Michelle Krusiec, pronounced “kroozic,” also known as 楊雅慧 (Yáng Yǎ-Huì) is an American film and stage actor of Taiwanese descent. In 2005, Ms. Krusiec’s work in the film Saving Face earned her a Chinese language Oscar Best Actress Nomination for the Golden Horse. The romantic comedy, starring Joan Chen and Ms. Krusiec, as her closeted lesbian daughter, won a Golden Horse Audience Choice Award.
Ms. Krusiec began her professional career at the age of twelve, when a local talent agent first spotted her. She has since traveled and worked all over the world, including her native country of Taiwan. Performing bilingually in English and Mandarin, Ms. Krusiec debuted in the west coast and international tour of David Henry Hwang’s acclaimed play Chinglish. Both a physical comedienne and an emotional heavy hitter, Ms. Krusiec’s credits display a range few actresses of her generation possess, spanning over one hundred fifty films, episodic and stage productions.
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At an early age, Ms. Krusiec was enrolled in Virginia’s gifted and talented program which culminated in her attendance at the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts in Theatre. She won a Theatre grant to attend Virginia Tech University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in English and Theatre. Ms. Krusiec also studied at Oxford University as an English Union Scholar. In 1998, Ms. Krusiec began master studies with acting teacher and mentor Larry Moss. Mr. Moss is credited for advancing Oscar and Tony nods and wins for Leonardo Dicaprio, Helen Hunt, Hillary Swanke, Sutton Foster among others. In 2011, Ms. Krusiec completed the UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program.
In addition to Theatre, Michelle studied Ballet, Modern and African dance with former Dance Theatre of Harlem principal dancer Carol Crawford Smith. She has trained in Suzuki with Will Bond of Siti Company, Open Source with Stephanie Skura and is a proud member of The Gravity Project. Other forms include Viewpoints, Spolin, Clowning, Improvisation Long and Short (UCB), Lucid Body and Contemporary dance.