Gill Sotu isn’t strictly one thing.
He isn’t strictly a poet, a musician, a writer, a DJ or host. Effortlessly combining the artistic elements of himself, Gill weaves poetry into musical performances and improvisational songs into hosting gigs. Ever present is a forceful undercurrent of soulful, comedic, thought-provoking passion that engages and inspires his audiences throughout California.
Currently, Gill is a teaching artist with The Old Globe Theatre, as well as the Artist In Residence at Makers Church in San Diego. He has just finished an Artist In Residency at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation where he was commissioned to write/direct two full length plays. Gill wrote and performed all the poetic segments to Melissa Adao's dance theatre showcase, "Hip-Hop CabHooray!" Which won an award for Outstanding Production at the 2015 Fringe Fest. He has opened for Grammy-nominated legend Sheila E, as well as Talib Kweli. Partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony, has been commissioned to create plays for The Old Globe and CSUSM. Wrote and performed numerous poetry pieces for the United Way of San Diego, San Diego's Fashion Week, and performed the closing number for TEDx San Diego in 2013 & 2016 as well as hosted TEDx San Diego in 2017. The San Diego community continues to take notice of Gill’s talent and charisma, as he’s been featured on NBC 7's Art Pulse TV and was named the 2012 & 2013 San Diego Raw Performing Artist of the Year.
Amidst regular performances, Gill hosts events throughout the county and also conducts poetry workshops in schools across California and has facilitated poetry workshops within San Diego County’s juvenile detention center for over 2 years. He finds the creativity and honesty expressed by these elementary through high school students to be an incredibly rewarding experience and reminder of the importance of speaking one’s own truth.
Gill Sotu is a paradigm shifter whose audience feels that he’s speaking to them individually, making a performance to hundreds seem more like an intimate dialogue between close friends. Charismatic and with an ability to adapt to any event, Gill quickly garners people’s attention and doesn’t let go until he says “Thank you”.
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THE SHORT VERSION OF MY BIO
GILL SOTU - PERFORMANCE POET / PLAYWRIGHT/ DJ/ HOST
Currently: Teaching Artist - The Old Globe Theatre, Artist In Residence - Makers Church, Premiere DJ at MYDJS.net
Former: Artist and Residence at the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation
2 x GRAND SLAM POETRY CHAMPION
2 X RAW ARTIST PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
2 X CLOSING PRESENTER AT TEDx San Diego
HOST OF TEDx San Diego 2017
Wrote and performed all the poetic segments to Melissa Adao's dance theatre showcase, "Hip-Hop CabHooray!"
Which won an award for Outstanding Production at the 2015 Fringe Fest.
(Jan 2016) Opened for rap legend Talib Kweli @ the San Diego Symphony
2 X Winner of Toastmaster’s “Best Speaker Award” & "Inspirational Award"
His work has been commissioned and has curated shows from The Old Globe, The SD Symphony, San Diego Fashion Week, NBC’s Art Pulse TV, Museum Of Man, & United Way to name a few.
He has had 3 original plays fully produced since 2015 with two others commissioned in 2017.
Besides the stage and the page, you can find Gill teaching poetry and performance workshops to schools and organizations all over San Diego County.
BIO (200 words or less - paragraph form)
Gill Sotu is a multi-faceted artist weaving poetry, music, soul, humor, and thought provoking passion into captivating and memorable performances. He is a two time Grand Slam Poetry Champion, two time Raw Performing artist of the year, and a three time TEDx San Diego presenter. He has opened for rap legend Talib Kweli at the San Diego Symphony. Currently he is a teaching artist and a commissioned playwright with The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego as well as the Artist In Residence at Makers Church. He has been commissioned to produce original pieces for leading arts and community organizations such as: The San Diego Symphony, San Diego Fashion Week, The Unity Way of San Diego County, Feeding America, SD Fringe Fest, and the San Diego Museum of Man to name a few. A magnetic performer, Sotu uses his words and energy to bring stories to life on stage and screen and leaves audiences of all sizes entertained and inspired.
Electronic Press Kit
“"I was blown away by Gill's performance for the United Way Of San Diego County and knew he'd be great for the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association's Annual Dinner. He was even better for us. I haven't stopped getting praise for how great he was to get people inspired while enjoying themselves. Gill is a truly gifted individual and I can't wait to have him perform again. ”
— -Omar Passons, President of San Diego County's African American Bar Association.
“Gill Sotu is a extremely talented and charismatic individual who can create artistically across genres of writing, music, and spoken word. It was a pleasure to collaborate with him through the San Diego Symphony's "Your Song, Your Story" Project. Anyone who collaborates with him is sure to recieve the highest level of committment and artistry from him. His future will definitely involve continued engagement through arts and community. ”
— Leonor Xochitl Perez, San Diego Symphony Artistic Projects Manager