Projects

An Exhilarating History Lesson!
Join storytellers and actors, Mitch Capel and Sonny Kelly, for The Color of Courage, as they bring to life the gut-wrenching, untold stories of the African American soldiers who literally fought for freedom during the Civil War.  Mitch Capel and Sonny Kelly embody these soldiers through drama, song, poetry and a multi-media production that will thrill, empower, educate and elevate! This performance connects the battles from over 150 years ago to the battles facing our community today. Sponsored by the FTCC Foundation, Inc.
 
Mark your calendars for the upcoming productions of THE COLOR OF COURAGE on:
- November 5th, 2017 Foo Foo Festival in Pensacola, FL 
- January 15th, 2018 at St. Andrews University MLK Day Celebration at 6pm
 
 
CLICK HERE FOR A SHOW FLYER

The Talk 

by Sonny Kelly

The Talk 

by Sonny Kelly

Building Bridges with a Father's Love!
The Talk is a one-man performance that draws on the voices of ancestors, elders, youths, and intellectuals to engage in the difficult conversations that we must have with our children as we prepare them to survive and thrive in a polarized America. 
CLICK HERE FOR A FULL SHOW DESCRIPTION & MEDIA KIT
CLICK HERE FOR THE TALK WEB SITE!

Artists in Schools Matching Grant Program

Artists in Schools Matching Grant Program

Artists in Schools Matching Grant Program

Professor READY at a School Near You!
Sonny Kelly (AKA “Professor READY”) is a master of storytelling, Shakespeare, theater arts, poetry and spoken word. He captures the attention and imaginations of audiences of all ages with the power of words. Whether he is speaking English or Spanish, this artist knows how to use humor, energy, drama and intellect to engage all crowds, both large and small. If you want to inspire your students/youth to reach for more in life, motivate them to strive for excellence in that they do, and engage them with dramatic arts, oratory and literacy, then Professor READY is the artist for the job. 
- Performing at Bill Hefner Elementary School, Fayetteville, NC, February 2, 2018
- Performing for Cumberland County Schools Middle School Students, March 15, 2018

My Life Matters

Participatory Action Research

Researcher and Artist in Residence
In collaboration with Fayetteville Urban Ministry's Find-A-Friend program (https://www.fayurbmin.org/find-a-friend), I worked with Shauna Hopkins, FAF Coordinator, to launch the My Life Matters project in June, 2016.  Each summer, I conduct self-expression workshops with kids ages 8 to 18, and we close out the summer with a public performance of their poetry, rap, storytelling, song, dance, photography, and other forms of creative expression.  The goal is to help these young people to find their voices, and to empower them to use their voices, expressing their lived experience.  In this way, the kids become the experts in a process that improves their self-concept, sense of self-efficacy and social engagement.  This project informs my dissertation - Pipelines to Pathways, Empowering Marginalized Youths of Color Through Embodied Performance

Hope's Light

A Gospel Theater Experience!
This full-length gospel theater experience was written and directed by Sonny Kelly.  Full of comedy, tragedy, drama and a reckless optimism, this one hour, 45 minute piece is sure to inspire and connect audiences to God's hope in their lives.

 

The CrossOver

Radio Host
Sonny created and co-hosted this vibrant and culturally relevant weekly radio show on WIDU Radio in Fayetteville, NC.  The CrossOver explores the Christian man's perspective on what it means to be a real person living a real life and keeping the cross over it all!

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