Sofia is a Tasmanian born musician, writer, director, composer and filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia. Sofia plays accordion with the band Vardos and has co-produced 6 plays at La Mama, Carlton, with Burning Deck Theatre Company.
Sofia's short film DOGS/DEMONS/DESTINY was selected for Lift Off London 2020 and Lisbon Film Rendezvous 2021, and is screening in The New Cinema Film and Music Festival II Las Vegas NV July 26, 2021-August 1, 2021.
Our heroes are in a large compound surrounded by wild dogs. Their guardian claims the dogs have come from another planet to attack LGTBQIA+ people and that the compound is there to keep them safe. However the dogs break in and are friendly. The Captives realize they have been duped, and decide to escape. DOGS/DEMONS/DESTINY features Jo, Umzy, Frankie and Darcy. The queer short film’s human talent comprises Alex Beyer, Dragomir Fotherington-Smythe, KT Prescott, Will Tait, Lisa Toinen Mullin and Zofia Witkowski-Blake. Principal camera Bruce Reilly, music by Sofia, stills Melisa Savickas.
Current project: Sofia's bilingual short films, creating queer shorts in French and English based on the short stories ‘The Cave of Dr Cayla’, and ‘An Ex in Provence’ in collaboration with Bruce Reilly of Feathered Engine Films. Cast includes Sofia Chapman, and Eloise Caleo as the mysterious Dr Cayla, captured here in rehearsal in 2021 by stills photographer Melisa Savickas.
'An Ex in Provence' features Faezeh Alavi, completion anticipated 2022. More HERE. Our Pozible campaign was successful- you can still be part of this creation! Please contact via the address below.
Sofia's first book in print, the play Todd in Venice was recently published by In Case of Emergency Press and launched in May 2021 at La Mama. Sofia gave an online talk through Moreland City Libraries during Midsumma Festival of Queer Arts: watch back here.
'The humour and wit of Chapman’s writing is immediate and doesn’t stall for a single moment, aided by a strong and energetic cast whose comic timing and delivery had the audience cackling from beginning to end.' Ross Larkin, Theatre Press, of Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa.
Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa was published by Australian Plays in 2020, now Australian Plays Transform. Sofia also released Narcissa as an audioplay in 2020; this project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, whilst acknowledging the Yalukit Willam Peoples of the Boon Wurrung, First Peoples of Country on which recording took place at Melbourne Theatre Company.
After a sold out La Mama season in January 2020 The Top Secret Violin Case is available as an audioplay, with music by Vardos, supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
'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 appears in Howard Firkin's anthology 'One Surviving Story', In Case of Emergency Press 2020. Sofia's third, semi-autobiographical short story Cretan Jail Journal appeared in the Irish literary magazine The Blue Nib in 2020.
Sofia appeared at the Emerging Writers' Festival and 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 a finalist in the SHORT and SWEET play Festival, Seymour Centre, Sydney and Arts Centre, Melbourne; also performed in Canada, New Zealand, the United States and published by Lazy Bee Publishing UK, in 2012. Sofia's other La Mama plays are The Anorexic Chef, 2011 and the short play, The Accidental Death of an Accordionist, 1998. Sofia also features in La Mama's 50th anniversary book, MUP 2017.
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 article on Melbourne Recital Centre SoundEscapes.
You too can play Sofia's accordion compositions! Order sheet music HERE! Published in 2021 by Wirripang.
Sofia's radio program 'The Extreme Accordion Show' aired on 29 August 2019 as a Graveyard Shift on RRR Radio 102.7FM, stay tuned for more.
Contact: sofiachapman (at) hotmail.com