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Deborah Bostock-Kelley

Deborah Bostock-Kelley

A twice-published author, multi-time award-winning playwright, magazine writer, theatre reviewer, music critic, food blogger, and newspaper journalist with 30+ years in journalism and business copywriting, owner Deborah 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. An expanded version of this bullying, mental health and gun violence drama will be showcased on May 9 during Shevolution Festival at Powerstories Theatre. 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 2020.

Without a penny invested in advertising, relying solely on word-of-mouth client testimonials, since 2005 Deb Kelley 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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BWW Review: A Great Girls Night Was Had By All at Jaeb Theatre At Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: A Great Girls Night Was Had By All at Jaeb Theatre At Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Jan. 19, 2020


BWW Previews: FLORIDA DRAMA KIDS BRINGS FROZEN JR  to HCC Brandon Campus TheatreBWW Previews: FLORIDA DRAMA KIDS BRINGS FROZEN JR to HCC Brandon Campus Theatre
Posted: Jan. 23, 2020


BWW Previews: MARK CORDES, THE SPOUSE WHISPERER, at Jaeb Theatre At Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Previews: MARK CORDES, THE SPOUSE WHISPERER, at Jaeb Theatre At Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Jan. 24, 2020


BWW Previews: INAUGURAL MUSICAL, WORKING, A MUSICAL DEBUTS TO CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY at Powerstories TheatreBWW Previews: INAUGURAL MUSICAL, WORKING, A MUSICAL DEBUTS TO CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY at Powerstories Theatre
Posted: Feb. 3, 2020


BWW Previews: DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS! Comes to  Straz Center For The Performing Arts' TECO TheatreBWW Previews: DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS! Comes to Straz Center For The Performing Arts' TECO Theatre
Posted: Feb. 7, 2020


BWW Previews: TICKLE YOUR FUNNYBONE WITH FARCE OF NATURE  at Plant City EntertainmentBWW Previews: TICKLE YOUR FUNNYBONE WITH FARCE OF NATURE at Plant City Entertainment
Posted: Feb. 13, 2020


BWW Review: RUMORS Leaves Audience in Stitches at Hat Trick TheatreBWW Review: RUMORS Leaves Audience in Stitches at Hat Trick Theatre
Posted: Feb. 15, 2020


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BWW Review: MAD THEATRE OF TAMPA'S DISENCHANTED DELIGHTS, DISSECTS THE PRINCESS COMPLEX AT JAEB THEATRE  at Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: MAD THEATRE OF TAMPA'S DISENCHANTED DELIGHTS, DISSECTS THE PRINCESS COMPLEX AT JAEB THEATRE at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Nov. 15, 2019


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: Aeon Life Theatre's WILD PARTY is a Wild Ride at The Italian ClubBWW Review: Aeon Life Theatre's WILD PARTY is a Wild Ride at The Italian Club
Posted: Oct. 18, 2019


BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL IS PERFECT START TO THE HOLIDAYS at Show Palace Dinner TheatreBWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL IS PERFECT START TO THE HOLIDAYS at Show Palace Dinner Theatre
Posted: Dec. 4, 2019


BWW Previews: LOCAL ACTRESS COMES HOME FOR HOLIDAYS AS ALADDIN SOARS INTO Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Previews: LOCAL ACTRESS COMES HOME FOR HOLIDAYS AS ALADDIN SOARS INTO Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Dec. 11, 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: A Great Girls Night Was Had By All at Jaeb Theatre At Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: A Great Girls Night Was Had By All at Jaeb Theatre At Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Jan. 19, 2020


BWW Review: WILD WEST SPECTACULAR at Eight O'Clock Theater
March 17, 2018

WILD WEST SPECTACULAR ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at Eight O'Clock Theater

BWW Review: THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL MIGHT JUST COME FROM Dreamhouse Theatre
March 15, 2018

THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL MIGHT JUST COME FROM Dreamhouse Theatre

BWW Previews: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME DEBUTS FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF at Carrollwood Cultural Center
March 15, 2018

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME DEBUTS FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF at Carrollwood Cultural Center

BWW Review: Not Your Normal Entertainment's IF/THEN Travels Two Paths at Plant City Entertainment
March 11, 2018

BWW Review: Not Your Normal Entertainment's IF/THEN Travels Two Paths at Plant City Entertainment

BWW Review: MARGARET CHO BARES ALL at Tampa Improv
March 10, 2018

Dressed in ripped jeans, a MASH 4077 tee and embroidered black jacket, Margaret Cho twerked her flat butt (her reference, not mine) right into the hearts of admiring fans at Tampa Improv Friday night for her 'Fresh Off the Bloat' tour.

BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID IS HEAVENLY at Straz Center's Jaeb Theatre
March 7, 2018

A delightful musical revue set in the era of barbershop quartets, FOREVER PLAID is what happens when the cute nerdy boys from the AV club form a band.

BWW Review: JEKYLL AND HYDE Brings Evil to Life at Carrollwood Players Theatre
February 25, 2018

Sexy. Stunning. Evocative. Imaginative. Electrifying. People will be talking about the show, the set, the Victorian-steampunk costumes, the makeup, the props, the lighting, the live sound effects and of course, the gorgeous cast with the stunning voices long after director Derek Baxter's vision of a completely immersive production of JEKYLL & HYDE is nothing but a folded poster in the costume closet.

BWW Review: FIND YOUR HERO at The Studio At Carrollwood Cultural Center
February 24, 2018

FIND YOUR HERO at The Studio At Carrollwood Cultural Center

BWW Previews: WASHINGTON AND EISENSTADT PRESENT TAKE ON THE HEROES OF BROADWAY at The Studio, Carrollwood Cultural Center
February 21, 2018

WASHINGTON AND EISENSTADT PRESENT TAKE ON THE HEROES OF BROADWAY at The Studio, Carrollwood Cultural Center

BWW Review: PENIS MONOLOGUES IS IMPRESSIVE at Carrollwood Players Theatre
February 16, 2018

PENIS MONOLOGUES IS IMPRESSIVE at At Carrollwood Players Theatre

BWW Review: A 'PAWSITIVELY' ADORABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE ARISTOCATS KIDS at Straz Performing Arts Center' TECO Theatre
February 16, 2018

I was told by director Sarah Berland that the 26 young actors starring in The Aristocats KIDS did not want to put on a kids' show, rather a professional performance that had child actors. After seeing opening night's performance, I will go one step further than that - these are 26 mini-adults masquerading in the bodies of actors that just happen to be no older than 10.

BWW Previews: INNOVATIVE VICTORIAN PUNK JEKYLL & HYDE OPENING at Carrollwood Players Theatre
February 9, 2018

Opening at Carrollwood Players Theatre on February 23, Director Derek Baxter has given the musical Jekyll & Hyde a makeover. He is confident that it will be something the audience has not experienced before.

BWW Previews: MARGARET CHO – A VOICE FOR ALL GENERATIONS COMES to Tampa Improv
February 6, 2018

If you've not lived under a rock for over 30 years, you already know Margaret Cho is a veteran comic genius - a feminist, bisexual Korean-American who doesn't shy away from taboo topics, even if the topics are extremely provocative and very personal. For decades, Cho has been a vocal activist on the forefront of gay rights, anti-bullying and anti-racism.

BWW Previews: GROUND BREAKING CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMES TO The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
February 5, 2018

GROUND BREAKING CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMES TO at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts

BWW Previews: Aristocats KIDS is a PURRRFECT PLAY for Families at Straz Center For The Performing Arts' TECO Theatre
February 5, 2018

Aristocats KIDS is a PURRRFECT PLAY at Straz Center For The Performing Arts' TECO Theatre

BWW Review: Riveting Drama THE MIRACLE WORKER is at Carrollwood Players Theatre
January 28, 2018

Much like how her youth predecessor Maggie Gamson captivated us in The Diary of Anne Frank, Kaedin is a name you won't soon forget. Though she says but one word, this twelve-year actress evokes emotional complexity with looks and guttural sounds as Helen Keller in Carrollwood Players Theatre's Mainstage production, The Miracle Worker.

BWW Previews: NINE AND NUMB BRINGS IMPROV UNFILTERED to Dreamhouse Theater
January 14, 2018

Interested in being liberated from political-correctness, having a bawdy good time surrounded by likeminded adults? If dropping your filter and saying what's on your mind is your cup of tea, you have to see the improv troupe, Nine and Numb and their After Hours show at Dreamhouse Theater. Though they also do a regular family-friendly rendition, I prefer seeing what's really on the minds of the audience as they are the ones that dictate the direction of the show - going as far as supplying the scenario and keywords that the actors have to turn into a skit. I was happy to see that Dreamhouse Theatre tested an adults-only version of the often standing-room-only improv show.

BWW Previews: FOREVER PLAID BRINGS NOSTALGIA TO Straz Center For The Performing Arts' Jaeb Theatre
January 12, 2018

FOREVER PLAID BRINGS NOSTALGIA TO Straz Center For The Performing Arts' Jaeb Theatre

BWW Previews: INNOVOCATIVE THEATRE'S KEELY & DU OPENS DIALOGUE ABOUT ABORTION at Stageworks
January 11, 2018

INNOVOCATIVE THEATRE'S KEELY & DU OPENS DIALOGUE ABOUT ABORTION at Stageworks

BWW Review: THEATREONE DEBUTS A NAUGHTY AND NICE CHRISTMAS TREAT at Catherine Hickman Theatre
December 27, 2017

BWW Review: THEATREONE DEBUTS A NAUGHTY AND NICE CHRISTMAS TREAT at Catherine Hickman Theatre



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