Sofia is a Tasmanian born musician and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Sofia has co-produced 6 plays with La Mama, Carlton, including The Anorexic Chef, 2011, Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa, 2016 and Todd in Venice, 2017 with the Burning Deck Theatre Company.
The script of Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa is now available, published by Australian Plays in May 2020. Narcissa returned for a command season in La Mama's birthday Mini-Fest in 2017. Sofia also features in La Mama's 50th anniversary book.
Sold out season: The Top Secret Violin Case, La Mama Carlton Courthouse 349 Drummond St 21-26 Jan 2020.
'An extraordinary gleeful exploration of some dark political events that besieged Eastern European countries under communist regimes. This light-hearted approach does not belittle the issues but allows the audience to see how suspicion and paranoia pervaded all aspects of life in countries like Romania... a highly energetic and lively production that is full of unexpected and enchanting moments.' Patricia Di Risio, Stage Whispers.
Sofia won the 'Best Emerging Writer' Award at Melbourne Fringe 2012 for the play The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse, directed by Jo Loth at La Mama Courthouse, with dramaturgy by Jami Bladel, Richard Bladel and May-Brit Akerholt. This award was provided by Writers Victoria and Melbourne Theatre Company.
Sofia's début short story, The Cave of Dr Cayla, written during a residency at Sainte Valière in France in 2015 was published in Gargouille Literary Journal Issue 4 in 2016. Another, An Ex in Provence will appear shortly through In Case of Emergency Press.
Sofia appeared at the Emerging Writers' Festival and the International Festival of Literature in Translation in 2012 and Poetry at Federation Square, 2013. Sofia's poem 'Villanelle: Detention Centre' appeared in Regime 02, W.A. and 'Nancy Nails, dominatrix' won Australian Poetry 'Poem of the Week' in 2013. Sofia was Café Poet at Open Studio, 204 High St Northcote for two years supported by the Australian Poetry 'Café Poet' Program. Sofia's poem, 'A Boot Left in Wellington' appears in n-SCRIBE magazine issue 11, 'Death of a Guinea Pig' in issue 13 and 'Web of Discontent' in issue 14, and 'In my Boudoir' in 'One Surviving Poem' anthology, In Case of Emergency Press 2019.
Sofia's Desperate Gallery was performed in the SHORT and SWEET short play Festival at Seymour Centre, Sydney and the Arts Centre, Melbourne. It has also been performed in Canada, New Zealand, the Unites States and the UK.
Desperate Gallery was published by Lazy Bee, UK, in 2012, and now available online at Lazy Bee Publishing.
Sofia is a professional accordionist with the band Vardos.
Why did Sofia take up the accordion? What is an accordion even? Find out more: Read Sofia's 2019 accordion article on Melbourne Recital Centre SoundEscapes.
Listen to Sofia's radio program 'The Extreme Accordion Show' aired on 29 August 2019 as a Graveyard Shift on RRR Radio 102.7FM.
Contact: sofiachapman (at) hotmail.com