Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Toto Kisaku

Toto Kisaku, is an award-winning Congolese playwright, actor, director and producer who studied drama at the National Institute of Arts in Kinshasa. After establishing the K-Mu Theater in 2003, he spent the next 15 years traveling the world to produce and participate in plays. Toto arrived in the United States in late 2015 seeking political asylum, which he was granted in March 2018. Since his arrival, Toto has spent his time learning and redefining his artistic expression based on the tension that both his country of origin and the country which has welcomed him are enduring. In his work, Toto focuses on transcending the constraints of daily life and examining how people living in poverty or under oppressive regimes can recreate their environments and improve their lives through artistic activities. Toto’s pieces invite both spectator and actor to find ways to go beyond the walls of both the performance and living space.  

Toto’s piece Requiem For An Electric Chair premiered at the 2018 Festival with three sold-out performances and is his first play to be performed in English. Toto was the recipient of the 2010 "Freedom to Create Prize,” presented in Cairo, Egypt. He was also the recipient of the 2018 Rebecca Blunk Fund award, granted by the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Requiem for an Electric Chair will be touring in April 2020 In Portland - Maine at The Portland Ovation  

Additional Links: 
"Does the acquisition of an identity change our being? Does looking for and discovering our identity strengthen or weaken our capacity for personal and community development?"

I Have Worked With

  • February 2019

    Led Workshop "Le Petit Studio" a workshop space for dramatic readings by and for children and adolescents, with optional participation by adults, including teachers, parents, and grandparents!  

  • July 2018

    Programing the reading version of "Requiem for an Electric Chair", Talk and a workshop with Hight school Fellow students.

  • July 2018

    Led a afterschool program workshop "Le Petit Studio" with Preteens 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Toto
Job Title/Position: 
Theater Maker
Mailing Address: 
195 Church Street
12th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
Physical Address: 
New Haven, CT 06511
Last Name: 
Kisaku
Phone: 
203-808-8759

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - Children's
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Storytelling
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
French
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Professional Network Gatherings / Events
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
300
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
Rebecca Blunk Fund (2018)
Freedom to Create Award (2010)
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Performances and workshops can be developed to meet the audience members' and participants' needs, upon request.

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Vary based on performance or workshop
Portland Ovations, Portland Maine
Fee Range Minimum: 
$7,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$15,000
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
1

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Theater
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$900
Fee Range Maximum: 
$2,000