Deborah Bostock-Kelley

Deborah Bostock-Kelley Deb Kelley is a multitasking entrepreneur: a creative writer, freelance biographer, and journalist; a reporter for Tampa Bay News and Lifestyles Magazine; a past freelance reporter for Tampa Tribune, AOL Patch, Carrollwood and Westchase; a multi-time playwright for Carrollwood Players Theatre and Tampa Bay Theatre Festival; a playwright for One Act Theatre Festival Tarpon Springs; the scriptwriter for The Actor's Clinic TV show, a contributing writer to Gulfport Magazine, Positive Impact Magazine, Winners Within Us, and Local Shops1 Magazine. Deb specializes in bringing heart to any story. In 2017, she won Theatre Tampa Bay's Jeff Norton Dream Grant and will be putting on her original production with a fellow playwright called A Necessary Conversation, about gun violence and its aftermath at Straz' TECO Theatre on January 20. (https://www.facebook.com/anecessaryconversation012018). In 2013, she published her first children’s early reader, The Alien and Me where Young Readers can follow the adventures of a little girl and her alien friend and learn that accepting differences often leads to life-long friendships. In 2009, she published her first book of short stories about all stages of relationships, Damaged Goods: Narrative Unending from Inside My Heart and Mind. She is also the owner of The WriteOne Creative Services, an award-winning independent copywriting, web design and graphic design company providing a one-stop creative shop for every type of artistic need. Last but not least, for the philanthropic side of her company, since 2013, she has produced Life Amplified showcases (lifeamplifiedshowcase.com) that highlight local talent in Tampa Bay with all proceeds benefiting a worthy charity. Life Amplified has been featured as Bay News 9 Every Day Hero February 2016 and FOX13 Hometown Heroes May 2014.


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BWW Review: SPYMONKEY'S HYSTERIA at Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: SPYMONKEY'S HYSTERIA at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Sep. 23, 2019


BWW Review: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY IS WINNER at The Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY IS WINNER at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Oct. 9, 2019


BWW Review: SONIA FLEW IS POIGNANT TALE OF FAMILY AND SACRIFICE at Powerstories TheatreBWW Review: SONIA FLEW IS POIGNANT TALE OF FAMILY AND SACRIFICE at Powerstories Theatre
Posted: Oct. 4, 2019


BWW Previews: FOREMOST BRITISH PHYSICAL COMEDY THEATRE COMPANY SPYMONKEY HAS AMERICAN DEBUT, HYSTERIA  at Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Previews: FOREMOST BRITISH PHYSICAL COMEDY THEATRE COMPANY SPYMONKEY HAS AMERICAN DEBUT, HYSTERIA at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Sep. 17, 2019


BWW Previews: Step Back In Time With Spanish Lyric Theatre's THE MARVELLOUS WONDERETTES at HCC Mainstage Theatre Ybor CityBWW Previews: Step Back In Time With Spanish Lyric Theatre's THE MARVELLOUS WONDERETTES at HCC Mainstage Theatre Ybor City
Posted: Oct. 3, 2019


BWW Previews: HIP HOP, SEX COMEDY FAIRYTALE VIETGONE LAUNCHES NEW SEASON  at American StageBWW Previews: HIP HOP, SEX COMEDY FAIRYTALE VIETGONE LAUNCHES NEW SEASON at American Stage
Posted: Sep. 26, 2019


BWW Previews: GET YOUR 'GOLDEN' TICKET TO CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at The Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Previews: GET YOUR 'GOLDEN' TICKET TO CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Oct. 7, 2019


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BWW Interview: Seth Black-Diamond of A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL 2018 NATIONAL TOUR DEBUTING at Lutcher TheaterBWW Interview: Seth Black-Diamond of A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL 2018 NATIONAL TOUR DEBUTING at Lutcher Theater
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BWW Review: HAMILTON Lives Up To The Hype The Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: HAMILTON Lives Up To The Hype The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
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BWW Review: SPYMONKEY'S HYSTERIA at Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: SPYMONKEY'S HYSTERIA at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Sep. 23, 2019


BWW Previews: FL DRAMA KIDS BRINGS ALADDIN JR. TO HCC Brandon Campus TheatreBWW Previews: FL DRAMA KIDS BRINGS ALADDIN JR. TO HCC Brandon Campus Theatre
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BWW Review: A PARADOX OF INSANITY: HAT TRICK THEATRE'S MINDGAME at Ruth Eckerd HallBWW Review: A PARADOX OF INSANITY: HAT TRICK THEATRE'S MINDGAME at Ruth Eckerd Hall
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BWW Previews: THE STRAZ ARTS LEGACY REMIX PROJECT CELEBRATES CARIBBEAN CULTURE at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
October 10, 2019

As a way to celebrate diversity in Tampa Bay, The Straz Center created The Straz Arts Legacy REMIX Project, where writers, actors, musicians, singers, and dancers join together to perform for a free event showcasing a particular culture. On October 11, The Straz Arts Legacy REMIX Project will celebrate the Caribbean culture.

BWW Review: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY IS WINNER at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
October 9, 2019

As the first familiar notes of 'The Candy Man' wafts across the audience in Carol Morsani Hall, I feel a strong sense of nostalgia. I grew up watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on television and am curious how a show with so many special effects could translate to the stage.

BWW Previews: GET YOUR 'GOLDEN' TICKET TO CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
October 7, 2019

In a limited run on October 8-13, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the beloved childhood tale of five lucky children with magic tickets, hits The Straz Center to delight kids of all ages. The story is a lesson in have and have-nots, centering around Charlie Bucket, a poor, kind-hearted boy whose family is on the brink of starvation. Charlie, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, and Augustus Gloop, have found a golden ticket inside a Wonka bar and have gained the privilege of visiting the chocolate factory. Unlike Charlie, the four are sorely lacking in traits of kindness and appreciation.

BWW Review: SONIA FLEW IS POIGNANT TALE OF FAMILY AND SACRIFICE at Powerstories Theatre
October 4, 2019

Though I was fighting back the tears, the unexpected closure of the first act triggered wracking sobs from an audience member. That is how relatable, believable, and compelling the performance of Sonia Flew at Powerstories was on opening night.

BWW Previews: Step Back In Time With Spanish Lyric Theatre's THE MARVELLOUS WONDERETTES at HCC Mainstage Theatre Ybor City
October 3, 2019

'The Marvelous Wonderettes' tells the story of friends Suzy, Missy, Cindy Lou, and Betty Jean. The quartet is typical of high school. Suzy is the ditzy one, Missy is the control freak perfectionist with a secret, Cindy Lou is flirty and hopes to be prom queen, and Betty Jean is the class clown.

BWW Previews: HIP HOP, SEX COMEDY FAIRYTALE VIETGONE LAUNCHES NEW SEASON at American Stage
September 26, 2019

Described as a a?oehip hop, sex-comedy fairytalea?? by director Brian Balcom, a?oeVietgonea?? written by Qui Nguyen, is having its regional premiere on October 2, launching the 2019-2020 season at American Stage.

BWW Review: SPYMONKEY'S HYSTERIA at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
September 23, 2019

My husband loathes plays and yet I still dragged him out to Jaeb Theatre Sunday night to experience Spymonkey's Hysteria. After interviewing Toby last week, I knew it was our warped sense of humor and we'd love it. Not five minutes into the play at Klaus's unexpected greeting to Laura, he is tapping my knee mouthing, 'you were right.'

BWW Previews: LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT GRETCHEN SUAREZ-PENA TO DEBUT STEAMPUNK MUSICAL TABLE READ at Just Write
September 23, 2019

Having its preview in October, Gretchen is reaching out to the community via a Kickstarter fundraiser https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/melinamusical/melina-a-steampunk-musical-tragedy through October 25 for a demo recording to submit to festivals. In October, Melina will have its first official Table Read at Just Write, Lakeland and have a five song preview in Mount Dora at the Renningers Flea Market Industrial Steampunk Festival. On March 7, 2020, the musical is scheduled to have a full stage reading at the Carrollwood Cultural Center.

BWW Previews: FOREMOST BRITISH PHYSICAL COMEDY THEATRE COMPANY SPYMONKEY HAS AMERICAN DEBUT, HYSTERIA at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
September 17, 2019

If you mix Monty Python and the Marx Brothers with a dose of Hitchcock, you will not come close to the surreal madcap comedy that is about to take center stage in their Straz Center American debut. Spymonkey's Hysteria from September 19 - November 3 in Jaeb Theater showcases the talents of the internationally-renowned comedy and physical theatre company, Spymonkey.

BWW Previews: CLAVICO EXTENDS RUN at HCC Mainstage Theatre Ybor City
September 12, 2019

Clavico! is a musical comedy that centers on the residents of a no-name town, surrounded by a seemingly impenetrable wall that was built by El Duque, a foul swordfighter of long ago. A group of residents attempts to escape, but their plot is regularly destroyed by the evil dictator. When Clavico comes to town, is he the hero the town has been praying for or just an El Duque replacement?

BWW Review: Politically Incorrect with Nazi Musical THE PRODUCERS is Hysterical at Carrollwood Players Theatre
September 8, 2019

At the close of the performance, my face hurt from laughing, but what else would you expect from a musical with the name Mel Brooks attached. This over-the-top and exquisitely offensive masterpiece, with everything from the producer's casting couch, grossly stereotypical ultra-sexy foreign female secretary/actress, sex-crazed old ladies to syrupy-sweet gay characters to literally, singing and dancing Nazis, this show is the antithesis to today's political correctness. The Producers at Carrollwood Players has something to make everyone do a little squirm in their seats and I loved every purposely-uncomfortable minute of this madcap story that revels in Mel Brook's irreverent humor.

BWW Previews: VIVID THEATRE PRODUCTIONS DEBUTS GOD OF CARNAGE at Stageworks Theatre
September 4, 2019

In Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, after a boy injures another in a schoolyard confrontation, the parents meet to discuss the course of action in a civilized manner. Civility quickly crumbles as the conversation escalates in this savage comedy, the inaugural production of the semiprofessional theatre company Vivid Theatre Production, opening at Stageworks on Friday, September 6 through 15.

BWW Previews: VETERANS AND CIVILIANS SHOWCASE ART THERAPY FOR HEALING at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
August 28, 2019

On Friday, August 31, VetArtSpan, a year-long creative collaboration with area veterans, civilians and local and national organizations will showcase personal stories, spoken word, dance, choreography, and artwork like painting and blown glass at The Straz Center's TECO Theatre from 7 a?" 8:30 pm.

BWW Previews: INNOVOCATIVE THEATRE'S THE HUNDRED DRESSES SHINES LIGHT ON BULLYING at Stageworks Theatre
July 31, 2019

In a time where bullying is national crisis, leading to children as young as nine years old taking their own lives, Innovocative Theatre's production The Hundred Dresses is opening at Stageworks Theatre on August 4. Sadly, this play is as timely today as when Eleanor Estes wrote the book in 1944. Set during the Great Depression in 1938, The Hundred Dresses is a play by based on the true experiences of the book author about a poor Polish girl named Wanda Petronski who is bullied by her classmates because she is different.

BWW Review: New Tampa Players' THE LITTLE MERMAID Debuts Swimmingly at University Area CDC
July 28, 2019

Let me lead by saying I absolutely love The Little Mermaid and Cirque Du Soleil, so going into the theatre, my expectations were extremely high for the perfect romantic story of man and mermaid at New Tampa Players. And visionary director Derek Baxter and a stellar huge cast of all ages and abilities did NOT disappoint. Using the magical talents of Jeremy Dorsey, Hippie Griswold, Becki Mallett, and Will Rickard, aerial artists from Shinobi School on ropes, fabric, and a lira hoop, this version of the fairytale was fresh, innovative, and never boring.

BWW Previews: NEW TAMPA PLAYER'S THE LITTLE MERMAID IS A CIRQUE TWIST ON A DISNEY CLASSIC at University Area CDC
July 26, 2019

New Tampa Players and director Derek Baxter are putting a fresh, new spin on the classic love story of mermaid and man. Utilizing his circus background and passion for Cirque du Soleil, The Little Mermaid debuting at on July 26 will incorporate aerial and parkour choreography to capture life on land and sea.

BWW Previews: TRANSFORMATIONS FREE PERFORMANCE EVENT CELEBRATING ADA ANNIVERSARY at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
July 25, 2019

In collaboration with the Hillsborough County Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities and Tampa Mayor's Alliance for Persons with Disabilities, on July 26, The Straz Center is presenting the inaugural performance event, Transformations: Building a World of Access and Inclusion. As part of the celebration of the 29th-anniversary celebration of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation, the event, hosted in Maestros from 6-8 p.m., is free to the public.

BWW Review: POWERHOUSE VOCALISTS WERE ON STAGE IN VIVID THEATRE PRODUCTIONS' BROADWAY MISCAST at Powerstories Theatre
July 25, 2019

Broken into two acts with a 15 minute intermission in between, in the first hour, to open each song, the singer told a story of what it meant to them. What I loved about actors who are also singers, rather than someone who was strictly a singer, was you are transported into the story. Whether it's a slump of the shoulder, a hand raised, a facial expression, the use of the stool, or any number of creative storytelling devices, these 11 allowed us to have an experience, not just hear a song. The snippets of the introduction made the song that followed feel all the more personal. In the second act dedicated to inspiration works, the dialogue receded, and the moving songs took center stage.

BWW Previews: VIVID THEATRE PRODUCTIONS' BROADWAY MISCAST CABARET SWAPS SONG GENDER at Powerstories Theatre
July 23, 2019

Starring Brilee Gold, Sean McKinley, Heather Mendoza, Kidany Camillo, Lena Morrisseau, Jason Ensor, Erica Garraffa, Topher Warren, Chonesty Montgomery, Sonali Balan, Bri Filippelli, and Drew, on July 24, Broadway Miscast is not your typical cabaret. A cast from teen to adult is singing parts for the opposite gender.

BWW Previews: LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS – IT'S ABOUT TIME at Powerstories Theatre
July 17, 2019

Imagine having a piano call to you - a soft whisper urging that you must play, asking if you remember. Despite the passage of time, playwright Janet Scaglione sat down and the melodies for a musical were birthed as her fingers danced across the piano keys. She had always wanted to write a musical, a biography of sorts about discovering herself after 50. Initially, a lack of confidence got in the way of fulfilling a lifelong ambition.



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