Sophie Vanier (Actor) Sophie appeared most recently at the West End Theatre in NYC as Lorna in
Back Burner Murder, part of the 2006 Artists of Tomorrow Festival. A recent graduate of Stony Brook University,
Sophie has appeared in SBU Mainstage performances as Theresa in Rebecca Gilman's Boy Gets Girl, Olga in Chekhov's
The Three Sisters, Claire in David Auburn's Proof and the Mother in Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an
Author. She was a recipient of the prestigious Tom Neumiller Scholarship for 2004-05-a full scholarship for acting
awarded by Stony Brook University's Theatre Department. One of the founding members of Pocket Theatre-SBU's
student-run theatre organization-she appeared in the inaugural production as Gwendolen in Oscar Wilde's
The Importance of Being Earnest. During her academic career she also served as a judge for the 2005 John Gassner
New Playwright Festival and assumed the title role in Department Chair Michael Zelenak's adaptation of Euripides' Hecuba.
Sophie is a graduate of the Stony Brook School and was a long-term pupil of ballet mistress Valia Seiskaya. She studied
for a year at Barnard College before transferring to SBU. In 2005, she was an Acting Apprentice at Williamstown Theatre
Festival and one of ten selected at the end of the summer to participate in an intensive Hamlet workshop with
Artistic Director, Roger Rees. This past summer she had the great privilege of studying acting in East Hampton with
Alec Baldwin and Michael Disher in their intensive professional acting workshop.