Sophia Stoller is a choreographer, dancer, and dance educator based in Los Angeles, California. She is the founding Artistic Director of Iris Company, dedicated to creating thought-provoking and moving experiences through immersive dance and film. Her life long interest in psychology has driven her to create dances and films that excavate the complexities and paradoxes of humans as social beings. Sophia’s work has been presented in festivals and venues in Southern California, Israel, and Bali, Indonesia, including LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, REDCAT, Electric Lodge, Highways, the Fowler Museum, SoCal Dance Invitational, and Bootleg Theater. She often brings together artists of different mediums to create interdisciplinary work, believing deeply in the power of collaboration.
Sophia trained in an apprenticeship program with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and has performed with Nickerson-Rossi Dance, The Union Project Dance Company, Dance AEGIS, and Soul Lab Dance Project. She participated in the HOTHOUSE Choreographic Residency in 2015, was a recipient of the PDG Space Grant in 2016, and was one of three choreographers selected to be part of the 2017 Los Angeles Cohan Collective residency. Sophia holds an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts, and a BA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance and a BA in Psychology from UCLA. She has taught dance to students of all ages at everybody dance, California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley, Gabriella Charter School, Scripps College, and CalArts, and is currently on the faculty at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences. Sophia is honored to have been commissioned to create a new work for the Yorke Dance Project 20th Anniversary Programme. www.sophiastoller.com