SOPHIA RIOZZI

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A passion for performance since early childhood lead Sophia to complete a Bachelor of Theatre and Performance at Monash University. She has acquired extensive actor training along with experience set designing and marketing. Sophia is excited to currently be developing HEDDA, JULIE, NORA and ME, adapted by Joachim Matschoss, with the BYTE Ensemble. Playing the role of Anton Chekov’s Nina Zarechnaya, Sophia is impassioned to celebrate the importance of female voices and experiences from both a historical and modern context.

Sophia has performed lead roles in Welcome to Nowhere: Ash by Daniel Keene and The Curling Ribbon by Angus Cerini (Malthouse Theatre). She also enjoyed performing in Naught Point Five Above Zero, No Wind (La Mama) as Laura and in immersive installation Heart, Shadow; Inside, Outside (La Mama Courthouse) amongst other productions. For the past two years Sophia has lived abroad in the U.S. and U.K. where, inspired by African American poets declaring their battle with racism, she developed her own style as a slam poet; writing and performing original works stirred by her travels spanning from live volcanoes in Iceland to the Himalayan, poverty stricken, mountains of Nepal. As a pupil of Mole Wetherell (artistic director, Reckless Sleepers) and after working closely with director Emma Valente (The Rabble), Sophia’s love for devising was kindled. She currently wishes to explore and develop this interest further. With a keen curiosity for what it is to be human, Sophia is due to study psychology at Melbourne University, continuing her investigation into the links between live performance and the human condition.

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