Michael Liu, Flushing Town Hall
by Holly Bieler
May 13, 2015 | 16775 views | 0 0 comments | 399 399 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A mere few hours into his new position as Manager of Chinese Community Initiatives at Flushing Town Hall, which he assumed last Friday, Michael Liu says he already had a host of things on his plate.

“The first day of my position there were actually two performances in the morning and a social event in the evening,” he said. “The first day at the job I’ve seen so many things happening, things in motion, and that is very exciting.”

It’s a testament to Flushing’s increasingly vibrant cultural climate that Liu’s schedule, which includes the town hall’s upcoming gala on May 28, is already so packed.

A full schedule is nothing new for Liu however, who has extensive experience both in arts advocacy and his own artistic endeavors. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Liu trained and performed as a professional actor, singer and director, before moving to the managerial side of the arts.

In his native Taiwan, Liu garnered wide acclaim for his work in two plays; Proof 2010, in which he played his father, and as the lead role of scientist Nicola Tesla in Tesla. Before his new position at Flushing Town Hall, Liu served as theatre manager of the East Village’s Theatre80.

“I think my experience in performing arts will definitely play an important role in getting more arts not just from the Chinese culture, but from a diverse [array] of cultures to bring everyone in this community together,” he said.

As he settles in, Liu says he has many ideas, including collaborating with the town hall’s Chinese Cultural Committee.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting with the committee as soon as possible,” he said. “They’re very engaged in performing arts in Queens, so I would love to get in touch with them and see how we can move forward.”

A resident of Manhattan, Liu says that two days into the job he already has a soft spot for Flushing.

“I’m from Taiwan, so meeting people who speak Mandarin feels like home,” he said.

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