Sofia's work toes the lines between education and community engagement, art and science, and process and product.
Sofia has been educating students in theatre, STEM, and several other subjects in a variety of educational settings since 2008. Most recently, Sofia was the Education Outreach Programs Coordinator at The Bakken Museum where she used theatre to inspire a passion for innovation in students across the state of Minnesota. With the Bakken Museum, Sofia taught STEM learners as young as 2 years old, active seniors, and every age in between, although she enjoys teaching late elementary and middle school students the most. She also coordinated the logistics of several innovative STEM programs, working with schools, libraries, and community centers all over the state and developed new classes and performances on topics ranging from the Science of Light to Ethical Questions in Science Fiction.
Sofia studied education at St. Olaf college and spent two years as a substitute teacher with Minneapolis public schools and several local charter schools. She founded a summer theatre camp in her hometown of Neenah, Wisconsin, and has taught acting, dance, and playwrighting with several other camps and organizations in Minnesota including Lyric Arts of Anoka and St. Olaf Summer Theatre Camps.
Sofia is an MA/MFA candidate in the Theatre Education and Applied Theatre at Emerson College. She is studying Arts Integration in STEM; how drama can support students with disabilities; Directing; Theatre for Young Audiences; Playmaking; and Community Building through Drama. She plans to complete the program in the spring of 2024.
Conflict and Cooperation
5 lesson unit to teach SEL skills in Autism Therapy
Master Chef: Playmaking Edition
Residency Map for 20 Week Playmaking Course
2 Part Lesson Plan - Paleontology
Lesson Plan - Executive Functioning
Spatial Relationships Workstation
Independent mini lesson about creating stage pictures and spatial relationships.
My Night in the Planetarium Story Drama Lesson
Story Drama Lesson Plan
The Compass Unit Visuals
Slide deck and assignments for a secondary theatre unit based on Michael Rohd's 'The Compass'