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Teaching

A seasoned and versatile educator, Sophia has nearly twenty years’ experience working with kids, teens, and adults.

One of her early teaching jobs was as the drama director of a JCC summer camp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In New York, she was a core teaching artist for a number of arts organizations where she specialized in teaching playwriting, radio drama, musical theater performing and song writing. Sophia served as Lyricist-in-Residence at the Playwrights Horizon Theatre School and has written both lyrics and music for City Center’s Encores! Great American Musicals in School program. 

She has been a presenter at New York’s Face to Face: Arts in Education Roundtable and the Common Ground Educational Conference held in the capitol, and has facilitated professional development workshops on how to teach and implement playwriting and musical theater writing residencies. She was also featured in a Playbill article about musical theater education and was an invited guest speaker on Jane Williams’ Bloomberg Radio EDU Honor Roll. 

Since 2007, Sophia has served as the Artistic Director of the Young Playwrights Festival at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. In addition to running the festival, she provides in-person and online writing workshops for middle school and high school aged students. Also at the O'Neill, she teaches script analysis at its National Theater Institute training program. She has lectured on James O’Neill (Eugene’s father) as well as organized programming around O’Neill’s Impact on Artists and Artists’ Impact on O’Neill. 

Sophia is also passionate about working with and championing the voices of people with developmental disabilities.

 

Her book, Teaching Playwriting: A Step-by-Step Guide to Fostering Young Playwrights can be purchased as a digital resource in English and in French, and is also available in hard copy from major retailers.  

 

Interested in having her facilitate a workshop or speak at an event?  Contact her here.

Book - English
Book - French
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