Sophiyaa is drawn to work that grapples with experiences of (im)migrants and people of color. Having lived in New Delhi, India until she was 12 and then traveling through various communities and exploring performance practices from all over the world for the rest of her upbringing, she understands theatre as a hybrid. She works to dismantle the pyramid power structure upon which traditional western theatre is built (with the playwright and director at the top) in pursuit of a bolder, and more inclusive practice and performance style. A style that lends itself to stories of displacement and code-switching without forcing these narratives to fit into a mold originally built to exclude them. 


She has assisted directors at Steppenwolf, American Players Theatre, Writers Theatre and Milwaukee Rep among others. She was most recently awarded the SDCF Observership with Soft Power by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, directed by Leigh Silverman at The Public (Off Broadway). EthiopianAmerica won Black Theatre Alliance Awards for Best Play, Featured Actor & Actress and was nominated for nine awards (in addition to the above, best writing, directing, set, lights, sound and best young performer). Sophiyaa was a member of Chicago Director's Lab 2017 and a finalist for the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. 


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