Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Susan Lieu (Seattle) is a Vietnamese-American playwright, solo performer, and activist whose parents are nail salon workers. She has performed at Bumbershoot, On the Boards, Jet City Improv, Purple Onion (SF), and Carolines on Broadway (NYC). Her one-woman show “140 LBS” is the unfortunate true story of how Susan’s mother went in for plastic surgery and died due to a malpractice incident. At the time, Susan was 11 years old. The show weaves together several through-lines: the multi-generational immigrant experience; body insecurity and shame; repression and subsequent examination of personal loss; lack of accountability in the medical system.

Susan has trained with Yale School of Drama, Freehold Theatre, and Jet City Improv. She has a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Yale. Her work has been profiled on NPR’s KUOW 94.9, KING5 News, and Northwest Asian Weekly. As an activist, she works with Washington Advocates for Patient Safety.

Susan received 2018 GAP Award funding to produce her first full-length solo show 140 LBS, paying for incredible collaborators. She will leverage show content to embark on a nationwide tour and share her story across podcasts and film. She hopes her work sparks conversation on medical accountability, body insecurity, and grieving.

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From the Artist

It is powerful when my artist identity is affirmed by an institution. It creates a safe space for the suppressed me to take risk. The GAP Award has been fundamental to helping me build confidence to leave Corporate America and pursue my artist path full-time. Metta to Artist Trust!

Susan Lieu