The Mistress of Tea: Sophie ParrottAug 3rd, 2012 | By Cecilia | Category: guest bio, the show
Twelve years ago, Sophie moved to Hollywood from her home country of England to further her career in television. In Hollywood, she became a Casting Director and Assistant Producer for major companies and TV networks.
Sophie was destined to follow her passion for theatre and television since age 4. After starring in the Royal Tunbridge Wells Pantiles Players (Shakespeare Co), performing at the Royal Saddlers Wells Dance Theatre, and countless other productions, she graduated with honors from ‘West Kent College’. Sophie also appeared on the children’s television series Gibberish and Quids In, filmed a series of language programs with Telecolleg, and recorded children’s Talking Books.
Sophie was then accepted at Sir Paul McCartney and HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s world-renowned ‘The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts’ (LIPA). She majored in Acting, but a large portion of her degree included directing and management. Here she was awarded a Liverpool Institute Actors Recognition award and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree.
After living in LA for 5 years, Sophie moved to the beautiful mountains in Durango, Colorado with her new husband. She contributed to the docu-films Fourteen and Green Living which won Telly, Aegis and DVA awards and two Regional Emmy nominations. She founded her company ‘Acting Professional’ in March 2007, which taught show ‘business’ as well as one-on-one acting coaching to artists who share her passion for the stage and camera. In addition to teaching, she was the Emcee for the Spotlight to Stardom talent search. Sophie was also involved with the 2008 and 2009 Durango Independent Film Festival as the ‘Chair of Feature Films.’
In March of 2008, Sophie was given the opportunity to direct and manage the historic Strater Hotel’s theatre, The Henry Strater Theatre. During her time with the theatre, Sophie transformed the venue from a run-down, aging space, to a popular destination for live theatre, music, and comedy.
Sophie moved to Austin, Texas in November 2011 which is where “The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Company” was born. Leveraging her creative and professional backgrounds, as well as her passion for baking and hosting parties, she creates one-of-a-kind, vintage celebrations for clients in Central Texas. Since her arrival in Austin, Sophie has had the privilege of hosting events for ladies and gentlemen, brides, birthdays, children, corporate professionals, fundraisers, baby shower’s, sip and see’s, and several ‘just for fun’. Looking ahead, Sophie is eager to reach broader audiences across Texas to share her unique and fun take on the English tea party experience!