PERFORMER - EDUCATOR - ADVOCATE
SOFIYA CHEYENNE is New York based multi-disciplinary performance artists creator and disability advocate. She has appeared as a guest star on both “At Home With Amy Sedaris” on TrueTV and “StartUP” on Sony Crackle. She recently landed a recurring role in the show “Loudermilk” on DirectTV’s AUDIENCENetwork as Louise. She originated the role of Perla Ovitz in the Off-Broadway production of The Lilliput Troupe and reprised the role of this historical icon in many other productions in New York. Sofiya's recent theater credits include The Briefly Dead (Phyllis) 59E59, Other World (Vendor) at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Guys and Dolls (Big Jule) at Theater Under The Stars in
Houston, TX, The Golden Smile (Director) at the Kraine Theater, The Conspiracists (Dee Dee) at IRT. She has also appeared in GI60 International One-Minute Play Festival. Sofiya has over 20 years of dance experience and has performed with dance companies and venues including Born Dancing Inc, The Brooklyn Dance Ensemble & The Salt Marsh Nature Center.
Within her advocacy work, Sofiya has been featured in films, documentaries, and campaigns such as "Dwarfdom" created by Maija Tammi, Lamont Baldwin's "Nothing Short of a Journey," and "Get Real" episode with Refinery29. She recently produced, wrote, acted and directed a short film for the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge entitled “You’re Up.” Sofiya also made her modeling debut in 2015's NY Fashion Week with Creative Business House Model Management. She was an ABC Discover and performed in their industry showcase in November of 2016. Sofiya has also co-wrote apiece titled The Gene Lottery with long time collaborator, director Kristy Dodson.
Sofiya graduated with a High School Diploma Endorsed for the Arts from the Professional Performing Arts High School in midtown Manhattan. After which she attended Kingsborough Community College studying Liberal Arts. After playing the character Sympathy The Learned in Arabian Nights she was nominee and finalist at The American College Theater Festival (ACTF) where she ranked top 16 our of 250 nominees. She continued her educations at Brooklyn College where she gradated with a BFA in Acting and BA in Psychology.
As a Teaching Artist she uses innovative arts programming such as dance, movement, creative writing, theatre and interactive arts therapy, to encourage the power of community, self-expression and storytelling. By focusing on topics such as self -identity, bullying, social emotional skills and language to help build empathy in our youth. Sofiya loves working with the youth because she believes they are our future leaders and they can learn best through meaningful play. She teaches throughout the 5 boroughs on New York helping students overcome obstacles that stand in the way of their success.
Sofiya grew up in Brooklyn, New York in a mixed family of Dominican, Taino, Italian and Syrian decent which influences much of what she performs, creates and lives. Sofiya strongly believes in using the arts as a way to challenge societal norms. She continually invests herself in projects that aspire to open people's' eyes to see that people with disabilities can have an equal chance on the stage, television and film. She is the chair of the Dwarf Artist Coalition and is a life time member of Little People of America (LPA). She also has the unique skill of tap dancing and jump roping as well as unhealthy obsessional with kitchen appliances and loves to cook!!