Celia’s passion for music and theater performance began as a small child growing up in Santa Barbara, California, where she performed as the piano-playing Amaryllis in The Music Man.  When Celia’s family moved to Washington, DC, she was introduced to folk music and to progressive politics.  She picked up the guitar, imitating the topical singer-songwriters of the day, and becoming the leader of a group of rebellious teens at the Catholic Girls School she attended.

A single mother at age 19, Celia kept her dream alive, putting herself through theatre school and piecing together a career in performing arts, as well as doing all kinds of odd jobs just to get by.

After graduating with a degree from the University of Massachusetts in Theater and Education, Celia taught drama in the Boston and Brookline Public Schools, directed youth and community theater, and performed as a singer in clubs and coffeehouses; filling in with secretarial work and menial jobs when all else failed.

In the 1980’s she went back to school to earn a Masters Degree from Lesley University that combined her work in Theater and Education with Voice and Jazz studies at New England Conservatory.  She continued to teach and to perform, including a seven-month stint in 1991 singing at the Bamboo Bar in the legendary Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand (often cited as World’s Number # Hotel).

Upon returning to Boston, Celia worked Bill Castellino, New York-based director of many well known cabaret acts (Anne Hampton Calloway, Amanda McBroom),  to create a one-woman musical show, Moving Target, about growing up in the 60’s and 70’s.  She toured the show throughout New England, on the west coast and at the Montreal Fringe Festival.

Celia has taught well over 200 classes at the college and university level, including:  Acting (U. of Mass Boston, Mt. Ida College); Drama for Leadership (Cambridge College – M. Ed. program) Drama in Education (Lesley University M. Ed. Program – conducted on campuses throughout the U.S), and Public Speaking (Fitchburg and Salem State Universities).   She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Theater and Communications Department at Salem State University.

In 2005, Celia completed her Level III Certification in Somatic Voicework™ (The Lovetri Method), a state-of-the-art vocal technique, and founded Celia Slattery Voice and Performance Studio in Davis Square, Somerville.  In addition to teaching in her private studio, Celia has given voice workshops in venues like New England Conservatory Summer School, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and the Northeast Folk Alliance, and presentations and workshops for speakers at places like Biogen Idec, Harvard Design School and the Boston Bar Association. She continues to perform as a singer and has released three CDs – most recently Our Life Together, an album of originals.