Vale Efterpi Soropos

The lighting designer, multimodal artist and mental health recovery coach died earlier this month, aged 61.

Efterpi Soropos, whose work ranged from lighting design for mainstage theatre productions to carefully designed spaces created to comfort the dying, has died unexpectedly aged 61.

Remembered as kind, generous, inspiring, insightful and talented, Soropos – Effe to her friends – died just before Easter.

She was born in 1962, in the regional NSW town of Moree, the first-born child of Stavros and Evangelia Soropos, who owned and operated a Greek café, the Omega, and later Moree’s first Greek takeaway, Cornelius Gourmet.

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Richard Watts OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts