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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 was 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 grant, she was able to produce and direct her original production with another educator, A Necessary Conversation at Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ TECO Theatre, with a talkback with leaders in the community after the two-show performance with ticket sales donated to Moms Demand Action, Tampa. A Necessary Conversation won Broadway World’s 2018 “Best Actor” and “Best Actress” Awards, winning over all community and professional theatre productions in Tampa. 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 will be showcased during The Voices of Truth Theatre Festival at Powerstories Theatre, moved to virtual due to Covid-19 virus, on March 20, 2021. In summer 2019, she reached out to the community for true stories about breasts from shape and appreciation to size and cancer. She wrote Breast Advice, a show that workshopped to a standing-room-only audience in December and was called The Vagina Monologues for boobs. A portion of ticket sales was donated to The Affirmations Project that works with breast cancer and domestic abuse survivors. After such positive feedback, she is submitting the production to the local theatre festival in 2021.

Relying solely on word-of-mouth client testimonials, since 2005 Deb has successfully operated the WriteOne Creative Services, a freelance copywriting service and a comprehensive, yet independent, woman-owned graphic and web design business that offers the talent and design/print capabilities of an agency, without the overhead expense.

Life Amplified, a variety showcase for grassroots charities and the philanthropic side of Deb’s writing and design company, is celebrating its 14th show and sixth year in 2020. Deb and Life Amplified have been honored by Bay News 9 Everyday Hero February 2016 and Fox13 Hometown Heroes 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, and bullying to sexual violence prevention, and LGBTQ issues.

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




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Visual and Performing Arts Summer Classes for Kids and Teens Announced at University Area CDC
July 19, 2021

Heading into its twenty-first year, Prodigy® Cultural Arts, a University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) year-long program, pairs children ages six to 18 with professional artist mentors in their field of interest.

BWW Previews: OUTCAST THEATRE COLLECTIVE HAS WORLD DEBUT OF DIONYSUS ON THE DOWN LOW at StageWorks Theatre
July 17, 2021

After watching a documentary series, Michael Proft was inspired to pen Dionysus on the Down Low. The play tells the story of Ugandan LGBT activist David Okello’s (played by Theron Butler) whose existence is threatened by a proposed anti-homosexuality bill. He finds shelter in Boston, MA with Matthew Teitman (played by Jonathan O'Brien), an LGBTQIA rights advocate with the ACLU.

BWW Previews: THINKTANK DEBUTS TYA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL AND GEN NEXT FESTIVAL at Stageworks Theatre
July 5, 2021

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BWW Previews: 34 PATEL CONSERVATORY STUDENTS BRING MAMMA MIA to Straz Center
June 24, 2021

Under the direction of Matthew Belopavlovich, the cast is putting on Mamma Mia! after just two weeks of rehearsing dance number choreography, blocking, dialogue, and song.

BWW Feature: R​​​​onald Spoto and Jillian Cossetta Compete for Highest Honors at The JIMMY AWARDS at Straz Center
June 18, 2021

Recent high school graduates, 19-year-old Ronald Spoto from Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland and 18-year-old Jillian Cossetta from Gulf Coast High School in Naples, will represent the Straz Center at the 2021 Jimmy Awards online due to the pandemic.

BWW Previews: Thursday Open Mic Returns To Powerstories Theatre
June 10, 2021

Led by Open Mic director, Cheryl Flowers, Powerstories will reopen its doors, closed 19 months since the pandemic, to showcase local storytellers, spoken word artists, poets, and singers of original works on July 8, 2021 at 7:30 PM.

BWW Previews: JUNETEENTH HONORED BY THE STRAZ CENTER VETERAN AND CIVILIAN DANCE ENSEMBLE at Straz Center's Riverwalk Stage
June 9, 2021

A collaboration with area veterans and civilians called the Straz Center Veteran and Civilian Dance Ensemble will debut an original spoken-word piece, “Freedom Tree,” under the artistic direction of Katurah Robinson and John Park at Straz’s Riverwalk Stage.

BWW Feature: CALL FOR WOMEN PLAYWRIGHT SUBMISSIONS FOR DEBUT OF VOICES OF WOMEN THEATRE FESTIVAL at Powerstories Theatre
June 4, 2021

In collaboration with Thrϋ-Line Theatrical Production Company, Powerstories is currently seeking submissions from female playwrights around the world of any age and level of experience. The submission deadline is July 15, 2021. Ten selected productions will be performed live in the theatre and live-streamed worldwide or produced virtually online in the Festival's debut on October 6-17, 2021.

BWW Previews: TARPON ARTS' PLAY WITH TIMELESS MESSAGE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS COMES TO Heritage Museum
June 3, 2021

Steel Magnolias is an emotional journey that combines the perfect balance of comedy that doesn't go saccharine with a heartbreaking drama. Directed by Lisa Malloy, it features Callie Gray, Morgan Courtney, Madison Claire, Bri Filippelli, Georgia Kosloski, and Leah Conway.

BWW Previews: SOLO SHOW 'EVERY BRILLIANT THING' MARKS RETURN OF TampaRep
June 1, 2021

TampaRep will present Every Brilliant Thing in an outdoor open-air setting at Ybor City Museum State Park on June 3-12. A generous grant from The Gobioff Foundation enables the theatre company to provide free tickets, though registration is required.

BWW Previews: CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH WITH DEBUT OF DANIEL'S HUSBAND at West Coast Players
May 26, 2021

Starring Mark Williams Myers, Richard Isaacs, Avery Anderson, Samantha Marti Parisi, Daniel McKay, and Daniel Lyons, Daniel's Husband is a contemporary American play about the perfect couple – Daniel and Mitchell - who happen to have polarized worldviews views on gay marriage. These conflicting views set in motion an important chain of events.

BWW Previews: AMERICAN STAGE BRINGS POP UP PERFORMANCE: UNCAGED to The Factory
May 3, 2021

To celebrate the return of in-person theatre to the community, American Stage is presenting Pop-Up! Performances: Uncaged on May 14-16 at The Factory St. Pete’s outdoor venue, an ideal backdrop for live entertainment in a safe outdoor setting.

BWW Previews: THINKTANK THEATRE DEBUTS SNOOPY THE MUSICAL at Stageworks Theatre
May 3, 2021

After a year of unexpected quiet, ThinkTank is back, debuting Snoopy the Musical with the beloved characters from the endearing “Peanuts” comic strip of Charles Schultz, May 7-16 at Stageworks.

BWW Feature: VOICES OF YOUTH THEATRE FESTIVAL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM YOUNG PEOPLE, AGES 8 TO 18 at Powerstories Theatre
April 21, 2021

Powerstories is reaching out to talented 8 to 18-year-old artists of all original plays, scenes, monologues, spoken word, songs, and dance with original music, to be performed in the theater at 2105 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, and using the latest technology, live-streamed.

BWW Previews: ALL AGES AND ABILITIES SHOWCASED IN LIGHTS, STAGE, SING CABARET! Virtually at Broadway Everyday Star Theater
March 30, 2021

Thirty-two performers of all abilities come from as close as the U.S. and Canada, and as far away as England, Ireland, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Each will get the opportunity to be showcased in a role they’ve always wanted to play, or try their hand at something new they’ve never experienced before.

BWW Previews: AVANT-GARDE EXPERIMENTAL OFF KILTER THEATRE DEBUTS at The Mar St Pete
March 8, 2021

Off Kilter, a newly-launched theatre company is ready to give the Avant-Garde a safe place to call home. Located in The Mar St. Pete, Off Kilter’s founder, artistic director Derek Baxter is thrilled to have his ground-breaking, experimental company part of the artsy vibe that is in St. Petersburg, FL.

BWW Review: Andresia Moseley Gives Phenomenal Multi-Character Performance in TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992 at Jobsite Theater
March 5, 2021

Twilight, Los Angeles, 1992 is an unflinching look at race relations from the voices of the people that were there, whether in the heart of it or bystanders portrayed by one woman: Andresia Moseley.

BWW Previews: ARTS LEGACY REMIX SHOWCASES BLACK CLASSICAL ARTISTS at Straz Center
February 5, 2021

The Arts Legacy REMIX “Lift Every Voice & Sing” will feature OperaTampa, Patel Conservatory Advanced Chamber Ensemble, and other artists.

BWW Previews: ICONIC TRUMPETER, LOUIS ARMSTRONG PORTRAYED BY L. PETER CALLENDER IN SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF at American Stage
February 5, 2021

Directed by Ted Lange of “The Love Boat” fame, opening February 19 and running through February 28 with 12 pre-recorded performances, “Satchmo at the Waldorf” is set in 1971, Louis’ last public performance, four months before his passing. The show takes place in a dressing room backstage at the Empire Room of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where Louis is reminiscing into a tape recorder about his life and relationship with his manager.

BWW Previews: VOICES OF TRUTH FESTIVAL DEBUTS VIRTUALLY MARCH 10-28, 2021 at POWERSTORIES THEATRE
January 19, 2021

A collaboration with Outcast Theatre Collective, The Voices of Truth Festival makes its inaugural debut from Powerstories Theatre’s technology-updated venue on March 10-28, 2021. Sixteen thought-provoking, conversation-starting productions - fourteen original plays and two curated as the dream productions of its directors - will take three different directions to the virtual stage. The playwrights had a choice to produce their play live-streamed from Powerstories, via Zoom, or as a prerecorded theatre experience.



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