About Jayne Deely

Jayne is a 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? Speaking of, Jayne is currently at work on their IUB thesis play, a vaudevillian grief play and exploration of the queer movement through the ages.

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 is currently entering their third year at Indiana University in Bloomington as an M.F.A. Candidate in playwriting. IU projects include Passing (reading, dir. Jamie Anderson), Outraged (dir. Jamie Anderson), 30 Seconds (AFS reading ‘20, dir. Martha Jacobs), Waycross (AFS ’21, IUST ’21, dir. Jenny McKnight). Other acknowledgments 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 is a Cancer sun, Virgo rising, and Taurus moon, and a proud child of the 90s. Jayne is also a reformed NYC bartender (but will come out of retirement to work a private party. Just kidding. Maybe. Give me a ring.)

Recent Credits

At First Sight 2022

IU Theatre — Playwright


IU Summer Theatre — Playwright

At First Sight

IU Theatre — Playwright, Waycross