About

Some stuff I did and a nice picture of my face so you know you can trust the writer:

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For Sonya, a path in the arts and social activism was inevitable from the beginning. With the support of her two moms, she has been a fierce self advocate and activist since the age of 8. While interested in creating a more socially just world on the whole, Sonya is specifically drawn to intersections of oppression, LGBTQ+, and disability issues. Sonya studied theatre before relocating to Denver, where she worked extensively with Phamaly Theatre Company. Sonya was an intensive case manager in Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities’ Mission Supports program, serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities experiencing homelessness. In 2015, she released a full length documentary entitled The Souls of our Feet that has been shown and distributed nationwide at institutions such as Northeastern University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and University at Albany, SUNY. She has choreographed several works of dance, including Shoes Off, a 15 minute piece that premiered in Boston in 2016. She has worked with COLAGE, a national organization for people with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans parent in various capacities since 2009, most notably serving as a founding member of their youth action board. Her nonfiction work Already Home will be published in this year’s edition of Purchase’s literary magazine, Italics Mine.

At Purchase College, Sonya has been instrumental in the reform of fire evacuation policy for physically disabled students, and has worked to expand accessibility and disability cultural competency campus-wide. The experiential component of her senior project, This Body’s Heart, is a six piece contemporary dance production she has directed and choreographed in collaboration with over 30 students.

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On a lighter note, I like to bake, sing, and obviously write! If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be Emma Watson (because she’s Emma Watson) OR my twin AJ (because they’re pretty kickass), and I have an irrational fear of moths.