Chelsea Watts is a New York City based actress and operatically trained singer. She was born in Malta, MT to Eugene Watts and Paige Simanton and was raised between Northeastern Montana and Southern California. From a young age Chelsea loved to play dress up with her cousins and was self-directed in creating opportunities to perform, often for her family. One of her earliest performances was a variety show featuring twelve of her cousins in their grandparent’s dining room on the farm, an inspiration that came to her by watching the movie Radioland Murders (1994). Throughout grade school and middle school, Chelsea was often selected as a soloist in her school choir and performed lead roles in the school plays. Around age 12, Chelsea began to formally study voice and by high school she had won several awards for singing, including winning the National Junior Miss Talent Award for her performance of ‘O mio babbino caro.’ This experience, along with other successful forays into operatic music influenced Chelsea to pursue opera in college.
She attended two years at The University of Montana and then transferred to Portland State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, emphasis in vocal performance. Throughout college, Chelsea was praised not only for her beautiful voice, but also for her presence on stage, her skill as an actress and her embodiment of the roles she portrayed. Upon graduation, she moved to New York to continue studying voice and work with Martina Arroyo through her young artists program, Prelude to Performance. Around this time, Chelsea began to turn her focus to acting for film and also to experience success in commercial work. Her first real break in film and television came through participating in ABC’s Diversity Showcase, after which she booked a guest star on ABC’s Betrayal and a series regular role on The Verge with her fellow showcase alum, Mark St. Cyr.
Chelsea approaches acting and singing with the same passion for fun, play and discovery that she’s had since those early days on her grandparent’s farm. Through projects like The Storyteller’s Workshop where she works with junior high students, empowering them to tell their own stories and partnering with up and coming fashion designers to teaching acting to filmmaking grad students in Uganda, Chealsea’s committed to creating, empowering and sharing great art. She has had the great pleasure of working with such established artists as Ann Dowd, Andrew Stewart-Jones and Anthony Laciura. Keep an eye out for this rising star.