Theater critic, arts journalist, teacher

2004 Living Legacy Awards Honoree

Women’s International Center celebrates the life and contributions of a remarkable woman.

Anne Marie Welsh began her career as a trailblazer. At the age of 14, she was the first female stringer for high school sports at the Buffalo Evening News. Welsh earned her B.A. from Manhattanville College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in literature and drama from the University of Rochester. There she was a University Fellow and taught the first of many college courses in writing, poetry, and drama. Welsh, trained in ballet and modern dance, has been a staff dance and theater critic for daily newspapers in Washington, D.C., Denver and San Diego where she now covers a vibrant theater scene for the Union-Tribune. A strong advocate for women’s voices in theater and for liberal support of the arts, she has published in newspapers across the country including The Washington Star, the Baltimore Sun and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as in journals and books including Ballet International, George Balanchine’s Complete Stories of the Great Ballets, the Harper Anthology of American Literature – some 5000 reviews and articles in all.

Welsh co-edited The Longman Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Drama and the forthcoming Shakespeare: Script, Stage and Screen. She has led panels on literature and the arts for the National Press Club, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, The Shakespeare Society, and the Kyoto Laureate Symposium. A sometimes poet and novelist, she recharges from time to time with creative writing residencies, most recently at Chicago’s Ragdale Foundation for the Arts. Welsh is president of the San Diego Theater Critics Circle and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, San Diego.

Her gender has made possible her most treasured role as the proud mother of sons Adam, Martin and Casimir Morawski.

The 2004 Living Legacy Award acknowledges and honors the accomplishments and contributions of Anne Marie Welsh.

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