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.
Helmed by Kristin Clippard in her American Stage directorial debut, "The Roomate" by Jen Silverman opens at American Stage on March 13 through April 7. Dubbed "Breaking Bad meets Grace and Frankie," this breakout 2015 two-person dramedy, emerged from the prestigious Humana Festival of new American plays.
In "The Roommate," Sharon (Annie Fitzpatrick) and Robyn (Amy Resnick) are perfectly incompatible roommates that become unlikely friends.BWW Previews: EIGHT NEW WORKS COME TO LIFE during SheVolution at Powerstories Theatre March 7, 2019
Throughout the month local playwrights and poets will showcase their original female-centric works. The lineup consists of:
• 'SheVolution III' - March 7 and 8, 8pm
• 'Twirling in the Woods - Nature Poem and Stories' - March 9, 8 pm
• 'The Lady from Havana' - Mar 10, 8pm
• 'It's About Time' - March 15, and 21, 3pm
• 'C'est La Vie' - March 16, 2pm and 7pm
• 'NINE' - March 17, 3pm
• 'Shattering the Silence' - March 22, 8pm
• 'The ThinkFast Experiment' - March 24, 6pmBWW Review: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS a High-Energy, Fun Escape at Carrollwood Players Theatre March 3, 2019
In September 2018, Katie Welch had a dream - create a theatre company that educates while entertains. With a Masters in Exceptional Student Education and a Bachelors in Theatre, Katie wanted to form a community theatre that is a safe haven to kids, teens and young adults with all levels of experience, abilities or special needs.BWW Review: HAMILTON Lives Up To The Hype The Straz Center For The Performing Arts February 14, 2019
What more can be said about the juggernaut "Hamilton" that hasn't already been written? An ornate, elaborate leveled wooden backdrop and mobile staircases with minimal, simple set pieces and turntables floors showcased the exquisitely and insanely-talented lead actors and the equally-matched ensemble that brought each note to vivid life. The superb music - a blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, and traditional Broadway tunes - was complemented by nearly nonstop, furiously-paced choreography.BWW Previews: NYNE PRESENTS NOVEMBER - FAILING PRESIDENT CANNOT GET SUPPORT IN POLITICAL COMEDY at Brandon's Event Space February 4, 2019
As part of a means to celebrate the rich and beautiful 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. During February's Black History month, The Straz Arts Legacy REMIX Project will celebrate artists of color on screen by showing three influential films in TECO Theatre 3-5pm on February 3, 10, and 17.BWW Previews: ONE-NIGHT ONLY THEATRE EVENT SHAKESPEARE ON THE STAIRS at Oxford Exchange January 26, 2019
You won't just be sitting in the dark watching a play, director L. Peter Callender promises.
This is a play unlike any other at American Stage.
"You should expect to be engaged, indicted by the text, by the story, by the message," he said. "The audience should very much expect to be part of the production, to listen, and a part of the solution to the questions asked in this play. Be prepared to be enlightened figuratively and realistically because lights will be shone at the audience."BWW Review: VOCALLY AND VISUALLY-CAPTIVATING PERFORMANCE OF LES MISERABLES at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts January 18, 2019
LES MISERABLES is a worldwide phenomenon, the timeless musical that tells the triumphant tale of redemption of Jean Valjean, sentenced to 19 years of hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread to save a starving child. In Morsani Hall at the Straz Center on Thursday, we, the grateful audience, were transported.BWW Previews: FL DRAMA KIDS BRINGS ALADDIN JR. TO HCC Brandon Campus Theatre January 18, 2019
Imagine meeting the one you know in your heart is "the one" and a whirlwind courtship where you are married three short weeks later. Written by Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson and Sarah Gancher, "HUNDRED DAYS" tells the story of how the Begsons, a musician couple, would embrace life if gifted with only HUNDRED DAYS.