Meet Sonya

Author and Creator of Seven Pillars Acting

Sonya Cooke is the creator and author of Seven Pillars Acting, with branches in Los Angeles and Orange County, namely The Actor’s Studio of Orange County and Seven Pillars Acting Studio. She recently relocated to the Southeast to head the undergraduate Performance Track at Louisiana State University's School of Theatre. Her book, Seven Pillars Acting, is the main textbook for students of the technique across the country. Currently, she teaches at the grad and undergrad level, and she leads the teacher certification program. She has worked with many institutions all over the country as a teacher, curriculum writer and program developer, such as The Relativity School in Downtown LA, University of California at Irvine, The Guthrie Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and more. She is an international private acting coach via Skype and coaches locally in Los Angeles and Orange County. Sonya's article, titled “Circumstance in The Seven Pillars Acting Technique,” was published in The International Journal of Arts Education in 2016. Originally from Texas, she has acted in TV, film, New York and regional theatre, as well as commercials, print, and voice-over mediums. Most recently, she played the title role in Gloria by Brendan Jacobs-Jenkins at Swine Palace. Other career highlights include Louie by Louie C.K. on FX, working at The Guthrie Theatre, and playing the title role in feature film, Lily Grace: A Witch Story. She trained at UC-Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts where she achieved an MFA in Acting, and previously she studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a BFA in Drama. She is passionate about acting technique and loves helping her students discover their talents.

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