Dr. Sissi Liu is a theatre and performance scholar, composer, and jewelry designer. Specializing in global musical theatre, minoritarian and cross-cultural performance, queer design and technology, Dr. Liu writes broadly about various forms of performing and visual arts through the lenses of intersectionality, queer time, and techno-futurism. A classically trained composer-lyricist and dramaturg, she has created works for the Carnegie Hall, Joe's Pub, the Juilliard School, Times Square Alliance, etc. Dr. Liu is a Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) certified designer. Since 2018 she has been designing and making jewelry with healing powers, using recycled and/or ethically sourced materials. She holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and is now a Visitor at Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. Her alter ego, Lusi Erling, is a painter.
An artist and scholar with an unflagging spirit of inquiry, Sissi is excited by, and draws connections among, wide ranging disciplines from rocket science to fragrance chemistry of trees to Song Dynasty Chinese paintings.
She fights for the human race, and is compassionate toward those who cannot fight for themselves: the four-legged, the one-legged, the legless. She donates a percentage of all proceeds from the sale of her work to wildlife conservation.
She has volunteered in non-governmental organizations to end world poverty and schools for children with disabilities.
She is a queer Asian who is working everyday to make the world a more equitable, livable, and lovable place.