MY BIO (thanks for asking)
AS DIRECTOR . . .
Twelve Years a Slave (Director of Audiobook, 2013) narrated by Lou Gossett Jr., recently selected as "Official Audiobook" of the Brad Pitt Movie by Fox Searchlight. Both film and audiobook used the original 1853 first-person slave memoir, rescued from oblivion in 1968 by Dr. Sue Eakin (whose voice Casey Kelly reads on the audiobook). Distribution is through Fox Searchlight and all major online retailers: Audible.com, iTunes, with worldwide distribution through BBC's Blackstone Audio (physical CD's or MP-3 format). AudioFile Magazine review: “…Gossett infuses the words with a quiet, seething power." Audiobook produced by Eakin Films & Publishing, also producer of...
The Bracelet of Bordeaux, a family feature initially released in 100 theatres, 12 foreign markets, Blockbuster and Red Box, and currently through iTunes, NetFlix and major streaming and DVD sources, including Monterey Media. Bracelet was first feature film released concurrently with its novel (written by Casey Kelly based on the Frank Eakin screenplay). It was an official selection of the AFI-Dallas International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Zlin International (Czech Republic), San Diego Children's Film Festival, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, among others. Meriting the Dove Seal as wholesome family entertainment, the movie enjoyed a 30-city U.S. tour with Kids First!
AS PRODUCER/DIRECTOR . . .
The Magnificat House Story (2013) a documentary look at Rose Mary Badami's lifelong vow to get every possible homeless person off the streets of Houston. Since 1968, more than 9,000 have passed through her doors, and daily she feeds 300 people in her legendary Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen.
The Other Woman, an award-winning AFI short film screened at national and international film festivals and "The Territory" in PBS markets, fellowship and grant from AFI's Directing Workshop for Women. Basis was her stage play published in the Chilton Books series The Best Short Plays.
Those Who Can, an award-winning short, made with Dianne Lawson, which played numerous festivals and was lauded by autism organizations and awarded the Kids First! designation. Next stop: Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2013.
Feminist Follies, a musical comedy review in Chicago with participating guest hosts Studs Terkel and Mike Royko. Concept and songs by Casey Kelly.
Script Reading Series, a long-running developmental play and screenplay reading series with the accredited New York Conservatory for the Performing Arts.
AS WRITER . . .
WGA Screenwriter: Wrote Movies-of-the-Week aired on NBC, sold comedy pilots and episodes to CBS, NBC and ABC/Disney and feature development scripts commissioned by Paramount, Warner, Columbia, Broadway Video (Lorne Michaels). Worked on scripts with Randy Newman, Harry Belafonte, Peter Falk and Directors Howard Zeiff, John Avildsen, Ulu Grosbard and Geroge Roy Hill.
Copywriter: Books, press kits, annual reports, marketing materials, brochures and...and...Zzzzzzz. Fun Stuff: "Morris the Cat" Cat Care Book, Peggy Lennon's Fire Superwoman book (yes, long ago!). Recently, a 50th Anniversary corporate retrospective book/short film with Eakin Films & Publishing.
AS PLAYWRIGHT . . .
Grand's Finale, Ready or Not and Errand of Mercy, full length plays with various productions in NYC and regional theatre (Theatre Row, LORT, Lucille Lortel's White Barn Theatre, among others).
Delaware Ghosts, a one-act musical (book, music and lyrics) commissioned by the Delaware Theatre Company (LORT) and written on a Delaware Humanities Grant, made a 40-stop tour around the state.
The Other Woman, a widely produced stage play published in The Best Short Plays (Chilton Books).
Cathexsis, Lightly Salted a one-act dramady directed by Sam Havens.
AS EDUCATOR . . .
Taught Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting at Rice University/Continuing, SWAMP (Southwest Alternate Media Project). Screenwriting for Actors at New York's School for Film and Television (where she serves on the board), Writing for Broadcast Media at University of Houston's Jack Valenti School of Communication.
Gave Goal Setting for Writers courses at Rice University/Continuing.
Youth Courses: Taught Playwriting through the Young Playwrights program of the Dramatists Guild of America. Taught Screenwriting for Kids in two summer film camps.
One-day writing seminars and/or speeches at numerous writers conferences and film festivals: Rice University Writers Conference, Golden Triangle Writers Group, School of Arts (San Antonio), Dramatists Guild of America, Texarkana Writers Conference, Alexandria (LA) Writers Conference, LaMar State University (Beaumont), Austin Film Festival (panel), AFI-Dallas Film Festival (panel), Houston Community College, Lone Star College (Woodlands), Houston Writers League, McNeese State University (LA).
AS WILD CARD. . .
Gained ASCAP membership for her original song "Chem City, Texas" featured in The Bracelet of Bordeaux.