Multi-cultural – Asian Heritage – Hispanic Heritage – Diversity – Inclusion – International Week
Elizabeth is an award-winning actress, published essayist, and workshop leader who was raised in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Morocco, Egypt, and Connecticut as a Guatemalan-American business brat of Chinese-Spanish-Irish-French-German-English descent.
ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey, Elizabeth’s solo show about her unusual background and upbringing, has been touring internationally ever since its world premiere in Hollywood. It resonates with people of vastly different backgrounds, from Americans who have never lived outside of their birth state, to immigrants, Third Culture Kids, people of mixed ethnic/racial heritage, and more. She has performed it on the college circuit at Princeton, M.I.T., Wesleyan, and Williams. The show opened the 8th Annual Women at Work Festival Off Off Broadway and was sponsored by the API Cultural Center at the United States of Asian America Festival in San Francisco.
Elizabeth has won Stage Scene LA, Garland, and LA Weekly Awards for her performances. Review Plays twice named her one of the “5 Best Leading Actresses of the Year” in Los Angeles theatre. She has also acted in English- and Spanish-language features and short films that have been screened all over the globe. She stars in the bilingual film Ojalá, which won a Directors Guild of America Award. Some of her television credits include Law & Order: LA, Criminal Minds, and a recurring role on The West Wing.
“Seeing Elizabeth Liang perform her story of growing up global was not just moving, but illuminating. It is not often that we get even glimpses of this new unrooted identity, so ubiquitous in the twenty-first century that it is hidden in plain sight, and this performance was perhaps the first anywhere to present and explore the gifts and traumas of those with itinerant childhoods, those who develop what Pico Iyer calls the “wardrobe of selves.” That so many without exactly Ms. Liang’s experiences walked away feeling that they had for the first time seen part of themselves on the stage indicates Ms. Liang’s skill in making her unique experiences universal and reflects the fact that so many are now diasporic, unmoored from imagined homes. Her 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