ARTURO LUÍS SORIA is an actor and playwright with family roots in Brazil, Italy, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. This multicultural upbringing has influenced his storytelling tremendously and inspires him to find ways to bring his ancestors to the stage with him.
Hilton Als of The New Yorker likened Arturo to “a young Al Pacino” for his portrayal of Tano in the World Premiere of Hit the Wall by Ike Holter at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre and, subsequently, off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre.
As a writer, Arturo wrote his own solo show NI MI MADRE that was performed at festivals around Chicago, a one night only event at Barrow Street Theatre in NYC, and at Yale Cabaret. In 2015, it received the Luso-American Scholarship at the DisQuiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. He studied under the notable Portuguese-American writer Katherine Vaz.
His most recent play NOVIOS examines the lives of kitchen workers in an upscale restaurant in a nameless city. It addresses issues around citizenship, honor, class, race, ancestry, machismo, homoeroticism, and power. NOVIOS: Part One received a workshop production at Yale Cabaret.
Arturo holds a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama.