EmJ Nelson is an actor and songwriter from the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota and lives in Queens, New York. She recently performed in Athena Theater’s Falling Forward Play Festival in an original piece by Kate Thomas, and at the Access Theater in Sean Graney’s The Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide. EmJ also had the opportunity to perform in queens by Martyna Majok, directed by Danya Taymor, during its development at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. She earned a BA in Theater Performance from the University of Missouri, where she performed in academic productions and worked professionally with Greenhouse Theatre Project in Romeo & Juliet (Juliet).
Having studied and worked as a theater artist for three years at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, she has an unshakable passion for new work, inventive storytelling, and collaboration. After spending a year in Paris, studying French and learning how to cook, EmJ moved to New York. As a young artist in this city, she loves reading plays with friends over a bottle of wine and giving voice to the powerful women created by playwrights she admires. Outside of this, you can probably find her writing songs, partaking in a bookclub with her father, and going to farmers markets.