NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Sophie Benassi
2022 MFA Directing alumni Sophie Benassi

About Sophie

Sophie Benassi is a theatre director. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Acting for Stage and Screen at Charles Sturt University and has a Diploma of Education specialising in Drama at the University of Canberra. Sophie has trained with 16th Street Actors Studio in workshops with Larry Moss, Ivana Chubbuck and Ellen Burstyn as an actor and director. Sophie has a passion for verbatim and political theatre.

While at NIDA Sophie has directed a music video for The Regime’s Deuzy Vibe, in collaboration with Rage and triple j Unearthed, and worked as Assistant Director to Kate Gaul on NIDA’s production of Orlando. Other directing credits include Revolutionary Road in collaboration with the Actors Centre Australia (ACA).

Sophie collaborated with MFA (Writing for Performance) student Sophie Davis on a new work for her graduating production and she was appointed Co-Artistic Director of Mockingbird Acting Studio and Theatre Company in 2021.

NIDA Productions

And a Happy New Year

Assistant Director

Weimar Kabarett

Revolutionary Road (NIDA and ACA collaboration)

Deuzy Vibes by The Regime (triple j Unearthed music video)

Other Productions

Creative development: Clean by David Atfield (The Street Theatre 2019)

Assistant Director
Kinky Boots (Free-Rain Theatre Company)

Acting Up (Campbell High School)

A Very Potter Musical (Campbell High School)

The Laramie Project (The Acting Company)