Sophiyaa Nayar biography
At Writers Theatre: The MLK Project, the Fight for Civil Rights (2020 Tour), Into the Woods, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Sophiyaa Nayar is from New Delhi, India. Her recent directing credits include: EthiopianAmerica By Sam Kabede (Definition Theatre) which won BTA Awards for best play, featured actor and actress (nominated for: best writing, direction, lights, sound, set, featured actor/actress, most promising young actor and best play). Big Little Eyes with Stir Friday Night (Steppenwolf LookOut Series, Second City) and Passage by Lauren Ramos (Barrens Theatre Co). Readings of 2020: a going away party play by Keyanna Khatiblou (Theatre on The Lake), Matt & Ben by Mindy Kaling & Brenda Withers (The Boxcar, Steep Theatre), Reverse Cowboy by Jared Sprowls (Jackalope Theatre) and Emilie by Lauren Gunderson (American Players Theatre, Winter Words). Assistant directing credits include A Doll's House, Part 2 (Steppenwolf Theatre), Our Country’s Good (American Players Theatre) and The Who and The What (Milwaukee Rep). Sophiyaa is an Ensemble Member with Definition Theatre Company, a member of Director's Lab Chicago 2017, a finalist for the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a directing resident in Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's 2017/18 season and part of the SDC Foundation’s 2019/20 Observership Class. She was awarded the Leigh Silverman Observership to work on Soft Power by Jeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang at The Public (Off Broadway). Her upcoming projects include assistant directing Nollywood Dreams by Jocelyn Bioh at The MCC (Off Broadway) and curating the Cold Sweat immersive festival (Barrens Theatre Co). You can learn more about her on sophiyaanayar.net.
[Bio as of July 2019]