Rose of Tralee

Arizona Rose: Kelsey Kelleher

My name is Kelsey Kelleher and I am thrilled to be your 2018 Arizona Rose, blooming in the beautiful desert city of Phoenix, Arizona.  I am twenty-five years old and I graduated with honours from Arizona State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design & Production with Dance and Music minors. 

I am proud to work in the heart of the Arizona Celtic community: the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library.  My passion to promote Celtic culture and to build a strong young Irish network has led me to become the President of the Friends of Saint Patrick Arizona Chapter, row on Currach Team Phoenix, and dance with the Michael Patrick Gallagher School of Irish Dance.  In addition, I am a volunteer for the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home Horsemanship Program.

I greatly love the arts and have performed on stage, film, and even in the jousting arena at Renaissance Festivals.  I dream to instill joy through performance art and my goal is to study and work in therapeutic children’s theatre in areas of post or mid-conflict.

I have dreamed of being a Rose since I was twelve years old; representing Arizona is a dream come true!