Celia Keenan-Bolger on How Actors Can Change the World

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Celia Keenan-Bolger has for years been one of New York’s most respected actors and community activists, as passionate in her politics as she is onstage. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, where she studied musical theater at the University of Michigan, she’s worked steadily on and Off-Broadway, totaling four Tony Award nominations: for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “The Glass Menagerie,” and this season, Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed adaptation of the Harper Lee classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Her Scout Finch is one of the most incandescent performances on Broadway today. 

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“I think actors can save the world by being storytellers and great empathizers,” Keenan-Bolger tells Backstage. She also has words of wisdom on how to balance work and family, avoid burnout, channel grief into the craft, and avoid the actorly tendency to “compare and despair.”

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Jack Smart
Jack Smart is the awards editor at Backstage, where he covers all things Emmy, SAG, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He also produces and hosts Backstage’s awards podcast “In the Envelope” and has interviewed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen.
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