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Michelle Krusiec

Regents' Lecturer

Michelle KrusiecMichelle Krusiec is an actor, writer and director. Her extensive credits as an actor in both television and film include the iconic movie legend Anna May Wong in Ryan Murphy's Netflix project Hollywood and a recurring role on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0. Her work in Saving Face, directed by Alice Wu, brought her the distinction of being the only Asian American actress to be nominated for a Best Actress Golden Horse Award, Taiwan’s equivalent to the Academy Award. On stage, she starred in Wild Goose Dreams at The Public Theater, directed by Leigh Silverman.

As a filmmaker, Krusiec is dedicated to creating narratives centered on API and marginalized groups, injecting much needed visibility around these stories into the cultural landscape. Krusiec's work as an advocate for API causes has been honored by The White House, the State of California and the Museum of Chinese in America. She launched her writing career with the critically acclaimed solo show Made in Taiwan and is the co-writer and star of the upcoming Tiger Mom.

Krusiec is one of eight directors in the 2021 AFI Directing Workshop for Women, was a Screenwriting Fellow at the Center for Asian American Media and holds a certificate in screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Programs.