre that is hilarious, heartbreaking, and truly inspiring. Liang's performance is so committed and vulnerable, and her story is so personal and engaging that you can't help being completely pulled into her journey and contemplate your own journey to identity and self-realization. Liang's show is a beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable tale of the often difficult journey of self-discovery.
Mark McClain Wilson, Actor/Producer/Sound Designer

Show was incredible. Funny, poignant, relatable, inspiring and most of all IMPORTANT.
-Nina Harada, Actress

Amazing! It was a tour-de-force! Tremendous actress!
-Sharmila Devar, Actress ("Scandal," "Arrested Development")


Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when we’re coming to a venue near you.
Publicity Stills
Photography by Wendy Belcher


Writer/Performer & Director
Elizabeth Liang & Sofie Calderon


Posters
Graphics by Gene Michael Barrera, and designers at Princeton, M.I.T., Augustana, Santa Clara, SDSU, UA, & Smith



Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when we’re coming to a venue near you.

Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when we’re coming to a venue near you.

2/12/18: The movie version is screening at the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at the University of Maryland on Thursday, March 1, at 3pm and the Families in Global Transition Conference in The Hague on Friday, March 9 at 5:15pm.
Also, Lisa is leading her "Tell Your Intercultural Story" workshop on Saturday, March 3, 1-2:30pm at the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at the University of Maryland.

1/12/18: The first review of the movie version on DVD is a RAVE! Click here to read it.

10/25/17: DVD of the show is now available! Order here. The movie premiered at the SIETAR USA Conference on October 20!

7/21/17: The show will be part of the Solo Queens Festival in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater, October 27 - November 19, 2017!

3/29/17: The movie of Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey has been chosen as a Finalist for the Mixed Remixed Film Festival 2017!
9/15/16: We highly recommend Sea Change Mentoring to all international teens and young adults! SCM develops skills and networks that will help these youths navigate the challenges particular to Third Culture Kids and expat young adults.

6/17/16: We're deep into post-production on the digital version of the show, editing editing editing!

3/1/16: The show is going to Citrus College on May 5!

2/2/16: The show is going to Canadian International School (Singapore) and Singapore American School on April 25 & 27! Asia-Pacific debut!

11/23/15: The show was video recorded on November 19 and 20 in Los Angeles, in order for it to be made available on DVD!

10/14/15: The show is going to Smith College on January 30, 2016!

5/29/15: The show is scheduled for July 3 at 4pm at the Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa!

4/12/15: The show is going to SIETAR-Europa Congressin Spain (May) and WPI Conference in South Africa (June)! Heartfelt thanks to our donors:
Helen (Kami) Amestoy Lee, Ronald Antinoja, Eric Baldwin, Michelle Bezanson, Jennifer Blaine, Cathryn Brubaker,
Angela Bullock, Jennifer Carmody, Shawna Casey & Jack Kehler, Joan Chodorow, Karen Christensen, Maire Clerkin,
Phillip Curry, Francesca D'Amico, Lisa De Fuso, Peter Evans, Laura Finnegan, Myriam Fizazi-Hawkins, Genevieve Fong, Audrey Freudberg, Susanna Apold Frost, Nick Garey, Lily Theresa Gatica, Kimiko Gelman Prosky, Prince Gomolvilas, Rebecca Gray, Dawn Greenidge, Randy Gritz, Evelyn Hall, Stephen Hall, Nancy Harris, Leonard Herzog, Nancy Keystone, Kathy Kilsby, Sezín Koehler, Eliza Lanman, Gene Lee, Juan M. Lee, Richard Lee, Harry Liang, Susan Liang, Moses Ling, Victoria Longland, Karen J. Martinson, Shelley Mills, Cecilia Neher, Gino Pellegrini, Penny & Jim Peters, Alina Phelan Ballou, Debra Poneman, Veronica Proctor, Diahann Reyes, Julia Simens, Brigid Todish, Amy Waddell, Terri Wagener,
Phil Ward, Alice Wu, Maria Zabala, and Anonymous

3/11/15: Please help the show get to Spain and South Africa! (Deadline: April 10.) Indiegogo

2/22/15: Praise for the show on TCKid TV

1/22/15: The show is going to Santa Clara University on March 3!

12/12/14: The show is going to San Diego State University and University of Arizona in April 2015!

10/22/14: New shorter trailer!

9/29/14: Wonderful review from Williams College: The Williams Record

9/10/14: The show is going to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on October 2!

8/1/14: The show has been invited to the IMFFA retreat in Maryland on 9/30, Carleton College in Minnesota on 10/31, and the Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in June 2015!

7/14/14: We're happy to announce that the show is now represented on the college circuit by

6/18/14: Iceland dates set! August 20 and 22!

6/3/2014: The show is going to Iceland in August!!!
Enormous thanks to our very generous backers:
Karen Achenbach, Ronald Antinoja, Doug Atchison, Evelyn Badia, Wendy Laura Belcher, Stacy Benjamin, Liz Bezanson, Michelle Bezanson, Edward J. Borey, Edna Boulad, Hiwa Bourne, Angela Bullock, Bridgette Campbell, Jennifer Carmody, Christine Corpuz & Robbie Abilez, Lisa de Fuso, Pamela Dell, Heidi Durrow, Vanessa Emlich, Genevieve Fong,
Audrey S. Freudberg, Lily Gatica, Dawn Greenidge, Randy Gritz, Evelyn G. Hall, Nancy Harris, Michael Hornbuckle, Caroline Kennedy, Maury Lanman, Kai Lie Lau, Daniel Lawrence, Gene Lee, Richard Lee, John Liang, Susan Liang,
Patricia Linderman, Moses Ling, Victoria Longland, Linda & Frans Manoll, Caroline Martinez, Steve Mize & Emmylou Diaz, Claire Moed, Thao P. Nguyen, Christopher 'Staples' O'Dell, Eileen O'Meara, Penny Peters, Diahann Reyes, Julia Lee Simens, Peter James Smith, Karen Smith, Johannes Tang, Kikuko Tanimoto, Jennifer Taub Gwillim, Kiem Thè, Roy Unger,
Elif Celebi Wisecup, Alice Wu

5/22/14: Please help the show get to Iceland! (Deadline: June 2.)
Kickstarter: Iceland Wants ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey!

4/14/14: The show will be part of the United States of Asian America Festival in San Francisco on May 10 at 8pm, sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Tix: $12.

4/8/14: The World Bank Family Network has booked excerpts of the show for their Gala Dinner on May 13, and Williams College has booked the whole show for September 18!

4/2/14: The show is going to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT next week on April 10!

2/13/14: Three international schools and the US Embassy in Panama City, Panama have booked excerpts from the show + Q&A for March 25-28, 2014.

1/31/14: Elizabeth performed an excerpt of the show at CSULA on January 27. She led a workshop after the performance for two classes back-to-back.

1/15/14: The show will be the closing keynote address at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) conference in Virginia on March 23.
Princeton University performance will be on February 12 at 8pm at
Whitman College Class of 1970 Theatre. (Free--arrive early to secure your seat!)
M.I.T. performance will be on February 21 at 7pm in classroom # 6-120. Refreshments served beforehand. (Free.)

10/14/13: The show has been invited to M.I.T. after it goes to Princeton in February 2014!

9/30/13: The East Coast and NYC Premieres and Off Off Broadway debut were wonderfully received!

"It's a world tour no one should miss."
ELJNYC Off-BroadWay

"Honest... animated... This is, like a great many one-person shows, an intimate affair... She simply tells it better than most."
NY Theatre Guide

9/2/13: Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey has been invited to open the Women at Work Festival at Stage Left Studio in NYC on 9/24 & 9/25 at 7:30pm! Most proceeds will go to The Girl Effect and tix are available at: Women at Work: Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey

8/8/13: The trailer is now on the Home page and YouTube!
Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey trailer

6/29/13: The show has been invited to Princeton University this coming school year. This is a very exciting honor. Stay tuned for exact date(s)!


For all bookings, questions, or comments: email acsoloshow[at]gmail[dot]com, or fill in our request form below and click "Submit."







Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when we’re coming to a venue near you.
Click here for the blog on Wordpress!

Elizabeth (Lisa) Liang leads workshops on writing your solo show, memoir, or personal essay. Anyone who grew up or is currently living between or among different worlds, as a bridge or an island or both (whatever that may mean to you), will get a lot from this class. The sessions are helpful for anyone with a story they want to share. Scroll down for testimonials.


Group Solo Show & Memoir Workshops
click for more

2018 SCHEDULE

Solo Show & Memoir Workshop in Los Angeles
Mondays, 7pm-9pm
March 19 - April 23 (6 sessions)
May 7 - June 11 (6 sessions) DEADLINE TO REGISTER: May 4
September 10 - October 15 (6 sessions)
November 5 - December 10 (6 sessions)
Chromolume Rehearsal Studio
5429 W. Washington Blvd., 90016

Memoir & Solo Show Workshop via Skype
Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm, Pacific Time
May 8 - June 12 (6 sessions) DEADLINE TO REGISTER: May 6
September 18 - October 16 (5 sessions)
November 6 - December 11 (6 sessions)

"Kickstart Your Solo Show" Workshop in Los Angeles
Saturday, May 19, 12-5pm (one 5-hour session)
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: May 16
You will leave with an outline and material for your show!
at Chromolume Rehearsal Studio
5429 W. Washington Blvd., 90016

To schedule a phone or Skype chat to discuss your project and my workshop rates, here is my meeting calendar. Pick a time/date that works for you!

One-on-One Solo Show Coaching
Lisa also works one-on-one with solo show creators who are unable to participate in group workshops. Meetings are via Skype.
click for more

Weekly Solo Show Coaching
For 6 weeks, Lisa will work with you once per week via Skype. Each session is an hour long (with leeway for an added 10-15 minutes if needed). You present 20 minutes of your work on your feet and then Lisa works with you on it for the rest of the session. Sometimes you’ll work on more than one 20-minute segment, depending on how many notes Lisa has.

You’ll bring a recording device to each session in order to later transcribe improvisations, notes, and your spoken answers to questions. The recording device is an invaluable tool in the creation process.

Homework is assigned if necessary, depending on how much material you have already.

Monthly Solo Show Coaching
For 6 months, Lisa works with you once per month via Skype. Each session is an hour long (with leeway for an added 10-15 minutes if needed). The process is the same as it is in the Weekly Coaching; it’s simply less frequent.

Solo Show Coaching + Script Assessment
This package is for people who want to have a first draft or revised draft and are willing to put in the effort to make it happen. It includes:
• 6 weekly or monthly coaching sessions
• 1 in-depth written script assessment
• Final (7th) session, where you present your draft, receive final notes, and are congratulated on your tremendous achievement!

The entire process is covered in 10 weeks or 7 months, depending on the frequency of meetings (weekly or monthly).

The Kickstart Your Solo Show session
Sometimes all you need is 90 laser-focused minutes of coaching to kickstart the process of creating your solo show. You’ll get:
• in-session writing prompts
• feedback on any material you bring in
• suggestions for how to open and/or close your show by the end of the session
• a handout of helpful tips to send you on your way.
This session kicks your butt into gear.

To schedule a phone or Skype chat to discuss your project, here is my meeting calendar. Pick a time/date that works for you!

Assessment of Memoir Manuscripts
Separate from her workshops, Lisa also assesses memoirs that are "in process" or not at their final draft. She reads your manuscript thoroughly, looking at story/content, narrative voice, character arc, plot, structure, back story, consistency, clarity, and syntax. She also gives general feedback on grammar and punctuation if necessary. (This does not include formal proofreading or copyediting; rather, she gives examples when there are numerous errors.) You have several options:
click for more

Written Assessment of Complete Draft
A constructive, detailed written assessment of your complete draft, which will be sent to you 4-6 weeks* after receiving your manuscript. (Lisa will confirm the deadline with you.) Assessments are generally between 1,500 and 4,000 words (guideline only) depending on the material you submit.
*Lisa also offers “short turnaround” assessments within 2 weeks of receiving manuscripts.

Telephoned/Skyped Assessment of Complete Draft
A constructive, detailed assessment over the telephone or via Skype, 4-6 weeks* after receiving your complete draft. (Lisa will confirm the deadline with you.) Assessments over the telephone/Skype last between 30 and 60 minutes.
*Lisa also offers “short turnaround” assessments within two weeks of receiving manuscripts.

Telephoned/Skyped Assessment of Work in Progress
Constructive, detailed assessments over the telephone or via Skype, 1-2 weeks after receiving each segment of your work-in-progress. (Lisa will confirm each deadline with you.) You will have monthly meetings for 6-12 months as you work to complete your manuscript.

Written Mini-Assessment
A constructive, detailed written assessment of the first few chapters of your manuscript (up to 8,000 words). The assessment will be sent to you within 2 weeks of receiving your manuscript.

To schedule a phone or Skype chat to discuss your project, here is my meeting calendar. Pick a time/date that works for you!

For more info on the workshops or assessments, please email eliang[at]wesleyan[dot]edu OR schedule a phone or Skype chat to discuss your project using her meeting calendar. You can also sign up for Lisa's newsletter to stay updated on when the next workshops will begin. If you sign up for the newsletter you'll also receive the free eBook: "Lisa Liang's Solo Show & Memoir Crash Course" with writing prompts to get you started!

TESTIMONIALS

"You were fantastic and you opened up so many possibilities for my students and helped create a dynamic class environment. We have really benefited from the workshop. I can't thank you enough." -Laura Kina, Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University

"Elizabeth is an extraordinarily insightful thinker on others' life writing--I've seen her in action, asking people such perceptive questions and bringing them into their stories in ways they had never anticipated and found beautiful." -Professor Wendy L. Belcher, Princeton University

"At one point I turned around and thought I've never seen such intimate connection in a class. The students' stories were powerful and inspiring! Thank you Lisa!" -Kamran Afary, Assistant Professor, Cal State LA

"It was filled with moments of great pleasure and great growth for me. To me, that is some of the most wonderful stuff in life, and I am tremendously grateful." - Lisa Dring, Actor and Creator of the solo show Death Play

"The class really got my juices flowing. Lisa's a terrific writing coach." -Angela Bullock, Actor/Writer, Published Essayist in Lunch Ticket

Scroll down for more testimonials!

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS


(Photograph by Daniel Lawrence: Princeton University)

Over three years of leading workshops have produced inspiring results for participants at conferences, on college campuses, and in private sessions. See testimonials above and below.
click for more

LIST OF WORKSHOPS:

One two-hour workshop at Bootleg Theater in November 2017

One 4-week local (L.A.) workshop via Skype in fall 2017

One two-hour workshop at California State University, Los Angeles in October 2017

One 6-week cross-country (USA) workshop via Skype in summer-fall 2017

One 6-week local (L.A.) workshop at Chromolume Rehearsal Studio in summer-fall 2017

One 6-week international workshop via Skype in spring-summer 2017

One 6-week local (L.A.) workshop via Skype in spring 2017

One 6-week international workshop via Skype in spring 2017

One 5-week local (L.A.) workshop via Skype in winter 2017

One 6-week cross-country (USA) workshop via Skype in winter 2017

One 6-week cross-country (USA) workshop via Skype in fall 2016

One 6-week international workshop via Skype in summer-fall 2016

One 6-week workshop at Chromolume Dance Studio in L.A. in summer 2016

One month-long cross-country (USA) workshop via Skype in spring 2016

One 6-week international workshop via Skype in winter 2016

One 90-minute workshop as guest lecturer at DePaul University in September 2015

One 5-week workshop at ComedySportzLA in summer 2015

One 5-week cross-country (USA) workshop via Skype in summer 2015

One 5-week cross-country (USA) workshop via Skype in winter 2015

One 5-week international workshop via Skype in fall 2014

One 6-week workshop at ComedySportzLA in summer 2014

One 50-minute workshop as guest lecturer at Princeton University in February 2014 (pictured above)

Two 90-minute workshops at California State University, Los Angeles in January 2014

One month-long workshop at Vs. Theatre in L.A. in January 2014

One 5-week workshop at ComedySportzLA in fall 2013

Concurrent Session on writing a TCK solo show, memoir, or personal essay at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) conference in Virginia, March 2014 and in Maryland, March 2013

MORE TESTIMONIALS

"Taking Lisa’s solo writing workshop is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. It was amazing to see the evolution of my work in such a short amount of time. I had been working on a solo piece for 5 years and never really knew what it was truly about, or what catalyzed its creation. Lisa’s incredibly insightful questions have turned it into something honest, relatable and something I now need to perform. Lisa’s workshops were always the highlight of my week and she’s just as excited about seeing your work as you are about sharing it. I also loved how she encourages you between workshops with helpful articles and encouraging quotes about writing. Do yourself a favor and take this class!"
-Julie Gouin, Teacher/Writer/Actress

"Lisa has a way with working with her students where she organically takes you through the process of creating a show. She takes the overwhelm out of the process and guides you step-by-step--until you’ve got a moment and then scene and then a string of scenes on the page. Before you know it you’re putting 10 minutes of your show on its feet, and on and on. Lisa holds a creative, safe space that allowed me to dig deep and go to vulnerable places in my work and with the class. I highly recommend working with her!"
-Diahann Reyes-Lane, Writer/Actress

"Lisa's memoir workshop is both practical and spiritual. Her exercises and structure get you writing immediately--writers block and resistance clear out of the way as her supportive energy and thoughtful guidance pave the way for new ideas and insights. The community aspect was also a real joy. I loved getting to learn about the other participants through their writing. Our shared experience was rooted in respect, appreciation, and encouragement. This workshop will move you forward regardless of where you are in your memoir process--even if you haven't written a word yet (that was me). If you are even remotely considering this workshop, I say DO IT! You will love the experience and you definitely won't regret it."
-Jennifer Rosenfeld, CEO, iCadenza

"I got so much out of the process that I want to do it again. The exercises guided me into making discoveries about myself. Things forgotten bubbled to the surface as I worked through the prompts and assignments. They challenged me to acknowledge certain life events and experiences that compose my personal history. They also helped me to organize my thoughts and get the work done before the workshop deadlines. Having a time limit for each prompt helped me since my “critic-self” doesn’t have time to negatively edit my own ideas.
The feedback I received both from Lisa and my workshop peers made me feel supported and validated. There were times when I felt my experiences were deeply understood and times when I realized that an event in my own life was extraordinary. I came away from the workshop feeling that not only do my stories matter, but that everyone’s stories matter."
-Kathy Kilsby, Dancer

"I had the privilege of taking classes with Lisa twice. Once, in a group setting, and another time as a solo student.
In both instances, at the conclusion of the workshops, conducted via skype, I felt re-energized and back on track.
What is remarkable about Lisa is her ability to quickly assess her student’s capacities, and focus on bringing to light the positive, while making constructive and gentle remarks about things that need improvement. She builds trust in her student.
And that in itself is a marvelous gift; one that can turn your life around, if you let it happen.

Would-be writers, and even experienced ones are plagued with self-doubt. It is a rare occurrence when a teacher can intelligently build your confidence, while pointing out some of the flaws in your work.
In my particular case, thanks to Lisa, I realized that organization is what lacks in my work, and not difficulty in conveying thoughts and emotions, which is what I believed was my problem.
I recommend Lisa Liang whole-heartedly as a teacher, a writer, a performer, a citizen of the world who understands and translates emotions into words that fly off on their own."
-Maya Evans, Poet/Writer/Teacher/Translator

"I had felt that the task of writing a memoir was gargantuan. Working with Lisa, I learned to trust the process, listen to my heart, and use a series of tools and prompts to get myself just writing! Lisa constantly pushed me to provide more richness and sensory detail in my writing. Honestly, as a result of her feedback, I was able to dive deeper into these stories and not only remember things that I had forgotten, but also to feel more connected to these stories from the distant past. I realized that there were things that I wasn't remembering in detail because I didn't know how to face them. Things like death, guilt, fear--memories and emotions that I tend to run away from. Lisa's workshop not only helped to transform my writing process but it helped me heal wounds that I did not realize had been there.
Lisa was generous, thoughtful, supportive, and kind.
She was also fearless in digging into people's 'stuff' and asking the awkward questions, the direct questions. I remain deeply grateful for all the gifts that working with Lisa provided to me. If you're thinking about working with Lisa, stop thinking. Just do it!"
-Julia Torgovitskaya, President and Co-founder of iCadenza LLC

"'When I started my workshop with Lisa, I was in a difficult place with writing. I had written travel blogs, a diary and even started to write a novel previously, but I had found it very hard to keep up writing regularly, to finish projects and seemed to lose motivation.
The hardest thing for me about writing is believing in what you are creating and also finding the courage to share it with other people. The endless thoughts of it not be interesting or good enough came constantly into my head. With memoir writing the fear of digging up the past, and writing about people and episodes in your life is terrifying.
Lisa instantly made me feel at ease with this. She creates are very unique space within a group of people where one can be totally vulnerable without fear, you can create your work and present it without judgement. She has a way of making each member of the group feel empowered and able to write exactly what they felt at that time. While providing constructive and thoughtful feedback on your work.
Her writing prompts allowed me to revisit parts of my life that I had not thought about, nor dealt with for a while. Of course the memories of what happened are always there, Lisa gives you the ability to dig these moments back up gently and carefully and put them down on paper.
I would highly recommend one of Lisa's courses to anyone wanting to delve further into the world of memoir writing or writing a one person show, she presents and facilitates each session with understanding, grace and good humor and truly makes you feel like you can achieve anything.
Thank you Lisa, the experience of taking your course has really made my life richer and you have helped me to feel more comfortable, able and inspired as a writer."
-Tom Danaher, Expat

"This workshop was a powerful learning experience. I started the workshop with only the vaguest notions of exploring the genre of memoir and came away with not only a better understanding of the genre and my writing process, but with a better notion of myself. As an educator I am always aware of the importance of making safe spaces for learning and so I was grateful for Lisa's ability to quickly create a safe and creative space that allowed all of the participants to be vulnerable as we helped each other develop as writers. As such, the workshop served as a place to make meaning of my writing as well as a place to make meaning with the memories of my life, helping me to heal and come to terms with many of the ups and downs along the way. The workshop was focused with vision and the assignments made the impossible seem more possible. Her prompts and ability to give constructive feedback with care during sessions served as an excellent model for the participants as we explored, shared and grew as a group. After the workshop, I was surprised at how much more manageable writing a memoir now seems and I feel like I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I finished the workshop with sadness that it was ending but with renewed joy in the writing process as I look forward to the next steps on my path."
-Nicole Forbes Wagner, Educator

"For most of my writing life, I've been composing letters, journaling, producing academic papers, and editing other people's work. Finally, I admitted to myself that I want to tell my stories in more constructive and proactive ways. I enrolled in Lisa's Memoir Writing Course twice, once one-on-one to get my juices flowing, and another time with a group of three other friends with similar ambitions. Both workshop settings gave me the tools and courage to put into words my unique and sometimes uncomfortable life experiences, while Lisa created a safe and extremely affirming space for self-expression. The group was doubly affirming, as I got to know my friends in a completely new light; we continue to share our writing with each other every other week now that the workshop has ended. I am currently working on a solo-show, something I would have never considered before taking this course.
I highly recommend Lisa's workshop to anyone -- especially those with complex cultural backgrounds -- interested in getting to know and sharing themselves more deeply through writing."
-Kilian Kröll, Education Specialist and Intercultural Coach

"I signed up for Lisa’s class because I had an idea that had been knocking around my brain for quite some time. I wanted to tell my family’s story, but I didn’t know what form it should take--memoir or fiction, book, play, one person show--much less how to begin. Not to mention that the thought of writing anything at all was pretty intimidating. From our first class, Lisa put me at ease. She was welcoming and encouraging and I could tell that she was passionate about helping the students tell their stories.
Lisa gave us timed writing exercises to do in class, and I was always amazed by what I managed to create. There is something about having a time limit that is very liberating; you write what comes up and the impromptu nature of it leaves little room for self criticism. Stories and characters appeared that took me by surprise. By the end of the class, I felt a lot more comfortable about sitting down to write and I knew that when I was ready, I would be able to tell my family's story.
Lisa is a kind and supportive teacher, who will gently guide you in bringing forth whatever story you have to tell. I can't recommend her class highly enough!"
-Dawn G., Actress

"Dear Lisa,
Just a note to let you know how much I enjoyed & was stimulated by your memoir writing workshop this summer. When my parents died 34 years ago, I thought I should--for the sake of my progeny--add a chapter about my life to the extensive family history they had cobbled together from documents dating back generations. I started & stopped numerous times and accumulated quite a few fragments, but I never finished the job. When I heard about your workshop, I joined in the hopes you would inspire me to do just that. Your prompts & assignments aroused long-repressed memories, and I have added them to my work in progress. Most importantly, I was surprised that what I had to tell impressed the others in the group, who were all young enough to be my grandchildren. They made me realize that my experiences were unique and worth recording for my descendants. Although I'm still struggling to put it all together, I'm determined to do so--thanks to you and your other students.
Gratefully, John"

"Lisa gave me great tools and guidance--I enjoyed the class and her as an instructor."
-Participant in Winter 2015 Workshop

FEEDBACK FROM FIGT 2013 PARTICIPANTS

Very interactive + best session @ FIGT.
Absolutely excellent!
Loved it!
Awesome!
Very much inspiring! Thank you!
Thank you for great ideas + handouts + very practical help.
Great- enjoyed for show + writing exercises. Thank you!
Helped me to express.
PLEASE DO THIS AGAIN NEXT YEAR!
Fantastic.
Super well paced, excellent opening (solo show excerpt), created really safe space to share stories.
Superb! Invite her back next year!

For more info on the workshops or assessments, please email eliang[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or sign up for Lisa's newsletter to stay updated on when the next workshops will begin.
 
  Getting more posts...