Gil PolkActor

Gil Polk is an actor and award-winning songwriter living in New York City. His published songs include WHEN YOU’RE AWAKE (2017 N.S.A.I. Top 40 Winner, U.K. International Song Contest finalist, International Song Of The Year Semifinalist), EASY (Song Of The Year Runner-up, International Acoustic Music Awards Runner-up, Frank Brown International Songwriting Festival), and YOU ARE! (Billboard World Song Contest). His song WHAT ABOUT LOVE has been called “The prettiest melody since Burt Bacharac and Hal David were making records.” by an iconic music-industry veteran. Gil is a three-time recipient of “Ones To Watch” from The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
Gil’s stage credits include: Macbeth (King Duncan/The Doctor) with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and has participated in readings through Primary Stages, Second Stage Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Film: “The Suicide Auditions” directed by Peter Barton (Voted “Best In Show” Georgetown Film Festival). Commercials: Microsoft, Spirit Cruises, N.Y. Port Authority. He was chosen nationally as the Journeyman recipient in acting awarded by INTIMAN Theatre in conjunction with A CONTEMPORARY THEATRE in Seattle and was the featured actor for the program’s world premier of WHEN THE DEVIL CAME TO TOWN.  Gil’s credits also include INTIMAN Theatre’s LIVING HISTORY (under the direction of Robin Lynn Smith and Intiman artistic direction of TONY-winner Bartlett Sher).
Gil has a deep affection for playwrights and screenwriters and hopes to move and inspire people through acting and with his songs that relate to life’s joys and challenges.  His spiritual path lead him to the world-renowned philanthropist Amma, the hugging saint from India, who founded the United Nations N.G.O. “M.A. Math”, with which he spends time volunteering for in the U.S. and abroad.  He is thankful for the months he was able to spend closely with Amma in India and Sri Lanka helping with relief efforts after the Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and altered the lives of millions. His song LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND was inspired by those events and is dedicated to the survivors and victims of that tragic time.
A member of Actors Equity and ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), Gil attended Portland State University with a major in Speech Communications followed by four years of conservatory training at Seattle’s FREEHOLD Theatre/Lab/Studio, under the guidance of founder and director Robin Lynn Smith.  He currently stays in shape studying acting with ESPA/Primary Stages in New York City and songwriting with Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).