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 is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts