Bio

Kelsey Celek is a director and teaching artist currently based in Quincy, Illinois.   This June, Kelsey will be directing The Last Five Years at Canton Festival Theatre. Earlier this year, Kelsey directed The Addams Family and a touring production of Apollo: To the Moon at Quincy Community Theatre.  Other favorite directing credits include Tarzan (an ASL-integrated production), Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!”, and Stellaluna.

Kelsey has led classes for students ages 3-adult, covering topics such as acting, musical theatre, puppetry, and devised theatre.  Kelsey has also designed and implemented arts integrated curriculum for the classroom.  In 2018, Kelsey was named Outstanding Fine Arts Teacher of the Year by Arts Quincy.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Kelsey has had the pleasure of working with students across the country through the Missoula Children’s Theater, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Quincy Community Theatre and the Omaha Theater Company at the Rose Theatre.

Kelsey is also an actor, most recently as the title role in Lady Windermere’s Fan.  Other favorite credits include Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), [title of show] (Susan), The Light in the Piazza (Margaret), and the world premiere of The Grocer’s Goblin and the Little Mermaid (Grocer’s Wife/Oldest Sister).

Resumes of Kelsey’s experience as a director, teaching artist, or actor are available upon request.

Kelsey is also…

…a playwright, whose work has been produced by the Secret Theater, Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative, Artists Without Limits, Tip My Cup Productions, and She and Her Productions.  Kelsey’s one act musical, Zander (written with composer Andy Roninson), was presented at part of the 8 Minute Musical Festival in New York City.  Her most recent play, an interactive adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s American Fairy Tales, was produced as part of Quincy Community Theatre’s 2017 season.

…a speaker at the first ever TEDx Quincy Conference.  Her presentation, “Accessibility Through the Arts”, can be found here.

…a proud graduate of Wright State University.  Go Raiders!

…left-handed.  (And her hands usually have the ink stains to prove it.)

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