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Deborah Bostock-Kelley |
A twice-published author, multi-time award-winning playwright, magazine writer, theatre reviewer, and newspaper journalist with 30+ years in journalism and business copywriting, Deb 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. In 2020, the play was nominated for "Best Original Script of the Decade." An expanded version of this bullying, mental health and gun violence drama will be showcased during The Voices of Truth Theatre Festival at Powerstories Theatre, moved to virtual due to Covid-19 virus, on March 20, 2021. 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 2021.
Relying solely on word-of-mouth client testimonials, since 2005 Deb 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.
Drew Eberhard |
Drew Eberhard is a very busy in the theatre and out of the theater world. Drew works full time as Hair Dresser and Makeup Artist. In the theater world, Drew is an accomplished actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, producer, hair/makeup artist, and director. He was featured on the local BAYNEWS9 tv news outlet for his Hair and Makeup design for Carrollwood Players Theatre’s version of Jekyll &Hyde. He has been seen on and offstage in the Tampa-Bay area at The Straz Center, and Regional Dinner Theatres such as The ShowPalace. He’s very excited to be directing the Tampa Premiere Production of The Jungle Book the Musical and being the first theatre in the United States to produce this production this Spring at Carrollwood Players Theatre. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Theatre with a concentration in Hair and Makeup Design & Choreography from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Currently he serves on the Board of Trustees/Artistic Council at Carrollwood Players Theatre. He also is the Artistic Director of VIvid Theatre Productions Tampa Bay's newest Theatre Company. He believes Theatre is when like-minded individuals come together to make art, we truly create something honest, sincere, and thought-provoking. Through this and every aspect we allow our audiences to be not only engaged, but also immersed in the true magic and art form of theatre. With this we can truly experience every facet of the Human Condition.
Peter Nason |
An actor, director, and theatre teacher, Peter Nason fell in love with the theatre at the tender age of six when he saw Mickey Rooney in “George M!” at the Shady Grove in Washington, D.C. He has appeared in dozens of productions around the country, helmed several films and directed over thirty plays. His love of the theatre, and his passion for the craft of acting and directing, has led him to reach hundreds of Florida teenagers to help make the stage their home. He has currently started a new theatre program at a Title 1 school where he hopes the students there will find the same joy of performing that he found.