Katie Celia (nee Coffman) is a southern California native whose earliest memory was seeing The Little Mermaid in the balcony of the El Capitan. Fueled by her lifelong passion for film, she attended Chapman University earning both a BFA in Film Production and a BS in Business Administration. While at Chapman University, Katie produced a prolific six short films, including TriggerStreet Festival Finalist Confessions of a Peepshow Junkie and Super 16mm film Beyond the Window which was nominated for Best Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best undergraduate film by Chapman University.
After graduating, Katie worked at Innovative Artists, a Santa Monica based talent agency learning the ins and outs of the deal side of the industry. She also continued to produce independent projects, like the web-series Ben and Burman which was featured on the website Daily Motion.
Creatively thirsting for something more, she began freelance writing as a means of self-expression and quickly discovered she had a gift for words and finding the heart of the story. Her work has been featured on the female comedy website Comediva and her short story “The October Elf” was awarded the “Option This Now” Prize in the First Entertainment Write-Off Contest. Katie has written several spec commercials for clients such as Southern Comfort, Dove, Speedstick, and Chevy.
Her latest project is her first feature-length film, the documentary Off The Floor: The Rise of Contemporary Pole Dance which she co-directed and wrote with her husband and frequent collaborator Matthew Celia. The film follows Jagged, the first ever contemporary pole dance company, and explores the struggles of pole dancers everywhere to legitimize their beautiful and emerging art form.
When not nose-deep in the documentary, Katie is currently developing several different projects.