Louis Butelli returns to the Folger to play Roderigo in Othello. Audiences will remember his Helen Hayes Award-winning performance as Will Sommers in last season’s Henry VIII. Ten years earlier, he had made his Folger debut as Cassius in Aquila Theatre Company’s Julius Caesar.
For all three of his Folger performances, Louis has been directed by Robert Richmond. Other projects with Robert include the short film, Dreadful Sorry, financed by a generous grant from the South Carolina Film Commission and The Lost Colony on Roanoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Louis has spent the past fifteen years working as an actor, teacher, director, and writer. From 1998-2008, he was Artist-In-Residence and Company Clown for the Aquila Theatre Company. During that time, he played in over 25 productions of the works of William Shakespeare and other classical playwrights. He has appeared Off-Broadway, at major regional houses, and on tour in 49 US states and across Europe as well as teaching over 300 master classes. His credits include La Jolla Playhouse, LA Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Yale Rep, Orlando Shakespeare, Two River Theater Company, NJ, Alpine Theater Project, MT, Seaside Shakespeare of Nantucket, and La Scala Opera’s West Side Story in Milan, Beirut, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo. He is a co-founder of Psittacus Productions. Television roles include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Unusuals, and All My Children. Louis is on the faculty at the School of Theatre, University of Southern California. He is a proud resident of Los Angeles.