THE SHORT VERSIONS OF MY BIO (Bullet point or paragraph form)
GILL SOTU - PERFORMANCE POET / PLAYWRIGHT/ DJ/ HOST
SHORT BIO (paragraph form)
Gill Sotu is a navy veteran, poet, playwright, musician, DJ, and performing artist. 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. Currently, he is a teaching artist and a commissioned playwright with The Old Globe Theatre & The La Jolla Playhouse, a guest teaching artist with the SD School of Creative and Performing Arts, and the official Poet in Residence for the San Diego Writer's Festival. As a DJ, Gill is a premiere DJ with MY DJs - One of the top wedding, private event and corporate DJ companies in SD, as well as one of the official DJ's for the SD Half Marathon. Gill is a former program director and teaching artist with Intrepid Theatre, creative director for TEDx San Diego, 2020 Artist in Residence for the Gainesville Creative Forces Art Summit, as well as the former Artist In Residence for The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and Makers Church. He has been commissioned to produce original pieces for leading arts and community organizations such as: The San Diego Symphony, New Village Arts Theatre, The Unity Way, Feeding America, SD Fringe Fest, and the San Diego Opera to name a few.
BIO (Under 100 words - paragraph form)
Gill Sotu is a veteran, poet, playwright, DJ, and performing artist. He is a 2x Grand Slam Poetry Champion, 2x Raw Performing artist of the year, and a 3x TEDx San Diego presenter. Currently, he is a teaching artist and a commissioned playwright with The Old Globe Theatre, a teaching artist with The La Jolla Playhouse and the Poet in Residence for the San Diego’s Writer’s Fest. He has been commissioned to produce original pieces for leading arts and community organizations around the country and is honored to be a part of this event.
BIO (Bullet Point version for EVENT HOSTS)
Currently: Teaching Artist - The Old Globe Theatre, Teaching Artist The La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, Poet In Residence at San Diego Writer's Festival, & Premiere DJ at MYDJS.net
2020 Artist in Residence for the Gainesville Creative Forces Virtual Arts Engagement & Telehealth Summit
Host of THE POET's TREE - Weekly online poetry show and workshop. Produced with the OLD GLOBE THEATRE
Former: Artist and Residence at the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation and Makers Church
3 x Partnered with and was commissioned by various arts organizations to be a part of THE LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE'S WOW FESTIVAL
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
FORMER CREATIVE DIRECTOR - TEDx SAN DIEGO 2020
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.
FULL VERSION OF BIO
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 and commissioned playwright with The Old Globe Theatre, a program director and teaching artist at Intrepid 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, hosted in 2017 and was named musical director and featured performer in 2020.. 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 as well as currently conducting Shakespearean performance and reflection workshops at Centinela State Prison. 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”.