Michelle Krusiec named Regents Lecturer at UCLA School of Drama, Film and Television


Brian Kite, Acting Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) today announced that actress, screenwriter, director and activist Michelle Krusiec (Hollywood, Float) has been named Regents’ Lecturer at the Department of Theater of the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA. His appointment, for a period of two weeks, will take place from November 1 to 12, 2021.

Regents at the University of California have established the Regents Professors and Lecturers Program to enable the appointment, on a visiting basis, of distinguished leaders from fields outside the traditional boundaries of academia to enrich the curriculum. university teaching and increase student exposure to a wide range of professionals, artists and other successful people.

On Friday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m. PT, Krusiec will participate in a candid and fun live conversation with Dean Kite, “Playing with No Consequences: A Conversation with Michelle Krusiec”, about the lessons of invisibility and how it works. forces individuals to deepen their work as storytellers. This event is sponsored by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television with support from the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and UCLA Department of Asian American Studies. This free event will be broadcast from the Darren Star Screening Room at UCLA TFT. RSVP on Eventbrite.

“I am very happy that UCLA Chancellor Gene Block has invited Michelle to serve as the Regents’ Lecturer,” Kite said. “Our students will benefit greatly from his knowledge as an artist who has championed the under-represented throughout his career. I look forward to hearing his perspective.”

“UCLA TFT is an incredible leader in the development of storytellers,” says Krusiec. “I am honored to share my process with this community in the hope that they will have a little more information about the sustainability of their careers and how to remain resilient in the face of success or failure.”

Krusiec’s many credits as an actor in television and film include iconic film legend Anna May Wong in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Project in Hollywood and a recurring role in CBS’s Hawaii Five-0. Her work in Saving Face, directed by Alice Wu, earned her the distinction of being the only Asian American actress to be nominated for the Golden Horse Award for Best Actress, the Taiwanese equivalent of the Oscar. 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 that place IPY and marginalized groups at the center of their own narratives. Krusiec’s work as an advocate for IPA 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 of the upcoming feature film Tiger Mom.

Krusiec is one of eight directors of the AFI 2021 Directing Workshop for Women, has been a Screenwriting Fellow at the Center for Asian American Media, and holds a Certificate in Screenwriting Professional Programs from the School of Drama, Film and UCLA television station.