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: 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: 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: ORDINARY DAYS MUSICAL IS EXTRAORDINARY  at Stageworks TheatreBWW Review: ORDINARY DAYS MUSICAL IS EXTRAORDINARY at Stageworks Theatre
Posted: Nov. 3, 2019


BWW Interview: Q &A WITH DIRECTOR, CAST, AND CREW OF IN THE BLOOD at Vivid Theatre ProductionsBWW Interview: Q &A WITH DIRECTOR, CAST, AND CREW OF IN THE BLOOD at Vivid Theatre Productions
Posted: Nov. 6, 2019


BWW Review: Vivid Theatre Productions'  IN THE BLOOD Takes Unflinching Look at Living in Poverty at Powerstories TheatreBWW Review: Vivid Theatre Productions' IN THE BLOOD Takes Unflinching Look at Living in Poverty at Powerstories Theatre
Posted: Nov. 9, 2019


BWW Previews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF HAS SPECIAL, LOCAL CONNECTION  at The Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Previews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF HAS SPECIAL, LOCAL CONNECTION at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Oct. 30, 2019


BWW Review: MAS THEATRE'S NUNSENSE JAMBOREE FUSES HEART, COMEDY, CHARM OF DAYS PAST at Carrollwood Cultural CenterBWW Review: MAS THEATRE'S NUNSENSE JAMBOREE FUSES HEART, COMEDY, CHARM OF DAYS PAST at Carrollwood Cultural Center
Posted: Oct. 25, 2019


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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: 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: 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
Posted: Feb. 14, 2019


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 Previews: FL DRAMA KIDS BRINGS ALADDIN JR. TO HCC Brandon Campus TheatreBWW Previews: FL DRAMA KIDS BRINGS ALADDIN JR. TO HCC Brandon Campus Theatre
Posted: Jan. 18, 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: GIFT YOURSELF THIS ORIGINAL ENCHANTING HOLIDAY MUSICAL AT Show Palace Dinner TheatreBWW Review: GIFT YOURSELF THIS ORIGINAL ENCHANTING HOLIDAY MUSICAL AT Show Palace Dinner Theatre
Posted: Dec. 6, 2018


BWW Previews: NOTHING BUT A GOOD TIME WITH ROCK OF AGES at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
June 10, 2019

Nominated for five Tony Awards, Rock of Ages showcases the iconic era of 80s Hollywood. Featuring the music of hit bands such as Whitesnake, Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and others, this tenth-anniversary production promises to get the audience singing along and dancing in their seats.

BWW Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK, A MUSICAL IS ENTERTAINING, IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE at Carrollwood Players Theatre
June 9, 2019

Seldom does a reviewer get to see 'behind the curtain,' the director's enthusiastic vision of the set carefully sketched in a notepad long before it becomes an actual intricate tiered wooden platform or the director painstakingly folding pieces of paper together that would eventually be black lit painted, lighted and turned into the faces of the animals that would be called the jungle home. On Friday, the painted paper puppets that I saw months ago from director Drew Eberhard came to reality on top of the heads of the actors. Besides Jekyll and Hyde, the set of The Jungle Book Musical at Carrollwood Player is one of my favorites to date.

BWW Previews: Florida Drama Kids Brings THE LION KING JR. AND INTO THE WOODS JR. at HCC Brandon Campus Theatre
June 7, 2019

Under co-direction of Faith Clark and Jake Indano, on June 8 and 9, Florida Drama Kids will bring to stage Disney's The Lion King Jr. & Into the Woods Jr. at Hillsborough Community College, Brandon campus. As the creative arts are being stripped from schools, Florida Drama Kids gives students of all ages the opportunity to showcase their acting talents on stage and behind the scenes while forging lifelong friendships.

BWW Previews: UPTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL AN EVENING OF SAX THERAPY at University Area CDC
June 6, 2019

On Saturday, June 15, University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) will present Uptown Music Festival - an Evening of Sax Therapy featuring nationally known jazz artists, from 4 to 10 p.m. Benefiting the center and created to highlight the diverse musical culture, the inaugural festival will also feature an art gallery, a family-friendly Kids Zone, and local vendors, along with the headlining jazz artists.

BWW Review: 9/11 MUSICAL COME FROM AWAY CELEBRATES KINDNESS OF SMALL COMMUNITY at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
June 5, 2019

Unless you were a very young child protected from the brutal images on the TV screen, most can remember where they were on September 11, 2001 when our country became acutely aware of how airplanes under terrorist control were leveraged as deadly history-creating bombs. Now imagine if you were a passenger on an airplane flying to America and finding yourself diverted to a small town in Newfoundland with no knowledge of why.

BWW Previews: HOSTED BY ERIC PETERSEN, THE BROADWAY STAR OF THE FUTURE AWARDS SHOWCASE IS at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
May 30, 2019

From September through May of this year, hundreds of high school productions in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee Counties were reviewed by a team of theater professionals, college faculty and industry experts who provided feedback to students and instructors.

BWW Previews: CARIBBEAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 9TH YEAR at University Area CDC
May 30, 2019

Kay Joseph, The Caribbean American National Development Organization (CANDO) hopes that guests will learn about diversity, cultures, food, and music of the Caribbean as a celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month.

BWW Previews: AMERICAN CLASSIC MAN OF LA MANCHA DEBUTS at Mad Theatre Of Tampa
May 23, 2019

mad Theatre of Tampa will present the classic American musical, Mitch Leigh's five-time Tony Award winner Man of La Mancha, at Shimberg Playhouse on June 6-22.

BWW Previews: THE TYRONE FAMILY'S ADDICTIONS ON STAGE IN A LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at American Stage
May 22, 2019

Featuring Billy Finn, Rose Hahn, James Keegan, Josh Odsess-Rubin, and Janis Stevens, opening May 29 and running through June 30, Long Day's Journey into Night is a story of addiction - from morphine to alcohol - and a family's struggle to love itself.

BWW Previews: New Musical PAPER WALLS Debuts at HCC Studio Theatre Ybor City
May 18, 2019

After the success of Gabe Flores' musical Call It In the Air, the talented local composer/playwright is back with the world premiere of his newest musical Paper Walls at HCC Studio Theatre at Ybor Campus.

BWW Previews: NEWSIES SHOWCASE YOUTH NEWSPAPER STRIKE IN 1899 at Arts In Motion Community Youth Theatre
May 13, 2019

Presented by Arts in Motion Community Youth Theatre, on stage March 17-19, Newsies the Musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, Crutchie, Davey and a scrappy group of kids trying to survive by hawking newspapers throughout New York City in 1899.

BWW Review: EXCURSION FARE is a Dark, Fun Ride at Carrollwood Players Theatre
May 4, 2019

In a train depot beautifully created and dressed by Chelsie Camaro Smith and props by Shirley Overton, not a detail is missed - from the ornate corners on the ticket booth to the weathered wood and grey concrete interior to the vintage magazines, telephones and stored luggage. Heather Cleveland's costumes add to the feel that the place looks like something that time passed over. And perhaps it has. This way station for the hesitant houses souls unable to make the transition from life to the afterlife, whichever direction the train may go.

BWW Review: CONVERSATIONS IN BED IS COMPLETELY RELATABLE at Powerstories Theatre
May 3, 2019

Conversations in Bed at Powerstories Theatre was like taking a tape recorder to the audience, me included and writing down the serious, heartfelt and other times furious and ridiculous conversations we've had with our significant others before putting our heads on the pillow. Oohs, ahhs, and groans from the audience – proving just how relatable the mingled storylines were – stayed as a backdrop throughout the run of the 90-minute show.

BWW Previews: GLOBAL STORYTELLING SHOWCASED ON MAY 3 at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts Riverwalk
May 1, 2019

As a way to honor the 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 at a free monthly event. On May 3, The Straz Arts Legacy REMIX Project will celebrate global storytelling. Sponsored by Publix and Tampa Downtown Partnership, the special event includes The Korean Association of West Florida, The Kuumba Dancers and Drummers, Tampa City Ballet, Shreyas Arts, and The Fred Johnson Jazz Ensemble.

BWW Previews: ROCK AND CLASSICAL FUSE FOR ROCKTOPIA'S RETURN TO at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
April 30, 2019

When vocalist Rob Evan and conductor Randall Craig Fleisher got the idea to artistically fuse classical compositions with iconic rock and roll, do you think they ever imagined that their brainchild Rocktopia would be a beloved international music sensation 8 short years later? Direct from its smash-hit run on Broadway, on Tuesday, May 14, Rocktopia's one-of-a-kind musical arrangements return to Carol Morsani Hall at The Straz Center of Performing Arts.

BWW Previews: BROADWAY'S JANA ROBBINS AND HALEY SWINDAL BRING WE JUST MOVE ON— THE SONGS OF KANDER AND EBB TO The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
April 29, 2019

Veterans of Broadway, Jana Robbins and Haley Swindal bring We Just Move On-The Songs of Kander and Ebb to Straz Center for the Performing Arts on May 19. Named one of the Top 9 Nightclub Cabaret Acts in New York in 2018, featuring some of the composer/lyricist's most iconic tunes from the extensive catalogue like 'Maybe This Time,' 'How Lucky Can You Get,' 'Life Is,' 'A Quiet Thing,' 'All That Jazz,' Jana and Haley tell the story of two women seeking fulfillment on Broadway.

BWW Previews: OH THE THINKS YOU CAN THINK - SEUSSICAL JR COMES TO The Straz Center For The Performing Arts' TECO Theatre
April 22, 2019

Combine the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss with 47 eager student actors and you are in for a grand time when The Cat in the Hat, Horton, the Whos, and the other jungle animals bring the heartwarming tale of Seussical Jr. to life. The Patel Conservatory will present the toe-tapping musical at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts' TECO Theater April 25 through 27, with a special sensory-friendly performance on April 27.

BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
April 10, 2019

Is an assumption not corrected, an invention born out of best intentions, a fabrication of truth that gives solace to a grieving family, still wrong? What if the lie unintentionally metamorphosizes into a voice for the silent, hope for the hopeless, a place where the invisible feel seen? On Tuesday night, April 9, the audience at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts was left pondering those questions during the emotional nuanced three-hour performance of the six-time Tony Award-winner in 2017 (including best musical), DEAR EVAN HANSEN.

BWW Previews: AUDIENCE MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO SING, DANCE, PICNIC AT MAMMA MIA! at American Stage In The Park
April 9, 2019

If you enjoyed the 2008 and 2018 MAMMA MIA! movies, you are going to love the original musical from which the Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried-vehicle came. Running April 10 through May 12, featuring toe-tapping, danceable songs from the Swedish supergroup ABBA, American Stage has created the Greek island of Kalokairi at Demens Landing Park for its production of MAMMA MIA! under the direction of American Stage's artistic director Stephanie Gularte.

BWW Previews: NEW TAMPA PLAYERS' PENGUIN PROJECT'S DEBUTS ALADDIN JR at University Area CDC
April 5, 2019

As its first production as part of the award-winning Penguin Project, with a huge cast of 68 members, New Tampa Players will bring Aladdin Jr. to stage at University Area CDC on April 5-7.



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