Deborah Bostock-Kelley

Deborah Bostock-Kelley Besides loving her job as a theatre reviewer, Deb is a twice-published author of a children’s early reader, The Alien and Me (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) and a book of short stories about all stages of relationships, Damaged Goods: Narrative Unendings from Inside My Heart and Mind. Deb is also 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 magazine writer for Tampa Bay News and Lifestyles, reporter for Laker Lutz News, theatre reviewer for Creative Loafing and Groove Magazine, music critic for Punch Records US, food blogger for CarlosEats.com, and past newspaper journalist for The Tampa Tribune with 20+ years in journalism and business copywriting. Deb was a 2017 Recipient of Theatre Tampa Bay’s Jeff Norton Dream Grant to produce and direct her original production with another educator, A Necessary Conversation at Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ TECO Theatre in January 2018. With a talkback with leaders in the community after the two-show performance, all ticket sales were 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 was written following the Parkland shooting and it will be on stage during the Shevolution Festival in May 2020 at Powerstories Theatre. In summer 2019, she reached out to the community for true stories about breasts. 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.

In case that’s not enough, Deb does marketing and PR for Powerstories Theatre and since 2005, has owned the five-star-reviewed The WriteOne Creative Services, an independent copywriting service and comprehensive 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 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, bullying, to sexual violence prevention, and LGBTQ issues.



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Posted: Jan. 19, 2020


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Posted: Jan. 8, 2020


BWW Previews: CURRENT AND FUTURE BALLET STARS PERFORM TOGETHER IN STARS OF TODAY MEET THE STARS OF TOMORROW GALA  at Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Previews: CURRENT AND FUTURE BALLET STARS PERFORM TOGETHER IN STARS OF TODAY MEET THE STARS OF TOMORROW GALA at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Jan. 13, 2020


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Posted: Jan. 10, 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: 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: 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
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BWW Previews: THE ROOMMATE SHOWCASES THE COMICAL MISMATCH OF TWO WOMEN OF AN EVOCATIVE AGE at American Stage
March 7, 2019

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, 6pm

BWW Review: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS a High-Energy, Fun Escape at Carrollwood Players Theatre
March 3, 2019

Like Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper radiating adoration and raw sexual chemistry, singing "Shallow" at the Oscars, as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd's hand roved up Miss Mona Stangley's lace stockings while they nuzzled on the couch, Angel Tuider Frale and Michael c De Baca scorched the stage at Carrollwood Players. The yearning for something more, an unrequited love was palatable. That's called great acting.

BWW Previews: ASIAN CULTURE AND TALENT HIGHLIGHTED ON MARCH 1 at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts Riverwalk
February 27, 2019

As a way to celebrate 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 March 1, The Straz Arts Legacy REMIX Project will celebrate the Asian culture.

BWW Review: Tickle Your Funny Bone With the Politically Incorrect Presidential Portrayal NOVEMBER at NYNE Productions
February 23, 2019

The President is an incompetent, corrupt, egocentric, misogynistic, homophobic, racist, avaricious, foul-mouthed, extortionist, buffoonish, equivocator a-hole…. And in three acts, it is absolute perfection to watch Steven Bucko's portrayal in NYNE's timely production of David Mamet's NOVEMBER.

BWW Previews: NEW COMMUNITY THEATRE COMPANY B.E.S.T. DEBUTS at Mary Help Of Christian Catholic Church
February 20, 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

Not Your Normal Entertainment (NYNE), Brandon's newest community theatre, is debuting its sophomore season with the biting satire "November" by David Mamet.

BWW Previews: EIGHT YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS SEE ORIGINAL WORK COME TO LIFE IN COMPETITION at Carrollwood Players Theatre
January 29, 2019

On February 8-10, 2019, thirteen talented adult actors will bring to stage the trials and tribulations of school life and being a kid in KIDSPEAK 4.0, a Staged Reading in the CWP Black Box at Carrollwood Players.

BWW Previews: THREE INFLUENTIAL FILMS OF ARTISTS OF COLOR HIGHLIGHTED DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH at The Straz Center For The Performing Art's TECO Theater
January 28, 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

One night only, on February 7 at 6:30 PM, Oxford Exchange will close to the public and reopen to ticketed patrons for a live theatre showcase. The atrium, sweeping staircase and balcony will become the set for local professional actors dressed in costumes that evoke the scholarly spirit of the design of Oxford Exchange to celebrate Shakespeare's most famous love sonnets and monologues in 'Shakespeare on the Stairs.'

BWW Review: TECHNICAL QUIRKS CREATED MAGICAL NIGHT AT HUNDRED DAYS at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
January 24, 2019

On Tuesday night, despite a thirty-minute delay due to technical difficulties beyond the group's control, the enthusiasm of both audience and band members did not dampen. In tank top and jeans, Abigail Bengson approached the mic - that too was not working - and said "all our sh*t's broken" and magically, the mic boomed her voice over the audience as she, her husband Shaun took their seats on empty stools and were soon joined by the band.

BWW Previews: PIPELINE IS A MOTHER'S DETERMINATION TO KEEP TROUBLED SON FROM BECOMING A STATISTIC at American Stage
January 20, 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

Through interviewing a pair of Aladdins and Jasmins, as well as a Genie, the consensus is clear. FL Drama Kids is so much more than learning the steps to putting on a musical. Friendships are forged, confidences built and the instructors/directors create a much-needed, fun and safe haven for kids to be themselves.

BWW Previews: WHIRLWIND COURTSHIP SHOWCASED IN HUNDRED DAYS at The Straz Center For The Performing Art's Jaeb Theater
January 16, 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.

BWW Review: A HILARIOUS TIME HAD BY ALL DURING WHO'S LIVE ANYWAY at Ruth Eckerd Hall
January 13, 2019

I'll admit - I'm addicted to 'Who's Line Is It Anyway.' From my first taste of the British version to discovering the US version on ABC Family to following its revival over to CW Seed, I've loved every crazy minute watching the talented cast make up hysterical performances on the fly. I actually wondered if it was some TV editing trick or did they really make it up as they went along. 'Whose Live Anyway?', a 90-minute concert on January 12 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, proved just how incredibly gifted these performers were. Yes, they actually make up every story and song spontaneously.

BWW Review: LAUGHTER AND TEARS: EXPECT THE CAST OF STEEL MAGNOLIAS TO STEAL YOUR HEART at Carrollwood Players Theatre
January 13, 2019

If you love Steel Magnolias as much as I do, you always wait with bated breath to see if the actresses in the production can pull off the believability of long-term bonds of friendship. At the opening night of director Aaron Washington's production at Carrollwood Players Theatre, as soon as the cast of six was on stage together, it was easy to see the real, comfortable rapport.

BWW Previews: PATEL STUDENTS, GRADE SEVEN THROUGH ADULT, SHOWCASED IN WINTER CABARET in TECO THEATRE at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
January 7, 2019

Back by popular demand is the Winter Cabaret at TECO Theatre at the Straz Center on January 12. Performed by Patel Conservatory students in grade seven through adult, Winter Cabaret features solo, duet and small group musical performances, with a choreographed opening and closing number.

BWW Previews: POWERFUL TIMELY LOOK AT COLUMBINE, COLUMBINUS DEBUTS at Innovocative Theatre
January 7, 2019

Today, live shooter drills in elementary, middle and high school are as normal as fire drills, but twenty years ago, school shootings weren't commonplace. When Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris went on a shooting spree on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado that killed 15 and injured 20, it became part of a history that we have yet to be able to escape, a division of 'Before Columbine' and 'After Columbine.' On January 10-20, Innovocative Theatre, known for their thought-provoking, edgy performances, will bring COLUMBINUS, a mixture of fact and fiction, to Stageworks. Leading an eight-person ensemble are Nick Hoop and Ryan Fisher in the roles of Eric and Dylan.



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