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"Le Petit Studio ... for Adults!" Workshop w/ Toto Kisaku

Kids don't get to have all the fun! Join acclaimed Actor, Playwright, & Director Toto Kisaku ( for a fun evening of art, music, and acting. Let loose of your inhibitions, and allow yourself to be silly. We will work together to create a play in under 2 hours! The evening will conclude with a brief presentation by Toto about his work and journey, followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments served. 

Photo by Ian Douglas

Photo by Ian Douglas

ABOUT "Le Petit Studio" with Toto Kisaku

What: "Le Petit Studio" is a workshop space for dramatic readings

Why: Creativity is exciting. It's exhilarating. And creating safe spaces to be creators is vital to developing the neighborhoods, the communities, the cities we dream of.

How: Imagine in 2 hours we will work together to recreate an entire world on stage. 

First, we will choose a book or story to dramatize. The book is chosen at random. Participants are invited to bring a favorite book to add! Next, we decide who will play each character, who will make sounds and music that will create the environment, and who will design the costumes and scenery. And so the evening begins! The workshop concludes with a performance of the play created in under 2 hours.

About Toto Kisaku: Toto Kisaku is a Playwright / Actor / Director / Producer originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has led over 40 such workshops for schools, non-profits and governments worldwide. He studied Drama in the National Institute of Arts in Kinshasa (INA) and since 2002 has traveled the world producing and participating in plays. He developed his expertise through workshops and participations in artistic residencies. As a refugee since December 2015, he is redefining his artistic expression based on the drama that his country of origin is experiencing as well as the country which has welcomed him with so many surprises from a humanitarian perspective as well as a perspective of identity. For more information, please visit:

This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative ( and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Earlier Event: April 8
Printmaking Workshop w/ Tom Edwards
Later Event: April 15
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