Sonja Sohn's journey to the screen evolved from artistic pursuits that began during the height of the '80s art revolution in NYC where she attended School of Visual Arts. In the '90s, she began to pursue her passion for writing, eventually landing at Brooklyn College where her love for poetry and storytelling took over and sent her on an unexpected trajectory toward the entertainment industry. In 1998, she co-starred in and co-wrote the film, "Slam," which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Camera d'Or Prize at Cannes and is also set to return to Sundance Film Festival in January 2023 as part of a 25th anniversary retrospective event looking at the film's indelible impact on the spoken-word and prison-reform movements.
Sohn's theatrical work in entertainment over the years also includes other ABC projects, including "Brothers and Sisters" and "Body of Proof" as well as "Cold Case" and "The Good Wife" (CBS), "Burn Notice" (Hulu), "Luke Cage" (Netflix), "The Chi" (Showtime), "Star Trek Discovery" (Paramount +) and HBO's critically acclaimed series "The Wire." Throughout her career, she has worked with renowned feature film directors, John Singleton ("Shaft"), Steve Soderbergh ("High Flying Bird") and Martin Scorsese ("Bringing Out the Dead"). Recently, she completed filming on Sony Pictures' George Foreman biopic, "Heart of a Lion," to be released April 2023. Known for playing bold, down-to-earth, strong, soulful characters, Sohn can be seen in early 2023 opposite Ramon Rodriguez in the upcoming ABC series "Will Trent."
As a documentary filmmaker, Sohn's first foray behind the camera resulted in the critically acclaimed documentary, "Baltimore Rising," which chronicled the efforts of local activists, police and community leaders in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray and premiered on HBO in November 2017. Her most recent documentary, "The Slow Hustle," chronicles the mysterious death of Baltimore police Detective Sean Suiter. It premiered last December on HBO and was nominated for a 2022 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Crime and Justice Documentary.