Connecting communities through personal poetry
Starts April 22, 2021
- Thursdays @ 6:30 PM PST
- Apr 22, Apr 29, May 6, May 13
In this interactive four-week workshop, participants will learn how to write, edit, and perform poetry that connects us as humans while still maintaining their unique voice, style, and experience. You will learn how to uplift while speaking about the hard stuff, be inclusive while speaking about the personal stuff, and have fun while performing, so your poetry isn’t the boring stuff!
Additionally in this course, Gill will provide you with tools on how to connect with your audience so that each performance is unique, and catered to the crowd you are in front of. He will also help you learn how to trust your own instinct as an artist, collaborate with other artists, write commissioned pieces for companies and organizations while maintaining your artistic integrity, and how to get paid for what you do even when the organization has no budget for poetry.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Gill Sotu is a Navy veteran, a multi-faceted 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 commissioned playwright with The Old Globe Theatre, a 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 including The San Diego Symphony, The Unity Way of San Diego County, Feeding America, SD Fringe Fest, and the San Diego Opera.