Keelie works as a theatre-maker, actor, dancer and educator. She has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Stella Adler Studio, HB Studios and the Niall O’Leary School of Dance. She holds a MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and a MFA in Theatre Directing from Trinity College Dublin/ The Lir Academy. Keelie was a 2015-2016 George J Mitchell Scholar.
Keelie has worked extensively as a theatre, dance and creative writing educator in public schools, universities and studios in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Her teaching experience includes Brooklyn College, the T Schreiber Studio, The Ume Group, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn Prospect, Brooklyn College Community Partnership and Community Word Project. She is currently on the Acting & Movement faculties at T Schreiber Studio, City College of New York and Brooklyn College where she teaches Acting Technique, Scene Study, Physical Theatre, On-Camera 1 and Intro to Theatre.
She competed in the 2009 Irish Dance World Championships and has appeared in world premieres and reprised works by playwrights including Charles Mee, Ben Gassman, Paul Ketchum, Elizabeth Irwin and Mac Wellman. Keelie has been a company member of the Void Theatre Company of NYC and the Blessed Unrest training ensemble. She has conceived and executed several performance art pieces. Most recently, she directed the European premiere of Julia Jarcho's 'Grimly Handsome' in Dublin, Ireland, associate directed Creative Time/ Pedro Reyes/ Meghan Finn's 'Doomocracy' at the Brooklyn Army Terminal and her first feature-length film, planet b234.
Keelie is the current Producing Artistic Director of NYC's The Ume Group, where she performed as a member of the original cast of The Ume Group's Dream Dances (2015), led The Ceíli Ensemble (2015) and directed the world premiere of 'by wing, fin, hoof or foot'. There, Keelie co-teaches The Ume Group's signature offering, the 12 Week Physical Theatre Course. Her work is largely physical and often lives at the intersection of visual art and storytelling.