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Emily Elisabeth Welty delivers talk on nuclear disarmament


Artist, Activist & Academic

Emily Welty is a theatre-maker living in Rockaway Beach, New York City. When not writing plays, Emily directs one of the largest Peace and Justice Studies programs in the USA and is part of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons team that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Passionate about theatre,
committed to social justice

My work has been seen at Joe’s Pub, The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Little Theatre. I've  worked with The Civilians, New Perspectives Lab, The New Group, Bechdel Group, Fail Better Collective and Einhorn School of Performing Arts. I'm a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.


My play "Delphi Falls" was produced as part of the 2023 Meganne George Women's Work Short Play Festival. “What Do You Say at the End of the World?” was a finalist for Best Play in the Long Island City One Act Play Festival and won Best Actress. It was also performed as part of the Emerging Artists New Works Festival in New York City and was a finalist for the Little Fish Theatre 2019 Pick of the Vine Festival.


I was assistant director of what The New Yorker described as the "profoundly devastating"  2019 premiere of No One Is Forgotten (also reviewed by The New York Times andTimeOut).


When not playwrighting, I direct one of the largest undergraduate Peace and Justice Studies program in the USA at Pace University, New York City. I am part of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) team awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.


I am co-author and editor of Peace and Justice Studies: Critical Pedagogy (2019), Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East (2007) and Occupying Political Science (2013). 

Emily Welty at NYCAN nuclear disarmament demonstration
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