Playwright


Photo by Gail Hadani

Photo by Gail Hadani

A lifelong theater fan, Keli's career as a playwright began when she submitted her first play "Redeemed" to the legendary Public Theater of New York. The story of what happens to the relationship of a homophobic pastor and his daughter when she decides to work on the campaign of an openly gay congressional candidate, “Redeemed,” earned Keli one of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group Fellowships.

During this two-year residency, she developed her second play, "The Black Friend," which explores the conflict that emerges when a young black woman discovers her lifelong friends are being sued for systemic racial discrimination against African Americans at their corporation.

In 2014 "Redeemed" was selected for a reading as part of the Genesis Festival of New Plays at Crossroads Theater. In 2015 it was selected as a finalist for The Premiere Stages Playwriting Festival, where it enjoyed a staged reading starring critically acclaimed actor Frankie Faison. In April 2015, “The Black Friend” enjoyed two sold out staged readings during The Public Theater’s Spotlight Series where it starred Tony nominee Condola Rashad.

Keli is currently in development on two new plays.

Keli with actor Frankie Faison during the Premiere Stages reading of "Redeemed"

Keli with actor Frankie Faison during the Premiere Stages reading of "Redeemed"