Deborah Bostock-Kelley

Deborah Bostock-Kelley

A twice-published author, multi-time award-winning playwright, magazine writer, theatre reviewer, and newspaper journalist with 30+ years in journalism and business copywriting, Deb is not one to shy away from controversial storylines. She was a 2022 Recipient of the Gobioff Foundation Grant, a 2019 Recipient of the inaugural Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Denise Deneen award for her work in theatre, and a 2017 Recipient of Theatre Tampa Bay's Jeff Norton Dream Grant. With the grants, she produced and directed her original production, "Breast Advice," in the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival; she produced and directed (with another educator) their school shooting play, "A Necessary Conversation," at Straz's TECO Theatre with a talkback with leaders in the community with ticket sales donated to Moms Demand Action, Tampa. A Necessary Conversation won Broadway World Tampa's 2018 BEST ACTOR and BEST ACTRESS Awards. In 2020, the play was nominated for BEST ORIGINAL SCRIPT OF THE DECADE. An expanded version of this bullying, mental health, and gun violence drama was showcased during the 2021 Voices of Truth Theatre Festival at Powerstories Theatre, winning CRITIC'S CHOICE and Regional Broadway World's 2022 BEST PERFORMER and BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMER IN A STREAMING PLAY.

In the summer of 2019, she reached out to social media for true stories about breasts, from shape and appreciation to size and cancer. In December, she wrote "Breast Advice," a show that workshopped to a standing-room-only audience in Powerstories Theatre and was called "The Vagina Monologues for boobs." A portion of ticket sales was donated to The Affirmations Project, which works with survivors of breast cancer and domestic abuse. The production was accepted into the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival in September 2022 and won Regional Broadway World's 2022 Runner-Up for BEST NEW PLAY OR MUSICAL.

In May 2023, a series of her plays debuted in her sold-out, standing-room-only playwright showcase weekend at Safety Harbor Art and Music Center called Tapestry: A Weekend of Socially-Conscious Storytelling. This featured "Breast Advice" and a full-length new version of her school shooting survivor's play "#NotOneMore." It was a finalist for Creative Loafing's BEST PLAYWRIGHT and a multi-nominee for Broadway World Awards: BEST ENSEMBLE: Breast Advice and #NotOneMore, BEST NEW PLAY OR MUSICAL: # NotOneMore, BEST PLAY: Breast Advice, # NotOneMore, BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Me, # NotOneMore, BEST PERFORMER IN A PLAY: #NotOneMore, BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMER IN A PLAY: #NotOneMore.

In September 2023, her one-act LoveYouMore, about the bullying of a transgender girl, was accepted and performed at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival.

In 2024, #NotOneMore was accepted and will be part of the June 2024 Tampa International Fringe Festival.
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Relying solely on word-of-mouth client testimonials, since 2005, Deb has successfully operated the WriteOne Creative Services, a PR, copywriting, graphic, and web design business that offers a larger agency's talent and design/print capabilities without the overhead expense.

Life Amplified, a variety showcase for grassroots charities and the philanthropic side of Deb's writing and design company, celebrates its 10th year in 2024. Deb and Life Amplified have been honored by Bay News 9 Everyday Hero in February 2016 and Fox13 Hometown Heroes in May 2014. With 100% venue donation and talented volunteer performers, Life Amplified has helped fundraise and raise awareness about human trafficking, PSTD, military sexual trauma, bullying, sexual violence prevention, and LGBTQ issues. It has been on hiatus since the pandemic, but is back on September  28, 2024, with an affirming musical spectacular prom aptly called Life Amplified SPECTACULAR at Carrollwood Cultural Center's The Studio, benefitting PFLAG Safety Harbor. www.lifeamplifiedshowcase.com

Like so many she knows, she is an invisible illness warrior. Deb lives her busy life to show others that you can thrive and not have to be your diagnosis.




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Our Town

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Come From Away

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Previews: SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL at Carrollwood Cultural Center
Previews: SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL at Carrollwood Cultural Center
July 20, 2024

'We held auditions at the Center, and I was so nervous we wouldn't get anyone to come out. We had an amazing turnout! Between the open auditions and video submissions, we had 150 people try out. Casting just came to us. And this cast is solid and perfect for their roles,' said director Andi Garner.

Previews: THIRD TIME'S A CHARM: A NIGHT OF ONE ACTS BY KENNEDY ENGASSER at The Studio@620
Previews: THIRD TIME'S A CHARM: A NIGHT OF ONE ACTS BY KENNEDY ENGASSER at The Studio@620
July 20, 2024

Starring Analisa Martin, Sofie Acosta, Lily Oquendo, Rey Chavez, Jake Despenas, Tyson Branstetter, Natalie Bornstein, and Jinx Lopes, the show consists of four distinct plays, each with its unique flavor.

Previews: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at New Tampa Performing Arts Center
Previews: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at New Tampa Performing Arts Center
July 9, 2024

Adapted by Broadway icons Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the show recreates each iconic scene, music, and dance from the original screenplay.

Previews: Patel Conservatory's THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at Straz Center
Previews: Patel Conservatory's THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at Straz Center
June 18, 2024

Michelle Petrucci reveals that this production boasts unique twists, such as a professional team of designers collaborating to bring the vision to life and introducing the Pro Technical Theater Track program. This initiative lets students learn directly from professional designers and technicians, offering invaluable hands-on experience during tech week and performances.

Previews: URINETOWN at MAD Theatre Of Tampa
Previews: URINETOWN at MAD Theatre Of Tampa
June 11, 2024

In today's politically charged climate, URINETOWN mirrors society's extremes. Director Cory Boyas encourages his young performers to delve into the material's political themes, reflecting, 'We are a divided country... so how can we not engage with it?' He sees the musical as representing the ideological spectrum, where 'Urinetown parallels this dynamic quite nicely.'

Previews: FALSETTOS at Stageworks Theatre
Previews: FALSETTOS at Stageworks Theatre
June 6, 2024

On stage, June 6-23, Stageworks Theatre presents the musical 'Falsettos.'  This production promises to be a poignant and humorous exploration of modern family dynamics set against the backdrop of the early days of the AIDS crisis.

Review: TampaRep's NEXT TO NORMAL is a Theatrical Triumph at USF Theatre
Review: TampaRep's NEXT TO NORMAL is a Theatrical Triumph at USF Theatre
June 3, 2024

TampaRep's NEXT TO NORMAL was, in one word, perfection. Expertly directed by Emilia Sargent, it was a theatrical triumph. The proof was that I could look across the stage and see patrons wiping their eyes and hear the quiet sniffling behind me. The intimate performance on Saturday night was a masterful blend of raw emotion, superb acting, and technical brilliance, leaving us spellbound.

Review: CLUE at Straz Center
Review: CLUE at Straz Center
May 30, 2024

CLUE is a comedic gem, a rollercoaster of hilarity, thanks to these brilliant actors. The witty dialogue, slapstick moments, and unexpected twists keep the audience in stitches. Whether it's a candlestick wielded in the library or a secret passage revealed, the humor and pace is relentless. critic think of CLUE at Straz Center?

Previews: IRENA'S VOW at Powerstories Theatre
Previews: IRENA'S VOW at Powerstories Theatre
May 29, 2024

Director Clareann Despain says, 'Irena's story reminds us that, in difficult times, we cannot let our fear overwhelm our humanity. Beginning with the courage and determination of a 17-year-old Polish girl, this play shows the power of one person deciding to aid the persecuted despite personal risks.'

Previews: RHYTHM IS at Straz Center
Previews: RHYTHM IS at Straz Center
May 28, 2024

The show features 22 tap dancers, five band members, and a host, with an age range of performers from 7 to 28 and a collaboration with NIGHTBREAKERS, a band director Ashlyn Bolton has known for a decade, adds a layer of authenticity to the performance.

Previews: NEXT TO NORMAL at TampaRep
Previews: NEXT TO NORMAL at TampaRep
May 22, 2024

Alexis Carra's Diana battles with bipolar disorder and the effects of her illness on her husband Dan, portrayed by Jim Sorensen, and their daughter Natalie, played by Mariela Zeno, bring to light the complexities of mental health and the challenges it poses to familial relationships. The cast also includes Nicholas Perez-Hoop as Dr. Madden, Ben Sutherland as Gabe, and Max Dalton as Henry, all contributing to the powerful story.

Previews: BIPOC PLAY-READING SERIES: IZZIE M: THE ALCHEMY OF ENFREAKMENT at Straz Center
Previews: BIPOC PLAY-READING SERIES: IZZIE M: THE ALCHEMY OF ENFREAKMENT at Straz Center
May 16, 2024

Performed by Monique Mojica and Barry Bilinsky, 'Izzie M: The Alchemy of Enfreakment' tells the story of a not-too-distant past when 'Indians' were considered freaks and exotics. Set during the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, 'Izzie M' reveals how sacred things in Indigenous societies became profaned for entertainment and profit.

Previews: The Broadway Star of The Future Awards Showcase at Straz Center
Previews: The Broadway Star of The Future Awards Showcase at Straz Center
May 15, 2024

Fashioned after the Tony Awards,® The Broadway Star of the Future Awards Showcase is the Tampa Bay area's regional awards program affiliated with the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) or the Jimmy® Awards.

Previews: CLUE at Straz Center
Previews: CLUE at Straz Center
May 15, 2024

Professor Plum (Jonathan Spivey) says, 'This is a great show for younger people because they get to watch full-grown adults be totally stupid and make idiots of themselves. The show demonstrates that it is okay not to take yourself seriously. It's okay to make a fool of yourself sometimes.'

Review: SWEENEY TODD at Eight O'Clock Theatre
Review: SWEENEY TODD at Eight O'Clock Theatre
May 12, 2024

If there were a single word to describe my reaction to the powerhouse group of talented individuals in this community theatre, it would be gobsmacked. Each performer brought a unique vibrancy to their role, creating a gorgeous and haunting ensemble in its collective voice.D at Eight O'Clock Theatre?

Previews: SWEENEY TODD at Eight O'Clock Theatre
Previews: SWEENEY TODD at Eight O'Clock Theatre
April 26, 2024

In SWEENEY TODD, the dark tale takes shape in the atmospheric streets of 19th-century London. A wronged barber banished unfairly returns to exact retribution upon the corrupt judge who ruined his life and defiled his beloved wife. His quest for vengeance intertwines with the cunning Mrs. Lovett, the clever owner of a struggling pie shop. Collaborating, they delve into a macabre enterprise where the citizens of London queue not only for a haircut but also for something far more sinister.

Previews: PETER PAN at Straz Center
Previews: PETER PAN at Straz Center
April 26, 2024

With happy thoughts and pixie dust, Peter Pan and his fairy sidekick Tinker Bell visit the nursery of the Darling children and take them on a magical adventure to Neverland. Whether young or young at heart, this new musical adaption will bring all the excitement of the original with iconic songs like 'I'm Flying,' 'I Gotta Crow,' 'I Won't Grow Up,' and 'Neverland.'

Previews: THE VETERAN CIVILIAN ARTS ENSEMBLE at Straz' TECO Theatre
Previews: THE VETERAN CIVILIAN ARTS ENSEMBLE at Straz' TECO Theatre
April 26, 2024

With an original score by Fred Johnson, Straz's Community Engagement Specialist, the show features 10 veterans and six civilians – several are USF dance students. The topics of the productions are items the veterans and civilians have discussed. The production features musicians, dancers, actors, singers, and a photographer sharing artwork.

Previews: #NOTONEMORE at Tampa International Fringe Festival
Previews: #NOTONEMORE at Tampa International Fringe Festival
April 23, 2024

#NotOneMore is a two-act play that delves into the turbulent aftermath of a school shooting, addressing themes of high school bullying, mental health, and sexual trauma. The narrative seeks to restore a sense of normalcy in a world where such tragedies have become all too common.

Previews: MY YEAR OF SAYING NO at Squeaky Wheel Fringe Festival
Previews: MY YEAR OF SAYING NO at Squeaky Wheel Fringe Festival
April 23, 2024

Through humor, heartache, and poignant moments, the play explores vulnerability as a source of empowerment. Audiences are invited to reflect on their own lives and consider where they can reclaim agency.



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