Sophia New was born in South London in 1974 and studied Philosophy & Literature with German at Sussex University (1993- 1997) and after receiving her Masters degree in Feminist Performance at Bristol University in 1998, she made her first solo piece, 'Jammy Lips';, which was performed at Battersea Arts Centre, London and eXpo, Nottingham in 1999. In 2000 she received a Breathing Space Commission from the Arnolfini, Bristol. The piece she made, Feeling Poorly, was shown in four festivals: NOW, Nottingham; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Xtracts, Manchester; Inbetween Time, Bristol; as well as in venues in Belgium and London. In The Letters Project, Sophia created a live archive performance. Installing herself in an arts-related workspace (the then Live Art Development Agency office), she performed by curating her own personal collection of letters and exhibiting them for visitors. Most recently Sophia has been making performances for camera that investigate female body, and the framing and installing of performed actions.
Sophia has also worked as a theatre/performance writer and journalist for the magazines Venue, Live Art Magazine and the Open Page Journal. She has also contributed a series of images based on Feeling Poorly for On Smell, and Letter Objects for On Correspondence published by the Performance Research Journal.
She is a co-founder of plan b with Daniel Belasco Rogers. Since 2002 they have made over 25 projects for different cities, festivals, and galleries. Their work is often site specific and includes performance, GPS, sound and video.
She also works as an independent performer and has worked with Antonia Baehr, Penelope Wehrli, Petra Sabish, Gob Squad, and Forced Entertainment.
Since 2012 she has been a guest lecturer (since 2015 Guest Professor) on the MA solo dance authorship (SODA) at the HZT, Berlin. She also regularly teaches Live Art and Performance with Siegmar Zacharias at Folkwang in Essen and Bochum.