James Patrick Nelson

James Patrick Nelson is currently starring in the world premier of Terrence McNally's new play Immortial Longings at the Zach Theatre in Austin TX, playing 6/11-7/14. 

He has appeared Off-Broadway in ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The 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), A Blanket of Dust (Flea Theater), and Bedlam's Pygmalion (Sheen). NYC: Life x 3 (New Light Theater Project), The Maids (Outliers Theatre Company), and Old Familiar Faces (NYC Fringe - Innovative Theater Award Best Actor nomination). 

He performed his original play The Second Sun at the Hudson Guild and the Signature Center. He adapted the play into a feature film, which screened at the Manhattan Film Festival, the Hollywood Film Festival, the Cannes Marketplace, and the American Film Market, and will soon be released theatrically in 20 major citites.

He stars in the hilarious ensemble feature "Love in Kilnerry," the sci-fi feature "Being," and the solo short film "The System". He plays the title character in the feature film "Adam," for which he also wrote the screenplay. "Adam" screened at NewFilmmakers NY, the New York Indie Theater Film Festival, the Manhattan Film Festival and the upcoming Network Film Festival.

James appeared in Bedlam's sold-out smash hit production of Sense and Sensibility at the American Repertory Theater and the Folger Theater, where he won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble. He reprised his role in Bedlam's Pygmalion at Central Square Theater.





He spent a year on the road with the American Shakespeare Center, in a repertory national tour of ​​​​​​​​​​Romeo and Juliet, All's Well That Ends Well, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, and A Christmas Carol. Additional regional theater included Peter and the Starcatcher (Playhouse on Park), Pericles (Berkeley Rep), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Mirror Rep), and The Duchess of Malfi (Actors' Shakespeare Project).

Additional Film/TV: "Tin Man" (NBC), "In Between Men" (NYTVF), "Happy Hour Feminism - War of the Dads" (BIFF - Best Comedy Short), "Albatross" (Cannes Marketplace), and "The Epilogue of Gregory Archambault".

James is currently developing his feature screenplay "The Custom" and his TV pilot "The Pacifist". He co-authored the forthcoming autobiography of Brian Murray, "Speak What We Feel". 

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

SAG-AFTRA / AEA