Community Partnerships Workshop with Susan Lieu: Building an Audience by Building Together

County: All

Topic: Artist Trust Workshops & Webinars | COVID-19 | Professional Development


In this two-part, virtual workshop, taught by artist Susan Lieu, you’ll be lead on a journey to deeply explore the idea of community partnerships. You’ve got a powerful message with someone in mind to hear it. But if you build it, can they find you? To reach and grow your target audience, this workshop dives into the weeds of figuring out who to partner with, cultivating a relationship, and designing a beneficial partnership (including contracts, programming, and marketing).

Click here to download the worksheets for this workshop.



Click here to view the slides for part 1 of this workshop.




Click here to view the slides for part 2 of this workshop.



About Susan Lieu
Susan Lieu is a Vietnamese-American playwright, producer, and performer who tells stories that refuse to be forgotten. With a vision for individual and community healing—made possible through the interplay of comedy and drama—her work delves deeply into the lived realities of body insecurity, grieving, and trauma.

After a year and a half workshopping her show, Susan premiered her first theatrical solo show, “140 LBS: HOW BEAUTY KILLED MY MOTHER” in Seattle February 2019 with a sold-out run. Later that year, Susan self-produced a nearly sold-out 10-city National Tour with accolades from NBC News, L.A. Times, NPR, The Washington Post (The Lily), American Theatre, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Seattle Times. In February 2020, Lieu held a sold-out World Premiere of the sequel “OVER 140 LBS” at Seattle’s ACT Theatre as their inaugural SoloFest headliner. Lieu has performed iterations of her family’s story 51 times to 6000 people from 2019 to 2020.

Her work has been showcased with The Wing Luke Museum, The Moth at Benaroya Hall, On the Boards, RISK!, Bumbershoot, Seattle Children’s Hospital, The Riveter, and The World Economic Forum. She has also given talks at Harvard College, University of Maryland, Mills College, Bellevue College, Highline College, and Portland State University. 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 as part of the city-wide Seattle Reads program.

Susan began performing comedy in 2011, with sets at the Purple Onion and Carolines on Broadway. Susan has a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Yale. She is also the co-founder of Socola Chocolatier, an artisanal chocolate company in San Francisco. She lives in Seattle with her husband and son and hopes to own a Bernese Mountain Dog one day.

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