This is the first of a series of interviews introducing people to the ensemble members of Stable Cable Lab Co.
This post features new ensemble member, Sofiya Cheyenne.
October is Dwarfism Awareness Month! Sofiya Cheyenne was born with a rare dwarfism called Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Congenita, which basically means she was born of short stature. This month is important to Sofiya, because she believies it is critical to share awareness throughout the world. Especially about things that most people don't know about. If you want to learn more about Dwarfism Awareness, visit Sofiya's website and check out her blog!
How long have you been a member of Stable Cable and what made you interested in joining the company?
I am very honored to say I am a new member to the Stable Cable family, just recently joined in late July 2015. I I had always heard amazing things about this company through the walls of Brooklyn College and since have had an interest, but when I found out Stable Cable's mission statement I knew this was a collaborative community I wanted to join. I believe in what Stable Cable does, which is to create new work and give artists a platform to develop, create, and workshop in ensemble-driven ways.
When did you know that you wanted to be an actor?
This is such a funny question to me that I never really can answer. I always knew I loved performing, but I never knew "I wanted to be an actor" until I was in college. It took a very traumatic life experience for me to realize that life is too short to play it safe. I remember the first play I auditioned for in college and the part I had was one of the most complex roles I have played to this day, it was Sympathy The Learned fromArabian Nights. But it was after that performance that I was nominated for a Theater College Festival. It was the first time I felt like what I was doing was making a difference, and not only that, but I was happy too. Since then I haven't looked back, acting is where my heart is. Can't deny that.
What kind of characters are you drawn to playing? Do you have a dream role?
I am definitely drawn to playing strong, powerful female roles. I love a good story of an underdog fighting to get to the top. Those are the best stories in my opinion. I don't know if I have a dream role because I always love all the characters I play. I learn to love them as they become part of me. Every role for me is a dream role ... I know that kinda sounds cheesy, but it's true!
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work as an actor thus far?
My passion and my love for performing really comes from the live audience. There is nothing in the world like having that live interaction beyond the fourth wall, it is very special and unique. I have to say though, that my biggest supporters throughout my whole life have been my family. They have always stood behind me in everything I do. I would not be the woman I am today without them. They help me believe that anything is possible, and I am so grateful for that.
What else are you working on right now?
I will be in an original off broadway production entitled THE LILLIPUT TROUPE, it will be playing from Nov 6 - Nov 15th at Off-Broadway's Chernuchin Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors. THE LILLIPUT TROUPE tells the incredible true story of the Ovitz family, seven vaudeville-performing siblings with dwarfism who survived a year in Josef Mengele's laboratory. Structured as a post-war vaudeville retelling of "Snow White," the play follows the Lilliputs on their unlikely journey from their home in the mountains to vaudeville stages across Europe to the laboratory of the most notorious war criminal of the 20th century. Combining klezmer music, shadow puppetry, and the humor of vaudeville THE LILLIPUT TROUPE spotlights the power of family, the weight of survival, and the place of theatrics in a world of war.
For more info please visit www.thelilliputtroupe.com.