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Salon: A Candid Conversation with Karyn Kusama

Date: October 26, 2016

You are invited to a Salon hosted by the Process Artist Lab featuring director Karyn Kusama.

In this rare opportunity, we sit down with Ms. Kusama to discuss her work, life and personal insight into directing and filmmaking. If you've ever encountered Ms. Kusama, much like her work, you'll be surprised and taken with her rawness, honesty, principle and wit.

We ask you to join and also be an integral part of this conversation.

This is a free event with a suggested voluntary contribution towards PAL and its mission. Light food and drinks will be served.

PAL is committed to creating master classes and events with distinguished guest artists in a safe, vibrant and intimate setting.

WORKSHOP DATE: October 26, 2016

Time: 6pm-9pm

Cost: Free


Venue: Echo Park in Los Angeles

Capacity is limited to 20. This is a very casual setting inside a private home. With your RSVP please indicate your area of work. The Salon will be customized around the participants. Your RSVP will be confirmed with a venue address.

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About Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama studied film and television at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the undergraduate program.

She wrote and directed her first feature film, “Girlfight”, in 1999. The film won the Director’s Prize and shared the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. In 2004, Karyn directed the science fiction love story “Aeon Flux” for Paramount Pictures. Her third feature was the comedy-horror film “Jennifer’s Body”, written by Diablo Cody, and released by Twentieth Century Fox.

Karyn’s latest feature, “The Invitation”, is a psychological suspense film that won the Grand Prize at the Sitges Film Festival, among other awards. “The Invitation” was released in April 2016 by Drafthouse Films.

She recently directed a short film entitled “Her Only Living Son”, part of the upcoming Magnolia release “XX”. “XX”, a four-film anthology of horror shorts directed by women, will be released in the winter of 2016.

She also directs for television, working on such shows as AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire”, Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”, and Showtime’s “Billions”.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, screenwriter Phil Hay, and their son Michio.

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For over 20 years, I have developed a relationship with fear, vulnerability, power, permission, unconditional confidence...what it means to use yourself as an instrument for performing and becoming a Creative Artist. I have forged a self and an identity by becoming an Actor and it has provided me a lens into the world as a storyteller. It is now a way of living in the world.

I was not the star pupil in my theatre department. I did not have the familial support or financial means to seek the top tiered schools, but I managed to self curate an education with extraordinary teachers because I was hungry to learn. I knew in my core what I wanted and I sought angels, allies, guides and champions. Whenever I work on a new project, I enter a new conversation with other artists who inspire and teach me. It is my hope to bring this conversation into the Process Artist Lab. I would like to create a space that nurtures and supports other Artists also seeking to find inspirational resources and guidance.

Extraordinary teachers are hard to find. They teach with compassion, without personal agenda and they share the best part of themselves and their knowledge. Teachers in this lab are distinguished professionals passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences through intimate master classes, workshops and salons. They come from acting, filmmaking, writing, performing and more.

Another evolving component of P.A.L. is the outreach program designed to provide underprivileged youth free access to the same resources mentioned above. Our hope is to work with larger networks such as schools or diverse communities so that the Arts can be used in the same way I experienced it growing up, as a means of finding one's voice and empowering oneself to create a narrative for storytelling and personal growth.
Welcome to P.A.L.

--Michelle Krusiec


Michelle Krusiec is an actress best known for her starring role opposite Joan Chen in the romantic comedy Saving Face, directed by Alice Wu. The role garnered her a Chinese Language Oscar for Best Actress in the 2005 Golden Horse Ceremony in Asia.

Born in Taiwan and raised in America by her Taiwanese aunt and American uncle, Ms. Krusiec has crafted an impressive career spanning two decades in the entertainment industry on film, television and stage. Her credits can be found online and on


Ms. Krusiec holds a certification in screenwriting from the UCLA Professional Program. In 2005, Ms. Krusiec created and performed her tour-de-force solo show Made in Taiwan. The show, a darkly comedic coming of age story based on Krusiec’s own family, premiered at the HBO Aspen comedy festival, NY Asian American Theatre Festival, LA Women’s Theatre Festival, 2010 NY Fringe Fest, NY Fringe Encores and Shakespeare Orange County.


In 2009, Ms. Krusiec began teaching acting as a member of the Gravity Project, an ensemble and lab of professional Artists. Ms. Krusiec is also state certified to work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and has taught storytelling workshops as a method of healing for trauma survivors.


Ms. Krusiec holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Theatre Arts from Va Tech University. Additionally, she completed extended studies at the University of Oxford. Her teachers include Larry Moss (Yale, Julliard), Fran Bennett (Cal Arts), Saul Kotzubei (Fitzmaurice Voice Master Teacher), Andrew Belser (PSU) among many others. In 2006, Ms. Krusiec was recognized by the California State Board for her Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Entertainment Industry. In 2013, she completed the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy program. She was the 2014 Screenwriting Fellow for CAAM (Center for Asian American Media).