About Jayne Deely

Jayne is a queer Latinx writer and performer, and a proud native of Queens, NY. They hold a B.A. from Fordham University, graduating summa cum laude from the Honors College after producing their first one-act Eleanor Rigby, about a girl who gets sent to confession after punching a nun (16 years of Catholic school come to fruition). Jayne has clearly been working out things in their writing since the start and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. Where does the writing end and the therapy begin? Who’s to say?

Following undergrad Jayne relocated to the SF Bay Area to pursue acting, becoming a proud member of Actors’ Equity while working with companies such as Theatreworks Palo Alto, Berkeley Rep, the Aurora Theatre, and Cal Shakes, among others, before an inevitable return to their hometown of Queens (once a Queens kid, always a Queens kid).

Jayne, a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center's Best Latinx Play award (KCACTF 2023 and 2022) is a recent graduate of the M.F.A. playwriting program at IU. IU projects include Passing, Outraged, 30 Seconds (AFS ’20), Waycross (AFS ’21, IUST ’21, KCACTF Certificate in Playwriting). Upcoming: Uncle Play, AFS ’22 (playwright/niece). Other works include Stay (semi-finalist, Detroit New Works Festival), Passing (semi-finalist, UCF Pegasus Playlab), 30 Seconds (semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, winner Coe College Playwriting Award and BriNK Residency Award at Renaissance Theatreworks), and Outraged (winner, John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play, Kennedy Center). Jayne has developed their work at KCACTF, New Harmony, Coe College, and Renaissance Theatreworks. As a performer, Jayne most recently took on the role of Garnet McClit in Holly Hughes’ The Well of Horniness here at IU, and the role of Niece in their thesis production, uncle play.

Cancer sun, Virgo rising, and Taurus moon, child of the 90s, and proud parent to Frankie the cat.

Recent Credits

Uncle Play

IU Theatre — Playwright, Niece

The Well of Horniness

IU Theatre — Garnet McClit


IU Summer Theatre — Playwright

The At First Sight New Play Festival 2021

IU Theatre — Playwright, Waycross

The At First Sight New Play Festival 2022

IU Theatre — Playwright, "Uncle Play"