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Celia Keenan Bolger | Biography

Three time Tony Award nominated theatre, television and film actress, Celia Keenan Bolger is a renowned celebrity in the theatre, television as well as film industry in America. Decorated with more than a few illustrious awards in theatre such as the Drama Desk Award, Elliot Norton Award, and Theatre World Award among others, Celia was born on January 26, 1978. The talented American actress has worked extensively in theatres like Second Stage Theatre, New York City Centre, Booth Theatre and Broadhurst Theatre among others and has made cameo appearances in television shows like The Education of Max Bickford, Submissions Only, Law & Order and Nurse Jackie.

Born and raised in Detroit, Celia comes from an artistic family. She attended the Detroit School of Arts High School and the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. She went to the University of Michigan where her brother actor and singer Andrew Keenan Bolger also attended. She is the sister of Maggie Keenan Bolger who famously wrote From the Inside Out. She has spent a better half of her life in theatre and it was in theatre that she met her current husband, theater actor John Ellison Conlee. Celia was smitten by John’s performance in The Butter and Egg Man and after a friend introduced her to him, they started dating soon. They tied the knot in 2011 at a Vermont farm. They presently live together in Union Square, Manhattan.

In 2002, Celia performed at the Kennedy Center in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. She reprised her role at the Sundance Theatre Program, TheatreWorks and the Goodman Theatre. She appeared in an episode of The Education of Max Bickford that year. She portrayed Clara Johnson in Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle and Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Kindertransport, Summer of ’42 and Little Fish are her off-Broadway shows.  On Broadway she appeared first in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2005. Her debut Broadway performance garnered her a nomination at the Tony Awards as the Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She performed in the show at the Second Stage Theatre, Barrington Stage Company and the Los Angeles Wadsworth Theatre. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her work as Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway. In 2008, she appeared in the productions of Saved, Bachelorette and A Small Fire. She appeared in the New York Theatre Workshop in the play adaptation of the novel Peter and the Starcatcher which got her nominated for Drama League Award, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award. She also appeared in the Broadway production of the play at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in 2011 which received nods at the Tony Awards as well as the Drama Desk Award. She appeared alongside Brian J. Smith, Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones in The Glass Menagerie at the American Repertory Theater in 2013. She has won five awards for the play including the Theatre World Award and the Drama Desk Award and a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. She has performed as a singer at the Michigan Theatre and the Secret Garden World AIDS Day. She has lent her voice for the readings of Shrek the Musical and the Brave Little Toaster: The Musical. In 2015, she will be appearing for a reading of Animals, Animals by Eric Carle.

Celia appeared in the movie Mariachi Gringo in 2012 and in television she has appeared in television shows like Law & Order, Heartland and The Battery’s Down. She appeared in Submissions Only in 2012 and in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Nurse Jackie in 2014. 

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