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Dr. Sonny Kelly

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Dr. Sonny Kelly is a master of storytelling, acting, Shakespeare, theater arts, poetry, spoken word, group facilitation, interpersonal communication, performance studies, training and teaching.  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.


With over 20 years of experience as a professional actor, over a decade of youth work, and a Doctorate Degree in Communication Studies, this artist knows the smart way to tap into the minds of students and workers of all ages. He received his PhD from UNC Chapel Hill, his Master's from St. Mary's University, and his Bachelor's from Stanford University. 

As a scholar, Sonny's focus is in Communication Studies, Interpersonal Communication, Performance Studies, and Critical Pedagogy. 

He is currently a full-time instructor of Communication at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC


He has taught: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Performance Studies, Performing Literature, Performing Culture, as well as Success & Study Skills


He has been a Teaching Assistant for: Intro to Interpersonal & Organizational Communication, Intro to Performance, Intro to Media Production, Performing African American History, Organizational Communication, and Business Communication.

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