"Celeste is fiercely funny and she keeps everyone around her on their toes. She is a smart, infinitely dynamic, generous performer and also a terrific collaborator.”
– Leigh Silverman, Director
Celeste Den, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA
Celeste Den's fellowship will focus on developing skills as a self-generating theatre artist. She will train with the SITI Company to refine her physicality and learn the Lecoq technique for physicalizing original narratives so she can develop a solo piece utilizing stories from her own experience as an undocumented immigrant, as well as stories from the Asian and Latinx undocumented communities in Los Angeles and Orange County. South Coast Repertory’s (SCR) community in Orange County is vibrantly diverse and includes large Latinx and Asian American communities. Celeste's project provides the opportunity for SCR to join national and local conversations about immigration and American inclusiveness. Her project is tailor-made to address the stated objective of SCR's recently adopted long-range plan to "face outward,” and put into action their priority to do more work that's rooted in community and reflective of Orange County's great cultural diversity. This will be the first time their theatre has undertaken a project centered on an actor's creation of a solo show using a community-based process. Celeste received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Florida and her MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts. She has worked with South Coast Rep, Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center for New Performance, LA Women's Shakespeare, East West Players and Playwrights’ Arena.
The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) have announced the 12 round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships recipients. Funded by the Fox Foundation and administered by TCG, the fellowship is designed to further actors’ artistic and professional development, and is one of only a few programs of its kind for actors in the country.