About Jayne Deely

Jayne is an Irish and Puerto Rican (Latin-ish? Irecan?) storyteller, and a proud native of Queens, NY. She holds a B.A. in Playwriting and English from Fordham University, where she graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College and produced her 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). Clearly she’s been working out things in her writing since the start and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.

Following graduation she relocated to the SF Bay Area to pursue acting, where she became 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 her inevitable return to her hometown of Queens (once a Queens kid, always a Queens kid).

Jayne is currently in her first year at Indiana University in Bloomington, earning her M.F.A. in playwriting as a member of the class of 2022. Her play Passing was presented as a staged reading in the Studio Theatre in November 2019, directed by Jamie Anderson. Her newest play, 30 Seconds, will be presented as a staged reading as part of the 2020 At First Sight new play festival, directed by Martha Jacobs.

Jayne is a Cancer sun, Virgo rising, and Taurus moon. Hard crab shell, soft underbelly. She is also a reformed NYC bartender (but will come out of retirement to work a private party. Just kidding. Maybe. Give her a ring.)