Sophie LaBelle

headshot Sophie LaBelle wearing black t-shirt that reads

M.A. Arts Politics Class of 2020

B.F.A. Drama and Gender & Sexuality Studies, New York University

Sophie Labelle is a Canadian born actress, dancer, singer and compassionate content creator. She studied Experimental Theatre and Gender & Sexuality studies at New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts. She has been in films, television, and theatre, in both NYC and L.A, has fronted a riot grrrl band, and has created her own stage work. She recently played Angel in the groundbreaking film Ponyboi, directed by River Gallo and Sadé Clacken Joseph, which was listed in Forbes Magazine's five films not to be missed at Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. Sophie is co-creator, co-star, co-producer, co-director of the edgy, conscious comedy series No Chill, alongside her brilliant production partner Janelle Renee Pearson. After only two seasons, No Chill has been featured on Elizabeth Banks’ streaming site Whohaha, and has been featured twice on the Comedy Central Stage. It is now streaming on the Vyre Network.
 She's into kindness, gender, history, the environment, animals, and magic. She is also a vegan and a Capricorn.

What drew you to the M.A. in Arts Politics?

In my teens I said I wanted to be a dancer and a lawyer, in myapplication for undergrad, I said I want to get a grammy, save the monkeys in the rainforest, and help kids with trauma. Nothing has changed, I still want to be and already am many things. I was drawn to this program because it honors and allows for this multitude. It offers an opportunity to explore and create in a progressive space and in an engaged community. The teachers, the school, the core classes combined with a school-wide array of awesome elective classes, all make it a pretty magical program to combine my background in dance, drama, performance and gender, my current work in acting, film, television, and volunteer work in suicide intervention and women's groups, with my desire to learn about policy, history, animals, the environment, and explore the ways I can create change.  It's a magical program!