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

BWW Review: A DOO WOP CHRISTMAS BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER to Show Palace Dinner Theatre
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The only person who could possibly leave the Show Palace Dinner Theatre not feeling in the holiday spirit after seeing A Doo Wop Christmas is the old Grinch himself. This show has everything -a storyline full of heart, humor, a gorgeous set, beautiful costumes, dance choreography, and cherished Christmas songs performed by the most incredible singers.

BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Stageworks- This is Definitely Not Sesame Street
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My daughter introduced me to the sarcastic wit of the music in Avenue Q on the way to college a few years ago, so I sort of knew going in, this wasn't your typical musical.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Straz Center For The Performing Art's TECO Theater with Sensory-Friendly Performance.

BWW Previews: PATEL CONSERVATORY BRINGS GODSPELL to Straz Center For The Performing Art's TECO Theater
October 25, 2017

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BWW Previews: A MONSTER OF SHOW, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN'S CASTLE COMING to Carrollwood Players Theatre
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BWW Previews: New Tampa Players Bring THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL to University Area CDC
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BWW Previews: NUNSENSE IS WHAT THE NUNS DO WHEN NOT IN THE CONVENT at MAS Community Theatre
October 19, 2017

Opening October 19 in The Studio on the property of Carrollwood Cultural Center, get ready to see what the nuns do when not in the convent. Produced by MAS Community Theatre, NUNSENSE opens as the first show to the start a new studio series.

BWW Review: NEW TAMPA PLAYERS OFFER A CELEBRATION OF COURAGE WITH PRODUCTION OF QUILT at Catherine Hickman Theatre
October 12, 2017

NEW TAMPA PLAYERS OFFER A CELEBRATION OF COURAGE WITH PRODUCTION OF QUILT at Catherine Hickman Theatre

BWW Previews: ORIGINAL PRODUCTION ON BULLYING, GUN VIOLENCE AND AFTERMATH DEBUTING IN JANUARY at Straz Center For The Performing Arts' TECO Theatre
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BWW Previews: Poignant Musical Opens On 30th Anniversary Of Aids Memorial Quilt Creation At Catherine Hickman Theatre
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Opening on the 30th anniversary of the NAMES Project's AIDS Memorial Quilt, New Tampa Players presents QUILT: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION on October 11-14. With book by Jim Morgan, Merle Hubbard and John Schak, music by Michael Stockler and lyrics by Jim Morgan, this is the story behind the NAMES Project's AIDS Memorial Quilt and the lives of the people remembered in the panels.

BWW Review: BROADWAY BENT: VILLIANS STEP INTO THE BAD SIDE at The Studio At Carrollwood Cultural Center
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Performed in The Studio at Carrollwood Cultural Center, BROADWAY BENT: VILLIANS was a celebration of the most despicable, evil, contemptable characters in the history of Broadway.

BWW Review: GOOD TIMES ABOUND AT SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Show Palace Dinner Theatre
August 28, 2017

From the first note of In The Neighborhood coming from the fire escape on the side stage to the incredible finale of Stand By Me, center stage in front of a door stoop, only one word could describe the high-energy, powerhouse performances in Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller at Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson: Wow. On opening night, you tend to expect some potential jitters, but this nine-member cast was, in another single word, perfection.

BWW Previews: HISTORY IS BROUGHT TO LIFE THROUGH REAL LETTERS AND SONG at Silver Meteor Gallery
August 15, 2017

BWW Previews: HISTORY IS BROUGHT TO LIFE THROUGH REAL LETTERS AND SONG at Silver Meteor Gallery

BWW Previews: JARRAN MUSE HAS INSPIRATIONAL ROLE IN MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
August 8, 2017

JARRAN MUSE HAS INSPIRATIONAL ROLE IN MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts

BWW Previews: A TALE OF FAMILY LOVE – ITALIAN STYLE at Pelican Players
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Opening on August 10 at the Veterans Theatre in Sun City Center is The Pelican Players' production of Over the River and Through the Woods, a tale about love of family, loud and Italian-style.

BWW Previews: THOUGHT PROVOKING DRAMA PROOF is Second Production at Stageworks
July 18, 2017

BWW Previews: THOUGHT PROVOKING DRAMA PROOF is Second Production at Stageworks

BWW Previews: LION KING JR. ROARS INTO TECO THEATRE at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
July 18, 2017

On July 20-23, The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will present Disney's The Lion King, Jr. in the TECO Theater to a sold-out crowd.

BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE CAST IS ONE SINGULAR SENSATION at Eight O' Clock Theatre
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A CHORUS LINE CAST IS ONE SINGULAR SENSATION at Eight O' Clock Theatre. A Chorus Line is not often seen in community theatre because it requires multiple triple-threats - singers, dancers and actors in one talented package. Fortunately, director James Grenelle and assistant director Rocco Morabito found a stage full of them.

BWW Previews: AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION IS FUN WHODUNNIT at Carrollwood Players Theater
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Written by Bernard Slade, An Act of the Imagination is an entertaining mystery with rich dialogue and interesting characters. With a series of plot twists, this play will keep you guessing until the end.



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