Sophia Chen is a management consultant specializing in business transformation, program management, . She discovered aerial arts in 2017 at Monarca in Flight in Falls Church, VA, and the circus community has been stuck with her ever since. Sophia splits her training between aerial hoop, trapeze (static and dance), and silks, and loves to explore (and occasionally create) invented apparatuses. She completed teacher training with Paper Doll Militia and joined the Monarca coaching staff in 2019. Her non-aerial performance experience is primarily in music and musical theatre; she is a classically trained mezzo-soprano who has performed in nine countries.Sophia is currently based in Chicago, IL, where she lives with her wonderful husband (John), their ornery dog (Murdock), an ever-growing collection of aerial apparatuses (Stan, Elphie, Gilda, et al.), and a terrible habit of naming everything she sees. She’s excited and honored to give back to this amazing community by serving on the NECCA Board of Directors.