Deb Kelley

Deb Kelley

The WriteOne Creative Services / Life Amplified Variety Showcases
Actor, Author, Illustrator, Playwright, Producer, Director, Graphic Designer and Photographer (Still)

Tampa, Florida

Member Since:
May 2013
Last online:
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About Deb

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. 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 Tampa Bay 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.

Unique traits: reporter, songwriter, playwright, actor, author, illustrator, producer, director, editor, poet, live theatre director, web designer, graphic designer

Credits

  • 11:11

    11:11 (2017)
    Theater Playwright/Director A group of survivors discover unexpected ties in a grief support meeting.

  • Bunny and the Bumblers

    Bunny and the Bumblers (2017)
    Theater by Tarpon Arts One Act Festival (Comedy) Playwright / Director Misadventures of a botched kidnapping.

  • The Vagina Monologues

    The Vagina Monologues (2017)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Theatre Actress Funny, outrageous, emotionally affecting, and occasionally angry, The Vagina Monologues confront words to demystify and disarm them – and the audience witnessing them.

  • The Laramie Project

    The Laramie Project (2017)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Theatre Actress The Laramie Project is a critical play that addresses the brutal murder of openly gay Matthew Shepard in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, an incident that sparked national debate back in 1998. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming. The play draws on hundreds of interviews with inhabitants of the town, journal entries, and published news reports.

  • TTYL

    TTYL (2016)
    Theater by Tampa Bay Theatre Festival - One Act Competition Playwright / Director

  • The Appetizer Conundrum

    The Appetizer Conundrum (2015)
    Theater by Tampa Bay Theatre Festival - One Act Competition Playwright / Director

  • Don't Drink the Water

    Don't Drink the Water (2015)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Actress In an unnamed European country behind the Iron Curtain, the American Ambassador must leave the Embassy for business. In his absence he places his incompetent son Axel Magee in charge. Almost immediately the Embassy is thrust into a crisis as the Hollanders, an American family of tourists, come rushing in on the run from the Communist police. Walter Hollander, the father, had accidentally snuck into a high security area and taken pictures, causing the communists to believe that the family are spies. Axel digs the hole deeper and the embassy is surrounded, leaving the Hollanders trapped.

  • Cradle Robber

    Cradle Robber (2014)
    Theater by Tampa Bay Theatre Festival - One Act Competition Playwright / Director

  • A Conversation by the Gate - Staged Reading

    A Conversation by the Gate - Staged Reading (2014)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Playwright

  • Cradle Robber - One Acts

    Cradle Robber - One Acts (2014)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Playwright / Director

  • 8 Strangers on a Bus - Staged Reading

    8 Strangers on a Bus - Staged Reading (2014)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Playwright/Director

  • Momologues - Staged Reading

    Momologues - Staged Reading (2014)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Actress

  • It's A Wonderful Life

    It's A Wonderful Life (2013)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Mrs. Hatch

  • If Life Was Like a 'B' Movie - Staged Reading

    If Life Was Like a 'B' Movie - Staged Reading (2013)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Playwright

  • Zombies! A Musical - Staged Reading

    Zombies! A Musical - Staged Reading (2013)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players (Musical) Singing Zombie Comedy musical about zombies.

  • The Last Muffin - One Acts

    The Last Muffin - One Acts (2012)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Diedre

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol (2012)
    Theater by Carrollwood Players Mrs. Hawkins

Awards

  • Bay News 9's Every Day Hero
    (2016)

  • FOX 13’s Hometown Hero
    (2014)

Education

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