"Le Petit Studio"

Toto Kisaku's Theater Workshop for Kids

Sunday, September 24th, 2017, 2-4pm

What: "Le Petit Studio" is a workshop space for dramatic readings by and for children (ages 8-12), with some participation by brave adults! 

Why: Creativity is exciting. It's exhilarating. And creating with other people brings them into our lives in a way that is empowering – the opposite of violence, which keeps others on the outside. Creating safe spaces for young people to be creators of their own lives and experiences is vital to developing the neighborhoods, the communities, the cities we dream of.

How: Imagine in 2 hours that 20 young people can recreate an entire world on stage. Imagine that they take responsibility for making artistic decisions to realize their vision and make their story come alive. First, the children choose a book or story to dramatize. The book is chosen at random from a pile of possibilities. Participants are invited to bring a favorite book to add. Next, the children decide who will play each character, who will make sounds that will create the environment, and who will design the costumes and the set. Then the activity begins! For 1 marvelous hour, the young people cut, sew, paint, staple, and draw; they sing, whistle, blow, snap, stomp, and make unearthly sounds to recreate the world they’re creating; they practice voices for characters, look up how to pronounce unfamiliar words, try out various postures that fit their characters, and dig deeply into their characters—how they feel about themselves, how they feel about the other characters. The workshop concludes with a performance from beginning to end.

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: www.kmutheater.net.



Sunday, May 7th, 2017 @ Kehler Liddell Gallery

Westville artist Gar Waterman shared spectacular images of beetles, (to the ooo's and ahh's of a full house of all ages!), as well as a sneak-peak to his exhibition, Beauty and the Beetle, that debuted at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, pairing his "bricolage" sculptures (a construction fashioned of whatever materials come to hand), with the Peabody's beetle collections. After the presentation, participants had an opportunity to take a close look at Gar's sculptures, as well as some of the Peabody's collection, and sculpt a scarab using clay and other materials.