Born in Munich, Sophia Schneider studied set and costume design in Stuttgart and fine art in Strasbourg. She worked briefly as an assistant at the Staatsoper Stuttgart and for the Ruhrtriennale Duisburg, before in 2012 becoming a freelancer. In 2014, she and the German stage director Verena Stoiber received first prize at the Ring Award competition for stage direction and design for their conception of the opera Der Freischütz. Subsequently, Sophia Schneider worked with Verena Stoiber at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Konrad Boehmer’s Sensor, 2015), in Nuremberg (Rigoletto, 2016), Graz (Tristan und Isolde, 2016), Potsdam (Israel in Egypt, 2016) and Skopje (La traviata, 2017). She designed the costumes for the Spanish stage director Calixto Bieito’s production of Hèctor Parra’s opera Wilde (Schwetzinger Festspiele, 2015) and his theatre adaptation of Bernardo Atxaga’s novel Obabakoak (world premiere in Bilbao, 2017). In 2019, she collaborated on Verona Stoiber’s productions of Der Freischütz (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe), Lucia di Lammermoor (Graz) and Das Rheingold (Städtische Theater Chemnitz).