James Patrick Nelson

Sense and Sensibility ​at the American Repertory Theater. Production Photo by Ashley Garrett. 

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), A Blanket of Dust (Flea Theater) and Pygmalion (Bedlam). 

He is currently in rehearsals for Life X 3 with the New Light Theater Project, performing at Urban Stages Nov. 20th to Dec. 8th.
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 has screened in the Manhattan Film Festival, the Hollywood Film Festival, the Cannes Marketplace, and the American Film Market.

He stars in the hilarious ensemble feature film "Love in Kilnerry," the sci-fi feature film "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" recently premiered 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. 
Additional Regional Theater: Peter and the Starcatcher (Playhouse on Park), Pericles (Berkeley Rep), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Mirror Rep), Duchess of Malfi (Actors Shakespeare Center), The Norman Conquests (Depot Theater), and Romeo and Juliet, All'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).

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.


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​Headshots by Jeff Mosier.