Sophie grew up in Seattle, Washington. After making her professional debut in Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of Mac Beth at the age of 17, she moved to New York City to pursue Acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She's now a rising senior, set to graduate in December 2021!
The production of Mac Beth at SRT has since transferred twice, bringing Sophie along with it: Red Bull Theatre (NYC) in 2019 and Hunter Theatre Project (NYC) in 2020.
Sophie-- along with many Seattlites-- loves a cup of dark roast coffee, camping in the Pacific Northwest, and her civic responsibility!
Throughout the pandemic Sophie has been fortunate enough to help develop multiple new plays through various new works programs. Most recently Sophie has helped launch Erica Schmidt's new adaptation/ direction of Shakespeare's HAMLET. Part of Seattle Repertory Theatre's brand new Plays in Process initiative, new to the Rep as of this season!
Follow along on the development of Hamlet on Seattle Rep's Instagram (@seattlerep) you might spot Sophie over there sometime soon! ;)
In July 2020 Sophie workshopped local Seattle playwright Holly Arsenault's new work entitled Court through Seattle Repertory Theatre's The Other Season Program. In November Sophie workshopped Jan Rosenberg's new play, GUSHER, also as a part of SRT's New Works program. December brought the holidays, and with that ACT Theatre's development of Holly Arsenault's new Untitled Christmas Play.
Workshops during Quarantine...
In the past year....
The Other Season workshop: Gusher by Jan Rosenberg via Seattle Rep
The Other Season: Insignificant Bugs by Keiko Green via Seattle Rep
Reviews of Mac Beth at Hunter Theatre Project adapted and directed by Erica Schmidt
"The all-female cast of “Mac Beth” makes a glorious physical and aural mulch of the stage...their adolescent stomps and bangs and splashes often qualify as laugh lines, fully earned...people sitting in the front row get thrillingly splattered as Macbeth’s witches boil and bubble." -The New Yorker
"The witches here engineer the proceedings, as teenage volatility says off with a head. These girls are beyond creepy, as their dark powers lead to dancing, flinging themselves about...This cast is really excellent, especially Ismenia Mendes and Sophie Kelly-Hedrick whose quirky voice is mesmerizing" -Times Square Chronicles
CASTING ANNOUNCED Mac Beth Off-Broadway at Red Bull Theatre
Sophie is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut this spring in Red Bull Theatre's Mac Beth, adapted and directed by Erica Schmidt.
Mac Beth shows May 7 - June 9 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
NEW YORK TIMES says: "The band of prophesying witches (AnnaSophia Robb, Sharlene Cruz and the terrific Sophie Kelly-Hedrick) has spooky fun with the tartan-lined cloaks...but they’re ingeniously creepy, too."
Reviews of Mac Beth @ Seattle Repertory Theatre adapted/directed by Erica Schmidt
"The three witches played by Sophie Kelly-Hedrick, Laakan McHardy, and Analiese Mereson Guettinger are harbingers of good things to come in the theater world. They displayed precise comedic timing, fierce energy, and decadent mischievousness. " -Broadway World
"The “Double, double, toil and trouble” trio of witches are portrayed by Sophie Kelly-Hedrick (Witch 1), Laakan McHardy (Witch 2), and Analiese Emerson Guettinger (Witch 3), and they are irresistible....With delightful comedic timing...My favorite witch moment? When they stir up a brew of vile ingredients. Don’t invite these three to your potluck." -Queen Anne and Magnolia News