Residency at Earlham College

Event Details

Everything is Connected

12074881_10153562282745873_2787010838540263492_nPeterson heads to Earlham College for a residency in which he will connect with students, staff, and faculty in small and large group events. The visit will also include a public performance and convocation address.

Looking at the intersections of LGBTQ issues, faith, justice, and climate change, Peterson’s storytelling and facilitation helps bring people together to unearth shared values and concerns.

Having straddled multiple worlds that have not always complimented each other, Peterson refocuses the conversation to the people behind the politics. As a character actor, he seamlessly transforms before your eyes, using comedy to take on serious issues.

Hear Peterson LIVE Sunday January 15, 2017 at 7 PM EST on WECI 91.5 FM Leave it to Cleaver program.


Convocation: Peterson Toscano

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Goddard Auditorium

Through his one-person comedies and lively lectures, Quaker performance artist and scholar Peterson Toscano delights audiences throughout North America, Europe and Africa as he takes on social justice concerns. His plays and talks humorously explore the serious topics of LGBTQ issues, sexism, racism, privilege, gender and climate change. Toscano is a recognized scholar who highlights gender variance in the Bible.

Free admission, no ticket required.

Additional Details:

Sponsor: Co-sponsored by the Newlin Quaker Center

Event Contact: Lynn Knight, Director of Events and Operations

Contact E-mail:

Contact Phone: 765-983-1373

Conversations that entertain and enlighten 

Peterson Toscano led a transformative lunch-time discussion exploring the intersection between race, justice, and climate change, focusing on environmental racism in disaster relief efforts. From beginning to end, Peterson made Bates students feel welcomed, supported, and hopeful - a task nearly impossible when discussing the climate crisis. Peterson Toscano, a true beam of light, touched hearts and minds as he equipped Bates students with the rhetorical tactics and perspective necessary to create a more equitable world, and for that we are so thankful!

Zsofia Duarte
, Bates College Student, Environmental Politics major



Who is Peterson Toscano?

everything-is-connected-posterPeterson Toscano is a performance artist, activist and comic storyteller. Although he performs throughout North America and Europe, he actually lives in Sunbury, PA. Toscano presents original one-person comedies that explore gender, sexuality, faith, and climate change. He describes himself as a quirky, queer, Quaker. 

His own personal story is bizarre. At first he struggled to accept himself seeing a conflict between his Christian faith and his gay orientation. After 17 years and over $30,000 trying to “de-gay” himself, he came to his senses and came out gay. He created the one-person play, Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, helped produce the award winning documentary film, This is What Love in Action Looks Like, and contributed to the Lambda Award winning anthology, Gender Outlaws–The Next Generation.

As someone concerned with human rights, for the past two years Toscano has taken on climate change as his primary focus as he considers LGBTQ, faith, and comic responses to the climate crisis. His does not dole out the typical gloom and doom, shame and guilt global warming messages. Instead he infuses his work with hope. He challenges audiences to pursue community building as he helps them connect climate change to everything from immigration to a cup of coffee. He is the creator of Climate Stew and the host of Citizens Climate Radio.


Peterson Toscano is a tremendous asset in the college classroom. His insight, humor, compassion, and breadth of perspective enlivened my students and encouraged them to feel hopeful even in this time of climate change. His mixture of vulnerability and comedy enabled those of us in his audience to access our own authentic feelings about the predicaments of the 21st century. Peterson brings extensive knowledge, extraordinary people skills, dramatic talent, and poignant characters to his presentations. I highly recommend him as a guest teacher and speaker on college campuses anywhere.

Chara Armon, Ph.D.
, Assistant Professor, Lawrence C. Gallen Teaching Faculty Augustine & Culture Seminar Program Villanova University




From three days up to threes weeks Peterson has been invited for residencies at universities including Haverford College, University of Puget Sound, Virginia Theological Seminary, Warren Wilson College, and Cambridge University. He teaches classes in religion, theology, gender studies, environmental science, and social sciences as well as meets with campus groups. While on campus Peterson presents public performances that bring in a diversity of students and faculty as well as community members off-campus.


Peterson Toscano made a huge impact at the University of Toronto at our trans-faith series. Months after the event people are still talking about it!

Ralph Carl Wushke
, Chaplain, University of Toronto


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