exceptional experiences

introducing NiNA LESIGA

Exceptional experiences are transforming.
I'm an artist, a professional storyteller and a ukulelist. My passion is creating immersive experiences.

Four years ago I stepped out of a thirty year career as a chemist into a new career as an experience designer and performer. I'm a co-organizer of PechaKucha 20x20 in Bridgeport CT, a visual storytelling event.

Website header photo by The Confetti Project.Headshot by Pamela Einarsen Photography

Upcoming Engagements

Beginning early 2019 Beginner Ukulele at Sterling House Community Center After School Program, Stratford, 6 weeksnStratford, CT (fee)

Jan 25, 2019 12:00 - 1:30 PM Ukulele as a Musical Adventure - Osher Program at UConn Waterbury, Waterbury, CT ($5) Pre-register

Beginning Jan 31, 2019 - Adult Beginner Ukulele 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (6 weeks) Wooster Middle School. Stratford, CT (fee" Stratford Continuing Adult Education

Feb 1, 2018 10:10 - 11:50 AM Ukulele as a Musical Adventure Lifelong Learner (LLI )Program at Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT free

Feb 19, 2019 1:00 PM Ukulele for Everyone - Lifelong Learners Series - Stratford CT Public Library and Baldwin Senior Center, Stratford, CT.

Mar 7, 2019 6:30 PM "Solo Travel Bootcamp" Beacon Falls Public Library, Beacon Falls, CT

Beginning Mar 14 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM Advanced Beginner Adult Ukulele in Wooster Middle School, Stratford Adult Continuing Education (fee)

Mar 21, 2019 6:00 PM "PechaKucha Night Bridgeport Volume 4, Bridgeport, CT, venue TBD

March 30, 2019, Northeast Storytelling workshop 'The Power of PechaKucha" co-presented with Bill Derry

March 30, 2019 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM North East Storytelling Sharing the Fire Olio Concert, Plymouth, Mass (fee).

Fall 2019 - OLLI Cafe - "Untold Stories"- Lend Me Your Ear" UConn Waterbury Campus


"Nina's energy and high spirit were exciting and entertaining.  Great ukulele teacher" - Student LLI at Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT

"You were so much fun and such a vibrant spirit!" - Ryan Kristafer, host CT Style TV program

"Delightful, unexpected presentation straight from the heart" - Stamford Positive Living Forum member.

"Nina's storytelling class is outstanding" - Workshop participant, Fairfield County Adult Continuing Education

Proudest Accomplishment

Reinvention from Chemist to Artist/Performing Artist

Experience Highlights

  • Speaker, Workshop Facilitor, Storyteller and Community Music Leader
    making uncommon adventures  common
  • Global Communications Manager/Operations Manager
    fortune global 500 company
  • Designer of Exceptional Experiences
    Making uncommon adventure common


  • Performance/Engagements
    stage, radio, TV, conferences  relating to         empowerment -travel- reinvention - happiness

my travel roadmap

  • 5
    continents - Australia & antartica still a dream
  • 55
  • 250
    cities and towns


  • Coaching
  • KEYNOTE  Speaking
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • writer/blogger

Questions & Answers

Where have you presented?
Solo Travel 101/Solo Travel Bootcamp/Self Discovery through Travel/Homestays - Stratford, Bronxville, New Canaan, Bangor, Mamaroneck, Fairfield, New Haven, Wallingford, Southington, Coventry, Madison. Hamden, Trumbull, Stamford, Cheshire, Middletown
Art of DayCations - Stratford, New Haven, New Canaan, Milford, Trumbull, Bronxville, Wallingford, North Branford, Cos Cob, East Haven, Simsbury, Fairfield, Westport, Hamden, Waterbury, Larchment, Easton, Manchester
Happiness during Transition
- Hartford, Madison, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Old Lyme
Storyteller - Hartford's The MOuTH-
off Story City Troupe, First Night Hartford, SpeakUp, Story Barn, Granite State Story Slam, White Mountain Storytelling Festival, PechaKucha in New Haven, Westport, Bangor, & Bridgeport, Stratford CT Storytelling Adventure, Juneteenth at Hempsted House, Rebirth Arts Festival Listen Y'All, Tellabration, CT, Adult Education Programs in Stratford, CT and Fairfield CT, "We Rise Storytelling Collective", Story Space, Yale Univ Tell Tale, Cornelia Street Cafe Story Exchange..
Ukulele Workshops and Seminars
Norwalk Lifelong Learner Institute at Norwalk Community College (CT), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCONN, Waterbury, Sterling House Community Center, Stratford Continuing Adult Education Education in Stratford, CT,
TV Interview Shows - "Art Here and Now" aired live Feb 17, 2016 Channel 25 Atlantic Broadband;"
Ageless TV" - Cablevision Channel 88, Norwalk CT are d Oct 9, 12, 16, 19, 2015,
"CT Style" Uncommon Daycations aired on Mar 31, 2016 on WTNH Channel 8.
Ukulele Adventure/Ukulele for Everyone - Stratford CT Adult Continuing Education, Sterling House Community Center (Stratford, CT), Osher Lifelong Learning at UCONN Waterbury, Lifelong Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College (Norwalk, CT)

Radio Shows
WPKN 89.5 FM "State of the Arts" , Bridgeport, CT
WVOF Fairfield 88.5 "Lady Beth's Unity Groove", Fairfield, CT

Featured in the June 2016 issue of Connecticut Magazine.
Member of "Northeast Storytelling" (Member of the "Story City Troupe" and the "Hempsted Storytellers"
Co-organizer PechaKucha-Bridgeport

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I was on a cruise which stopped for the day on Antigua.  In my beach bag, I tossed a new blouse from my closet which had the tags still attached.  I brought it on the cruise because of its packability, it was sleeveless and it was stylish and a quality...


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