Sophiyaa Nayar biography
At Writers Theatre: Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Sophiyaa is a Chicago-based director from New Delhi, India. After attending the Lab in 2017, she now serves on the steering committee of DirectorsLabChicago, and is currently the Program Coordinator at Steep Theatre. She most recently assisted Ameenah Kaplan in the American Players Theatre’s production of Our Country’s Good. As an emerging professional directing resident for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s 2017/18 season, she assisted on The Who and The What with May Adrales, Holmes and Watson (Midwest Premiere) with Joe Hanreddy, Black Pearl Sings with Leda Hoffman, One House Over (World Premiere) with Mark Clements and Our Town with Brent Hazelton. Additionally, she assisted on Nobody Gets Hurt, an immersive experience for an audience of one devised by Craig Quintero at Grinnell College. Her directing credits include, Missed Connection (devised from a Craigslist article for Milwaukee Rep’s Rep Lab), a stage adaptation of Lord of The Flies by Nigel Williams, 3:59am: a Drag race for Two Actors by Marco Ramirez and Elephant’s Graveyard by George Brant. She earned her B.A. in Theatre & Dance from Grinnell College in 2017, with a semester abroad at the London Dramatic Academy. She spent summers working with the Neo-Futurists in New York, Synchronicity Theatre, Moving in the Spirit and Youth Creates in Atlanta, Georgia.
[Bio as of September 2018]