Toussaint Jeanlouis

What I Create is: Where, When, and How I Live.

Actor, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Boxing Instructor.

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"I yank down my shorts and shit." When it hits you 'AFTERWARD'

There are many questions I'm asking myself now. But something I've learned is, sometimes, no matter how hard it is, the best you can do is just listen. Most times there isn't a hero; there are loved ones. Let them know you love them.

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DevisingHub with Ping Chong + Co

Tonight is the first night of a five week workshop with Ping Chong + Company and Associate Artist Ryan Conarro. I will be among ten creators - interdisciplinary artists, who are all devising new works as individuals and/or groups. I've already gotten the readings for the first day and it's like I'm back in grad school which is exciting!!! 

My Project:  

HOME B.A.S.E.

"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." - Martin Luther King Jr.  Art and creation is the network of mutuality that saved my life, helping me realize who I am and what I can be while living in a world that would tell me what it thinks I should be. I am a Creator. I build skills and create situations to help others create. What I Create comes from the essential realization and acknowledgment of How, When, and Where I Live. Working with Casita Maria's Bronx community I would implement a series of generative community workshops built from my creative model of HOME B.A.S.E. combining Acting Training, Martial Arts, Dance, Writing, Visual Arts, and Music to Build Artists through Somatic Education. Through this series of workshops I would guide participants in exploring the rich theme of COTTON, this elemental and earthy thread that builds the garments that bind us. "How do you want to dye/die?  What is the history of this fabric, this essential crop that unites and yet divides us? What legacy do you want to leave behind on this thread of existence?” It is our duty to shape, stretch, color, and fashion our world. Through an exploration of COTTON, I hope to indirectly examine the racial, social, economic, sexual fibers of our contemporary lives, working with the community to arrive to build a stronger fabric of creative sustainability.

JITTERBUG - A New Play!

JITTERBUG written by Emma Stanton and directed by Marina McClure. November 4, 2015 @ 7:30 in Dixon Place.  

JITTERBUG written by Emma Stanton and directed by Marina McClure. November 4, 2015 @ 7:30 in Dixon Place.  

I am so happy to be a member of this cast and work on this brilliant work! I get to dance on rollerblades - maybe.

I have been asking questions non-stop!  Call it character work, but I think it's Me work! - which is great that a work can make you ask so many relevant questions!

When I begin working on a new project and it's in alignment with every thought, insecurity, and feeling I say "Thank you. Thank you for understanding we all have questions without answers. Thank you for letting me see my own potential. Thank you for letting me do the work necessary to be a better Human Being. Thank you for helping me to understand so that I may communicate in and navigate throughout this world. Thank you."

Remembering: The Butterfly Effect

What is mundane and repetitive is the lack of patience. To stop and say hello. To make eye contact. To hold one another just a little bit longer. 

With all the chaos, wouldn't that be nice? To be able to speak freely. To love. To enjoy life and not be caught up by the looming fear constantly shoved in our ears and eyes while awake and asleep.

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How Do You Navigate the World?

I often wonder how you navigate the world with all the chaos going on at the moment and find peace and stillness on stage. There is a longing for escapism, but you only escape to be in another "real world." Some days it can be too much and I don't know how exactly I get through the nights.

I have to say there are some outlets like the gym, making dinner for friends, or calling a relative far away. But once again you return to your own world and can feel everything that is happening off stage within you. 

What is your version of a perfect world?

Sometimes you have to take a #Risk.

There are so many things I want to say, but the main thing is: I'm thankful for the experiences I've had and the people I've met and been inspired by. 

The hardest lesson I've learned is to not take everything, especially yourself, too seriously. Still a lesson being learned and practiced. Let go. It's not going to be perfect. Put the effort and dedication in, and stay open to what comes back. Know it's okay to let go.

A Change Gonna Come - My Cover