Sofia Schaeffer ’22
Spearfish, South Dakota
Sofia Schaeffer

Curtain call

As a high school student, Sofia attended theatre camp at Northwestern, during which she fell in love with the campus community and, in her words, “the thoughtful and profound way the theatre faculty incorporates faith into their high-caliber teaching.” It made attending Northwestern an easy choice. She’s active in the college’s theatre department, participates in Women in Leadership events, and serves as a speech fellow and peer tutor. Sofia plans to spend a semester studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Meant to be

When I was looking at colleges, I knew it was important for me to find somewhere that felt cozy and welcoming, offered small class sizes, had professors who were passionate about the subjects they taught and invested in each of their students, and included people who openly lived out their faith. I wanted to attend a school that would set me up for success, and after attending Northwestern’s theatre camp as a junior in high school, I fell in love with Orange City and the campus.

Looking ahead

In the future, I plan to attend graduate school. At Northwestern, I’ve found a new passion for sewing and costume design, and my love for history and theory has only grown. It’s encouraging for me to know recent theatre graduates who are fully employed in the arts. This points to the real-world value of the education and connections students gain at Northwestern. While I don’t know exactly what my future will look like, I go into it without fear.


Something I've loved about the theatre program is that I have been given countless opportunities to study and learn in different areas of theatre. I really love performing on stage; however, I know I am capable and prepared to do whatever theatre work might come my way. I’m just as confident in my abilities to sew, program sound, and build a flat as I am in acting. My professors and the theatre staff have made me a confident and well-rounded individual.

To the King

Northwestern’s theatre program believes and instills in our company the power of ensemble and the idea that all of our work and time is meant to glorify the King. Every person and every part of our ensemble is equally important and valued because we know we are all equally valued and loved by God.

Growth mindset

Studying at Northwestern has expanded my thinking and taught me how to live and interact with those who have differing viewpoints than I do. I’ve learned to listen more closely, love those around me more deeply, and respect the paths and journeys each individual around me is taking. I’ve also learned a lot about myself and my faith along the way.

Opportunities abound

I encourage students to attend Northwestern if they’re looking for a place where they can stand out. When you choose a smaller school, it is easier to get connected, find loving friends and caring professors, and expand your faith. The wonderful thing about Northwestern is that it is really easy to find your niche and form lasting friendships. You also have the opportunity to dip your toes into lots of activities and try new things.