Luigi Sottile (‘06) Talks Pivoting From Theater to Television Acting

Luigi Sottile (‘06) Talks Pivoting From Theater to Television Acting

Apr 10 2024

This interview was conducted and written by Alyssa Threadgill.

As students, we all wonder what paths we will take upon graduating from Temple. For those of us who have dedicated our college careers to our passion for the arts, it can be even more challenging. Many of us are called to the stage, while others will get in front of the camera.

For alumni, Luigi Sottile, his career started on stage, but then pivoted to on-camera acting. Sottile transferred from the University of the Arts and after an unsuccessful audition, he chose to attend Temple. However, he made the decision to pivot his academic career to the pre-law track. However, the theater department quickly caught his attention.

“I heard that they were auditioning for Romeo and Juliet. David Ingram was directing it. And I figured I'd give it one more shot,” said Sottile. “(Ingram) cast me, and I played the prince in that production,” said Sottile.

Once and for all, he was reminded that acting was his calling. “I just got to meet so many great people in the theater department,” said Sottile. “I just felt like I was among like-minded people - I felt included,” said Sottile.

In his post-grad life, he made his way performing within the Philadelphia theater scene.

“I was kind of lucky and got right to work in theater, in Philly, pretty soon after I graduated,” said Sottile. “The Lantern Theater, Wilma Theater, and People's Light gave me really wonderful showcases in very different kinds of roles,” said Sottile.

It was not until the pandemic when Sottile started auditioning and then booking on-camera roles.

"I always loved film or cinema,” said Sottile. “I never really took an onscreen class or anything. So it was another case of learning by doing,” said Sottile.

Luigi Sottile currently has a recurring role on NBC’s Chicago Med, as Sean Archer. But he has not forgotten his roots at Temple and the connections he made here.

“It was the connections I made that got me further,” said Sottile. Knowing directors, knowing writers. It was that you could be as talented, you know, as the next person, but sometimes it really does come down to the right place, right time,” said Sottile.

His advice for students? Do not give up on your dreams and passions.

“We experience rejection so much more than almost any other profession. Not only learning how to deal with that, but learning to just stick with it,” said Sottile.

Sottile also wants students to rethink what it means to have a Plan B in their career path.

“...There's nothing wrong with having a Plan B. Having a Plan B doesn't necessarily mean you're giving up on acting. It just gives you an opportunity to do something while it's happening,” said Sottile.

Luigi Sottile is continuing his recurring roles on NBC and someday hopes to return to Temple to speak to TFMA students.

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