The Team

Thea Tsiranides

Executive Director & Co-Founder, SoNo Academy

Thea Tsiranides built her reputation as a successful hair care professional in Connecticut during a 15-year career at one of New England’s top salons, Salon Shahin of Stamford, CT. Tsiranides made the most of this experience to hone her skills and while working there discovered she enjoyed mentoring many of the newer employees and stylists at the salon. Surprisingly, she noticed that the new assistants coming in from beauty school didn’t have many of the most basic skills: blow drying, applying a glaze, shampooing clients, and in some cases, how to behave professionally.

“There was really no place in the area that gave young talent a fresh, contemporary education in our industry,” says Tsiranides. “This is a dynamic, hip business which is constantly changing – the area desperately needed a school that understands this. I decided to do something about it, and SoNo Academy is the result.” Tsiranides founded SoNo Academy in October of 2007 and has since trained dozens of stylists who are now working in the best salons in this region.

Tsiranides is a Master Colorist with 18 years of experience, and has always loved the excitement of creating something new and dynamic for her clients. She specializes in hair color, corrective color, highlighting, creative techniques, Keratin treatments, styling, and updos. She has witnessed what she calls a “revolution” in the overall approach to color and technique and is passionate about bringing the most current options available to her friends and clients. SoNo Academy has evolved over the past 4 years as one of the most sought-after certification programs in Fairfield County.


Beauty Tech, Stamford, CT
Vidal Sassoon Academy
Goldwell of New England / CT
Wella, NYC
Loreal, NYC
Toni & Guy, Texas
Cinderella Hair Extentions / Certified
Simply Smooth / Rejuvenol, Keratin Treatment / Certified
Bio Ionic Chemical Retexturing / Certified


SarahSarah Beke

Admissions Director

As our Admissions Director, Sarah’s goal is to find candidates for the Academy who are talented, motivated and passionate about the field of cosmetology.

Sarah combines a strong background in marketing with years of experience in the beauty and talent industry. Her knowledge, energy and great people skills make Sarah the perfect person to introduce you to our program, give you a tour and answer any questions you might have.

Give Sarah a call at 203-642-3600


Dawn Caratozzolo


84 N Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
Contact Us
Phone: (203) 642-3600
Fax: (203- 642- 3602