James Patrick Nelson

James Patrick Nelson has appeared Off-Broadway in Three Sisters with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, A Midsummer Night's Dream with Bebe Neuwirth and Christina Ricci, Ivanov with Ethan Hawke and Joely Richardson (Classic Stage Company)
Rutherford and Son (Mint Theater Company), The Death of Bessie Smith (New Brooklyn Theater), and Pygmalion (Bedlam). He is currently appearing in the Off-Broadway premier of A Blanket of Dust at the Flea Theater.
He was nominated for two Innovative Theater awards for the world premier of Old Familiar Faces in the NYC Fringe, and he starred in the Outliers Theatre Company's inaugural production of The Maids

His first play, The Second Sun, received numerous workshops, performing at the Hudson Guild and the Signature Center. He adapted the play into a feature film, which premiered in the Manhattan Film Festival, and recently screened at Cannes.

He stars in the hilarious ensemble feature film "Love in Kilnerry," and the sci-fi feature film "Being". He has been shooting the short film "The Last Stop" and the web series "Livin' the Dream". He plays the title character in the upcoming feature film "Adam," for which he also wrote the screenplay. "Adam" will be screening this September with NewFilmmakers NY.

James received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble for the critically acclaimed sold-out production of Sense and Sensibility at the Folger Theater in DC, directed by Eric Tucker. He recently reprised his role in Bedlam's production at the American Repertory Theater. Next year, he will reprise his role in Bedlam's Pygmalion at the Central Square Theater. 
Regional Theater: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Mirror Rep), Pericles (Berkeley Repertory Theater), The Group (Actors Theate of Louisville), 
Duchess of Malfi (Actors' Shakespeare Project),  Galileo (Central Square Theatre), The Norman Conquests (Depot Theater), Much Ado About NothingThe Tempest (Olney Theater), and a year long national tour of Romeo and JulietAll's Well That Ends Well, Knight of the Burning Pestle, and A Christmas Carol  (American Shakespeare Center). 
Additional Film/TV: "Tin Man" (NBC pilot), "In Between Men" (New York Television Festival), “Happy Hour Feminism” (BIFF, Best Comedy Short), "Albatross" (Cannes), and the forthcoming "Finer Homes and Gangsters".

James is currently developing three additional feature screenplays and an episodic television series.

Education: BFA Boston University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.


​Photos by Jeff Mosier.


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