I’m a storyteller who grew up in Santa Fe and Chamisal, New Mexico. After spending nine years in Boston, I’m now based in Austin, Texas.

I have an incredible spouse who’s a medical social worker, Jewish learning enthusiast, and heavy metal bassist. Together we have a delightful one-year-old who loves music, stacking cups, and staring directly into your soul for long periods of time without blinking. We are owned by a neurotic grey cat named Juniper. 

who i am

I write about and for weirdos who live in between, and the way their (our) inbetweenness unshackles magic. I’m fascinated by the challenge of embodying the mystical in idiosyncratic, mundane ways.
I write because I believe stories have the power to decenter the powerful. We desperately need narratives that cherish people and ideas that our dominant culture calls profane.

​I write because it forces me out of my comfort zone, deepens my values of gratitude and empathy, forces me to constantly listen more, listen more, listen more. I write worlds where realism includes what’s beyond the seen, worlds where language carries meaning but also rhythm and music and physical power. I write to create vessels for performers who otherwise never get to play people like themselves onstage.

why i bother


American Opera Initiative - yearlong mentorship program and commision with the Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center

Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin - MFA in Playwriting (with a secondary in fiction and a smattering of poetry+screenwriting), class of 2020

Company One, Boston ~ 2016 PlayLab Fellow / Summer 2011 Playwriting Apprentice

GrubStreet Writers’ Workshop ~ classes in poetry + ongoing growth as a storyteller

Harvard College ~ A.B. magna cum laude, Special Concentration in Theater Arts & Language Citation in Italian, 2011

Teatro alla Scala, Milan ~ Directing Intern, Summer 2010

Shakespeare & Co. ~ Playwriting & Directing Intern, Summer 2009

Santa Fe High School class of 2007, where unsung hero teachers Joey Chavez and Fritz Anders got me hooked on art.


2020 Semifinalist for the O’Neill and PlayPenn new play conferences - BOG BUTTER

2019 & 2020 Finalist for SPACE on Ryder Farm - BREAD/BLOOD

Kennedy Center's Darrel Ayers TYA Playwriting Awards (1st place 2019 - WEBBED HANDS, 2nd place 2018 - LA LLORONA)

2018 Finalist for the Playwrights’ Center Core Apprenticeship - BOG BUTTER

2017-2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship

The 2016 Princess Grace Award (runner up) - LA LLORONA

The 2016 Kilroys List (honorable mention) - LA LLORONA

Cecelia’s work has been developed and produced with the Washington National Opera, LOLA Austin, UTNT (UT New Theater), Fresh Ink Theatre, Cohesion Theatre, Venus Theatre, the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Project:project devising collective, the Boston Theater Marathon, the Great Plains Theater Conference, the ART’s Loeb Ex, Harvard Playwrights’ Festival, and a variety of other venues.