Sophiyaa is a Chicago-based director from New Delhi, India. She is drawn to new work, particularly with heightened language and movement. Additionally she is interested in working with adaptations of Hindu myths and enjoys expressing non-theatrical text in theatrical forms. 

 

She has assisted directors at American Players Theatre, Writers Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. 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 in New York.  Her play EthiopianAmerica won Black Theatre Alliance Awards for Best Play, Featured Actor & Actress and was nominated for nine (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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She sacrifices a watermelon on her birthday every year and can do an impromptu one-woman-ten-minute rendition of The Phantom of The Opera if so inspired. 

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