Ce-Lee Productions is the official new company created and run by Ce-Lee (Rachel Smith). The company was created after the stage name Ce-Lee was adopted as a way of merging all of Ce-Lee’s artistic initiatives. Although still collaborating with other companies and often working as a freelance artist, any projects primarily produced by Ce-Lee will be run under Ce-Lee Productions.
Rachel Elizabeth Smith is a very common name and in an industry dependent on name recognition, the intention of adopting a stage name was in the works for several years. Seeley was the middle name of one of Rachel’s grandmothers. Not only did the name stand out to Rachel, but she felt it was a wonderful way to honour her ancestors. The spelling was changed to add her own twist and make it more unique.
Stories are the root of all the work Ce-Lee does. Her intention is to create in whichever medium and genre best suits the story that needs to be told. Although stemming from a background in theatre, her work extends to film, music, and prose (having recently begun her work on a novel). Her inspiration arises from the history of performers: travelling from town to town telling stories as an oral storyteller, a musician or an actor. Stories are at the heart of humanity. It’s how we pass on history and lessons, how we evoke our imaginations, how we entertain and how we connect to one another. Ce-Lee’s goal is to find innovative ways of creating artistic works while honouring the heart of the story.