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.