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Alliance of the Arts to present next CHANGE Program

September 7, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Alliance for the Arts is offering its next acting class for adult minorities. The CHANGE Program (Commu-nities Harnessing the Arts to Nurture and Grow Equity) engages aspiring minority actors in theatre education, provides performance opportunities and a platform to convene dialogue on social issues that challenge our community through creative, artistic expression. Through the course, students explore the fundamentals of acting, character development and scene work.

The class runs Saturdays, Sept. 22 through Nov. 10, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Alliance at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919.

The cost is $25. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online at or by calling 239-939-2787.

This project is supported by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

About the instructors

Derek Lively has appeared in productions ranging from Shakespeare to Eugene O'Neill and has worked in regional theaters and Off-Broadway, including The Public Theater and LaMama E.T.C. His solo show, "Welcome To My Soul," which he wrote and performed, led to a first-look development deal with NBC (Universal). He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Asso-ciation and SAG-AFTRA.

Sonya McCarter is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Alliance for the Arts as well as a director and actress. Her heart's passion is to help facilitate engaging, compelling and meaningful theatre in Fort Myers that features strong African-American characters and stories. She has appeared in television ("Burn Notice"), film ("The Florida Project") and theatre. Her directing credits include: "The Bluest Eye," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Seven Guitars" and "Raisin in the Sun." She holds two master's degrees in oral interpretation of speech and theatre arts.

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community visual and performing arts center located in the heart of Fort Myers. Since 1975, the Alliance has been committed to transforming lives and improving community through the arts.

The Alliance campus and galleries, which are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, are located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

For additional information, call 239-939-2787, please visit us at, find us on Facebook (, Instagram (@AlliancefortheArts) or follow us on Twitter (@ArtInLee).



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