Mental Health Monday Disabilities and the Arts

Join us for this month’s Virtual Mental Health Monday featuring the arts and disabilities on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 6pm CT // 7pm ET. Guest speakers, Alie B. Gorrie, Dewitt Burgess and Melanie Rivera Waldman will share their experiences and provide attendees with more insight into the benefits of incorporating the arts in the lives of those with disabilities.

ABOUT ALIE B. // Alie B. Gorrie is an actor, advocate, and disability inclusion consultant who just moved back to Birmingham after five years in New York City.  She has performed on tour, off-Broadway and in regional theatre.  Alie B. Is the creator of ABLE a series, a documentary series discussing disability inclusion in TV, film, and theatre.  She is the founder of Songs for Sight, an organization that provides low accessible technology and support for children and teens with low vision across Alabama.  For more

ABOUT DEWITT // Raised in the Bronx, NY, Dewitt Burgess, who is an actor, self advocate and a member of the leadership committee in Co/lab, participated in Opening Act Theater Group, performed at Stella Alder’s production of Julius Caesar and the Pit theater at 2008 and 2009 respectively. Joined Co/lab at 2012 for one day but considered full-time since 2013. Burgess has been in multiple productions with Co/lab Theater, namely as Harold in “Dear Diary”(2015), played William “Will” in “Camp Co/lab Musical” (2016), Gaston in “My way or the Subway” (2017), and the roles of Donald in “The Best in the World”  and Navigator in “All Aboard” in 2018. Most recently, Burgess played Captain Jack Blowfish in “Hidden Pirate: Pirate Musical” (2019) and Sunny in the virtual production, “Let’s Go.”

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