In May 2014, Celia Quillian graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wake Forest University as a Presidential Scholar in Theatre and a member of Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa Honors Societies, with a B.A. Degree in both Theatre and Communication (Media). Since returning to Atlanta, Georgia to start her career in acting for film and theatre, Celia has been cast in a total of fourteen indie short films and feature films. In February 2015, Celia made her professional theatre debut as "Eva" in Georgia Ensemble Theatre's production of "And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank," and soon thereafter performed as "Gretchen" in The Gypsy Theatre Company's April 2015 production of "Boeing, Boeing."
Celia dedicated her time at Wake Forest to actively learning about all aspects of the theatre world, ranging from acting on stage to Digital Media promotions for theatre. Her liberal arts education has exposed her to a variety of perspectives on the arts and has enhanced her training significantly, exposing her to a plethora of performance, technical, and managerial areas in the theatre.
With a strong background in acting and singing, as well as experience in playing a wide range of ages and character types, Celia can confidently attack a variety of theatre genres. Outside of school, Celia has trained with such professionals as Shuler Hensley and Drew Doege, and enrolled in private voice lessons for the past eight years. In the summer of 2013, she also studied Suzuki training with Tara Franklin while an apprentice at Berkshire Theatre group. Highlights of Celia's time at Wake Forest include playing "Catherine" in The Last 5 Years, "Liz Morden/Dawes" in Our Country's Good, "Celia" in As You Like It, and "Evelyn Briggs" in Independence.
As a Presidential Scholar in Theatre, Celia assisted with the building, painting, and striking of all Main Stage shows in her time at Wake Forest University, and has a wealth of experience in set construction and tools. In the fall of 2012, she served as the props master for Wake Forest’s Main Stage Production of “Marisol,” by Jose Rivera, igniting a new passion for pulling, purchasing, constructing, and painting properties, using everything from Photoshop to band saws to hot knives.
In the fall of 2011, Celia’s passions continued to stretch into the realm of filmmaking and Public Relations when she simultaneously enrolled in her first film class at Wake Forest University and joined the new Public Relations committee for the Anthony Aston Players, a student organization dedicated to serving the University Theatre. Since that time, she has written, filmed, and uploaded to YouTube over thirty-five promotional films for all Main Stage and Anthony Aston Players shows, in addition to making a number of short film projects for her classes at Wake Forest. In Spring 2013, she also worked on the Promotion Production Team for the Reynolda Film Festival, where she, along with a group of four students and a faculty adviser, collaborated, wrote, cast, filmed, and edited a total of four promotional films for the Festival. Additionally, Celia served the Anthony Aston Players by scouting a location and working as the photographer for “God of Carnage," “Steel Magnolias," and "Sylvia" photo calls and later editing and uploading the images. In Spring 2013, Celia studied abroad in London, England, where she studied playwriting and saw over 40 professional productions. Finally, in May 2013, Celia was elected Public Relations Chair of the Anthony Aston Players Executive board.
Celia is currently pursuing her dreams of acting and writing from her home base in Atlanta.