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Celia Keenan-Bolger

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Celia Keenan-Bolger
Born (1978-01-26) January 26, 1978 (age 43)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2001–present
John Ellison Conlee
(m. 2010)
RelativesMaggie Keenan-Bolger (sister)
Andrew Keenan-Bolger (brother)

Celia Keenan-Bolger (born January 26, 1978) is an American actress and singer. She is known for portraying Scout Finch in the play To Kill a Mockingbird (2018), which earned her a Tony Award. She has also won three Drama Desk Awards and an Outer Critics Circle Award.

Early life

Keenan-Bolger was born in Detroit, Michigan, the eldest of three children. She has a sister, Maggie, and a brother, Andrew.

She trained as a youth at the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and the Detroit School of Arts High School. She also attended Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan's musical theatre performance program.


Keenan-Bolger's regional credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration in 2002,[1] along with productions at the Goodman Theatre, TheatreWorks and Sundance Theatre Program. In 2003, she originated the role of Clara Johnson in the pre-Broadway world premiere of the Craig Lucas/Adam Guettel musical The Light in the Piazza at Seattle's Intiman Theatre and Chicago's Goodman Theatre.[2] Her Off-Broadway credits include Kindertransport, Little Fish and Summer of '42.

She appeared on the concept cast album of Bright Lights, Big City. She has sung in concert at the Lincoln Center American Songbook Series and at the Michigan Theatre with Audra McDonald. Keenan-Bolger performed as Martha in the 2005 The Secret Garden World AIDS Day benefit concert.[3]

In 2005, Keenan-Bolger made her Broadway debut starring in William Finn's musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, where she originated the role of Olive Ostrovsky. For this performance, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.[4] She had appeared in the musical from its beginning at the Barrington Stage Company (Sheffield, Massachusetts) in July 2004, to the Off-Broadway production at the Second Stage Theatre in January through March 2005.[5] With the original Broadway cast, she returned to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for a four-week limited engagement run at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles from May through June 2007.[6]

She appeared on Broadway in the revival of Les Misérables as street waif Éponine from October 2006 to April 2007,[7] for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination.[8] She also participated in a reading of Shrek The Musical as Princess Fiona in 2007.[9]

Keenan-Bolger appeared in the Playwrights Horizons production of the new musical Saved with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by John Dempsey and Rinne Groff in 2008.[10] She appeared in Bachelorette at the Second Stage Theatre and in Adam Bock's A Small Fire, opposite Michele Pawk and Reed Birney.[11][12]

Keenan-Bolger starred as Mary Flynn in the Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along, which played at the New York City Center from February 8 through 19, 2012.[13]

In 2011, she starred in the New York Theatre Workshop production of Peter and the Starcatcher, a stage adaptation of the 2004 best-selling children's novel of a similar name. She reprised the role of Molly in the Broadway transfer production of Peter and the Starcatcher, which played at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from March 28, 2012, through January 20, 2013.[14][15] Keenan-Bolger received Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nominations for her performance.[16][17]

Keenan-Bolger played Laura Wingfield in the American Repertory Theater production of The Glass Menagerie alongside Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto and Brian J. Smith, from February 2, 2013, through March 17, 2013.[18] Keenan-Bolger reprised her role in the production's Broadway transfer, which ran from September 5, 2013, through February 23, 2014, at the Booth Theatre.[19] She received a third Tony Award nomination for her performance.[20]

Keenan-Bolger starred in the Lincoln Center production of Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy, which began performances at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on October 9, 2014.[21]

She participated in a reading of The Brave Little Toaster: The Musical as the titular character. Others involved included Carol Channing, reprising her role as the Ceiling Fan. In early 2015, she appeared in a live reading of Eric Carle's Animals, Animals for the Autistic Children's Trust in Bangor, Maine.

In 2016, Keenan-Bolger played Varya in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of The Cherry Orchard.[22]

She starred on Broadway in To Kill a Mockingbird as Scout, which opened in December 2018 and closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She received a Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Play, a Drama Desk Award,[23] an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama League Award nomination for her performance. Keenan-Bolger will resume her role when the Broadway production reopens in October 2021.[24]

Personal life

Keenan-Bolger has been married to actor John Ellison Conlee since 2010.[25] They have a son, born in 2015.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Mariachi Gringo Tammy
2015 The Visit Stacey
2017 Breakable You Jenny
2018 Diane Tally
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Education of Max Bickford N/A Episode: "Murder of the First"
2007 Law & Order Elaine Fowler Episode: "Murder Book"
Heartland Alice Episode: "Smile"
2008 The Battery's Down Voter Registration Girl Episode: "The Bronx is Up"
2012 Submissions Only Michelle Loudon Episode: "Another Interruption"
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mavis Summers Episode: "Reasonable Doubt"
Nurse Jackie Goth Patient Episode: "The Lady with the Lamp"
2015 Louie Julianne Episode: "Pot Luck"
The Good Wife Wendy Searle Episode: "Driven"
Elementary Amber Bova Episode: "The Cost of Doing Business"
2016 Good Behavior Daphne Rochefort Episode: "So You're Not an English Teacher"
2017 Blue Bloods Ellen Turner Episode: "A Deep Blue Goodbye"
NCIS: New Orleans Jolene Sawyer Episode: "Sins of the Father"
2018 Bull Kristen Grayson Episode: "A Redemption"


Year Show Role Production
2002 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Johanna Barker John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
May 10 – June 30, 2002
2005 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Olive Ostrovsky Second Stage Theatre
January 11 – March 20, 2005
Circle in the Square Theatre
April 15, 2005 – September 17, 2006
2006 Les Misérables Éponine Broadhurst Theatre
October 24, 2006 – April 22, 2007
2008 Saved Mary Playwrights Horizons
May 10 – June 22, 2008
2010 Bachelorette Katie McGinn-Cazale Theatre
July 12 – August 28, 2010
A Small Fire Jenny Bridges Playwrights Horizons
December 16, 2010 – January 30, 2011
2011 Peter and the Starcatcher Molly Aster New York Theatre Workshop
February 18 – April 24, 2011
2012 Merrily We Roll Along Mary Flynn New York City Center
February 8 – 19, 2012
Peter and the Starcatcher Molly Aster Brooks Atkinson Theatre
March 28 – December 30, 2012
2013 The Glass Menagerie Laura Wingfield American Repertory Theater
February 2 – March 17, 2013
Booth Theatre
September 5, 2013 – February 23, 2014
2014 The Oldest Boy Mother Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
October 9 – December 28, 2014
2016 The Cherry Orchard Varya American Airlines Theatre
September 15 – December 4, 2016
2017 A Parallelogram Bee Second Stage Theatre
July 11 – August 20, 2017
2018 To Kill a Mockingbird Scout Finch Shubert Theatre
November 1, 2018 – TBD, 2019

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble Performance Won
Theatre World Award Won
2007 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Les Misérables Nominated
2011 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Peter and the Starcatcher Nominated
2012 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated Audience Choice Award Favorite Actress in a Play Won
2013 Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Ensemble The Glass Menagerie Won
2014 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won
Theatre World Award Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre Won
Independent Reviewers of New England Award Best Supporting Actress in a Play Won Audience Choice Award Favorite Featured Actress in a Play Won Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Won
2019 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play To Kill a Mockingbird Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won Audience Choice Award[27] Favorite Featured Actress in a Play Won


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  2. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (June 14, 2003). "That's Amore: Guettel-Lucas Musical, The Light in the Piazza, Opens in Seattle June 14". Playbill. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
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