UCL: English Literature 1st Class Degree
Bryanston School: A Levels - English Literature A*, History A, French A
Biography & Interests
I am the Artistic Director of activist theatre company, Power Play C.I.C (Fringe First Winners, 2018) who create immersive, site-specific platforms for female-identifying theatre-makers. Power Play also gather and analyse data on gender imbalances in the arts. We launched our world-first study into gender in fringe theatre in national press in 2019, and have shared research on The Guilty Feminist and beyond. I also co-founded the initiative Brainstorm to investigate masculinity and mental health through visual and performing art, with events at the V&A and Copeland Galleries. Alongside this I run multimedia events, panels, and interactive workshops, recently collaborating on All Rise a two-day climate-change mock-trial at Tate Modern. I have written for i-D, Arteviste, Hero, SAVAGE Journal and others.
Experience & Approach
I find students respond to being taken seriously as thinkers, and that when I am interested in our discussion, they will be also. All I am looking for in sessions is curiosity: as soon as someone feels curious, it is remarkable what they can discover. My approach is energetic, and I often draw on techniques from the theatre world to bring a subject alive, cultivate focus, or shake up our energy levels. I aim to create an environment within which a student can throw out ideas and experiment. I have taught English, humanities, study skills and entrance exams to students from an enormous range of backgrounds, ages, abilities, nationalities since 2012. I genuinely find all subjects fascinating.
“Sophie has successfully tutored my son Francesco in preparing his Common Entrance exams, mainly focusing on English and History.
Her teaching has demonstrated combined academic rigour with a passionate capability to engage him with the content of the subjects to prepare.
Francesco has defined her lessons instrumental to strengthen his self-confidence and to build a learning curve that has lead to very good results in his exams.” Mother of 13-year-old, October 2018