Toto Kisaku is an award-winning Congolese playwright, actor, director, and theater 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 producing and participating in plays. Toto arrived in the United States in late 2015 seeking political asylum, which he was granted in March 2018.
Since his arrival in the U.S., 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 endure. In his work, Toto transcends the constraints of daily life and examines 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, his first play to be performed in English, premiered at the 2018 International Festival of Arts & Ideas Artist with three sold-out performances.. His most recent play, 7 Dialogues (2021), was performed at Yale School of Architecture by Sydney Lemmon and Toto Kisaku as part of the Garden Pleasure project. Toto is currently writing a new play entitled Six Feet Under the Loser.
Schell Center for International Human Rights