Having studied stage directing at the Academy of Performing Arts under Peter Mikulík, Ms Ferancová graduated in 1993. It was already at the university that she made a mark with her production of the Jean Genet title The Maids that she staged in 1992 as guest director in the studio of the Theatre Faculty at The Janáček Academy of Perming Arts in Brno. As a student she participated at the International University Festivals in Moscow and Berlin, and the International Theatre Workshop in Besançon, France. Between 1994 and 1995 she was staff director at The Ján Palárik Theatre in Trnava. Her productions there received great acclaim (J. Mahen: Castaways in the Big Top, 1994; A. P. Chekhov: Three Sisters, 1994). Since 1995 she has been freelance, working with a range of Slovak theatres: The Ján Palárik Theatre in Trnava, The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra, Theatre GUnaGU, Theatre Aréna, Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Slovak National Theatre. Her productions were repeatedly nominated for the DOSKY award. She regularly collaborates with the Slovak Radio and a number of television companies. As director she made the feature-length documentary The National about the relocation of the Slovak National Theatre from its historical building to the new venue. Between 2006 and 2010 she was directing the televised magazine Art (Slovak Radio and Television).
Ms Ferancová is a member of the middle generation of Slovak female stage directors specializing in drama. Her portfolio includes over twenty productions, many of which were received to high acclaim by critics and the public (W. Shakespeare: Hamlet, 1993; A. P. Chekhov: Three Sisters, 1994; J. Mahen: Castaways in the Big Top, 1994; H. Müller: Quartet, 2001). She has defined views of theatre and a particular sense of original non-classical stage methods (acting and visual stylization, metaphor) that she applies particularly when staging contemporary drama. She often fundamentally pushes the limits of understanding theatre and the category of dramatic tension. She is essentially interested in texts that lend space to further interpretation. Hence, she often perceives texts as a master, to be able to further advance the inherent motives. The themes that prevail in her productions tend to accentuate the inner human world and the challenges we face (H. Müller: Quartet, 2001; Y. Reza: God of Carnage, 2007; M. von Mayenburg: Fireface, 2010; P. Quilter: Curtain Up!, 2017). As a director, Ms Ferancová remains open to all stage genres, though, over the recent years, she tends to reach for comedy. She also staged plays to which she contributed as author: Soňa Ferancová – Oľga Belešová: A True Story of Oľga B., Woman with Golden Hands, 1998; Soňa Ferancová – Peter Pavlac: Hotline, 2004; Soňa Ferancová – Laci Strike: Romea and Julio, 2013. The key features of her directorial signature style include stylization of acting, gestures and verbal expression, extensive imagery, visual saturation and precision in visual, musical and lighting elements. She creates a production atmosphere by widely applying visual elements.
Ms Ferancová is a director with a defined aesthetic sense, whose productions bear intellectual depth and thematic complexity.
- 1990 / Theatre Studio of the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava / Alexander Serafimovich: Name Day in the Nineteenth
- 1991 / Theatre Studio of the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava / Boris Vian: The Empire Builders
- 1992 / JAMU Brno, Theatre Studio of the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava / Jean Genet: The Maids
- 1993 / Centre for Experimental Theatre, Brno / William Shakespeare: Hamlet
- 1994 / Trnava Theatre / Jiří Mahen: Castaways in the Big Top
- 1994 / Trnava Theatre / Anton Chekhov: Three Sisters
- 1996 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Johann Nepomuk Nestroy: A Rope with One End
- 1997 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / VHV: Drifts
- 1998 / GUnaGU, Bratislava / Soňa Ferancová, Oľga Belešová: A True Story of Oľga B., Woman with Golden Hands
- 2001 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Heiner Müller: Quartet
- 2004 / Studio 12, Bratislava / Soňa Ferancová, Peter Pavlac: Hotline
- 2007 / Theatre Aréna, Bratislava / Yasmina Reza: God of Carnage
- 2008 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Iveta Horváthová (Škripková): The Fetishists
- 2009 / Theatre Aréna, Bratislava / Liz Lochhead: Perfect days
- 2010 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Marius von Mayenburg: Fireface
- 2010 / Theatre Aréna, Bratislava / Terry Johnson: The Graduate
- 2013 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Soňa Ferancová, Laci Strike: Romea and Julio
- 2015 / Theatre Aréna, Bratislava / Pam Valentine: You Are My Heaven on Earth
- 2016 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Mark Haddon, Simon Stephens: The Curious Incident with the Dog in the Night-Time
- 2016 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Albert R. Gurney: Sylvia
- 2016 / Theatre GUnaGU, Bratislava / Viliam Klimáček: They Ran Out of Men (Dáša, Rút & Sisa)
- 2017 / Theatre Aréna, Bratislava / Peter Quilter: Curtain Up!
- 2017 / Theatre GUnaGU, Bratislava / Viliam Klimáček: Paradise is Just Eden (A Musical without Music)
- 2018/ Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads, Banská Bystrica / Václav Havel: Butterfly on the Aerial
- 2019 / Teatro Wüstenrot, Bratislava / Neil Simon: The Lover
- 2019 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Ján Stacho: Foraging in the Wilderness
- 2021 / Puppet Theatre on the Crossroads, Banská Bystrica / István Tasnádi: Cyber Cyrano
- 2021 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Florian Zeller: Mother
- 2001 / DOSKY for Best Actor of the season to Ady Hajdu in Quartet
- 2016 / DOSKY for the Discovery of the year for the actor Tomáš Turek in The Curious Incident with the Dog in the Night-Time