Adam Nelson

Bricklayer. Fixer. Fire Starter.

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Manhattan, NY, 10014 USA

Union Membership:

SAG-AFTRA, Equity

Physical Attributes:

Age Range:

18-45

Ethnicities:

Caucasian

Attributes:

  • Male (gender),
  • 5' 7" (height),
  • 150 lbs (weight),
  • Athletic / Toned (build),
  • Black Hair (hair),
  • Hazel Eyes (eyes)

Representation:

Manager

  • 1 Little West 12th Street
  • New York City
  • NY, NY 100014

Roles:

Theater

Title Role Position Director/Company Location
A LIVING ROOM
ADAM
W/ PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN / MARISA TOMEI
MINETTA LANE, NYC
SCITZOFRIEND
ANDRE PREVIN
DIR. ZOE CALDWELL
OFF-BROADWAY, NYC
HOW TO TALK DIRTY & INFLUENCE PEOPLE
LENNY BRUCE
PRODUCER/ WRITER/ LEAD
OFF-BROADWAY, NYC
WALLYTOWN
ALAN
PUBLIC THEATER
OFF-BROADWAY, NYC
NOTIONS IN MOTION
DON PORTES
ADOBE THEATER COMPANY
OFF BROADWAY, NYC
SEX BY MAE WEST
ROCKY
NEW YORK THEATER COMPANY
OFF-BROADWAY, NYC
TALLAHASSEE (NY PREMIERE)
MADRID
MAC WELLMAN / LEN JENKIN
OFF-BROADWAY, NYC
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
HOMELESS MAN
NAKED ANGELS
OFF-BROADWAY, NYC
XXX LOVE ACT (NY PREMIERE)
REINHOLDT
CINTRA WILSON
OHIO THEATER, NYC
LICK
SCRUFF
NEW GEORGES PLAYHOUSE
NYC
CRAZY EDDIE
EDDIE
MANHATTAN CLASS COMPANY
NYC
SLEEPING CITY
OTTO
W/ SETH GREEN & JARED HARRIS)
HENRY FONDA THEATER, LA
RICHARD III
RICHARD III
DIR. CHARLES CONWELL
BBT THEATER, PHILADELPHIA
THE SEA GULL
TREPLEV
DIR. WALTER DALLAS
MERRIAM THEATER, PHILADELPHIA
HAMLET
HORATIO
DIR. AARON POSNER
ARDEN THEATER COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA
MACBETH
SEYTON
W/ ANDRE BRAUGHER | DIR. MARY B. ROBINSON
THE PHILADELPHIA DRAMA GUILD
THE LEARNED LADIES
LEPINE
W/ TAMMY GRIMES
PHILADELPHIA THEATER FESTIVAL
TALK RADIO
BARRY
PRODUCER / LEAD
STC THEATER COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA
NORMAL HEART
NED
DIR. SCOTT HITZ
BBT THEATER, PHILADELPHIA
HUCKELBERRY FINN
HUCK
EAST COAST TOUR
USA

Film

Title Role Position Director/Company Location
LISA PICARD IS FAMOUS
LISA'S PUBLICIST
DIR. GRIFFIN DUNNE
GREENSTREET FILMS
HOME SWEET HOBOKEN
HERB
W/ BEN GAZZARA
SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
SHOOTING VEGATARIANS
CHUCK
W/ ELODIE BOUCHEZ
CINEBLAST!
STARRING ADAM NELSON
ADAM
DIR. ANNICK VROOM
VROOM FILMS / NETHERLANDS
DEAD BROKE
VINNY
W/ PAUL SORVINO
SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
LESSER PROPHETS
OFFICER TEMTCHINE
W/ JOHN TURTURRO
OCTOBER FILMS
DOGS: THE RISE & FALL OF AN ALL-GIRL BOOKIE JOINT
TONY
DIR. EVE ANNENBERG
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
A TIGER'S TALE
MATT
W/ ANN MARGARET / CHARLES DURNING
UNIVERSAL FILMS

Television

Title Role Position Director/Company Location
THE APPRENTICE
SUPPORTING
SEASON I & II
ABC TELEVISION/ MARK BURNETT
ALMOST FAMOUS
RICHARD
DIR. ERIC BROSS
BBC TV
GUIDING LIGHT
JOHNNY
SUPPORTING
CBS TELEVISION
THE VESSEL
TOM
LEAD
PBS
THE HISTORY CHANNEL
GUEST STAR
LEAD
A&E NETWORK

Voiceover

Title Role Position Director/Company Location
BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU
LEAD
DIR. KATHLEEN TALBERT
USA

Education & Training

School Teacher Degree/Course Location Year
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
WALTER DALLAS, DIRECTOR
BFA
PHILADELPHIA, PA
1991
OXFORD UNIVERSITY/ BRITISH AMERICAN DRAMA ACADEMY
EARLE GISTER, DIRECTOR
CERTIFICATE
OXFORD, ENGLAND
1990
YALE UNIVERSITY
FRANK TOROK, DIRECTOR
CERTIFICATE
NEW HAVEN, CT
1989
THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS (HSPVA)
NORMA LOUDER, DIRECTOR
DIPLOMA
HOUSTON, TEXAS
1987

Career Highlights/Additional Info:

  • After the tragedy of September 11th, Adam Nelson co-produced and performed in the first celebrity production of The 24 Hour Plays to aid The NY State WTC Relief Fund with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosie Perez, Benjamin Bratt, Billy Crudup, Mary-Louise Parker, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Kyra Sedgwick, Lili Taylor, Natasha Lyonne, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, Robert Sean Leonard, Drena DeNiro, Catherine Kellner, Brendan Sexton, Jared Harris, Sam Rockwell, Fisher Stevens who appeared in six short plays, each written less than a day before the curtain raised. Under the direction of Gregory Mosher, Anna Strasberg, Pippin Parker, six plays written by Frank Pugliese, Warren Leight, Richard LaGravenese, Tamara Jenkins, Nicole Burdette and Chris Shinn debuted and closed in New York on Monday, September 24th, 2001 at the Minetta Lane Theater.
  • Called a “film star!” BY Toronto’s Now Magazine for his role as the suicidal gambler in Sundance Channel’s cult classic Dogs: The Rise & Fall of An All-Girl Bookie Joint (1996), Nelson was given exclusive permission from the Lenny Bruce Estate and the late producer Marvin Worth to produce and perform a one-person show entitled How to Talk Dirty and Influence People: The Story of Lenny Bruce which ran for a year at Workhouse Theatre before moving to the Off-Broadway house Mother located in New York’s Meatpacking District (1999). The sold-out show which benefited the charity God’s Love We Deliver received critical mentions from the Village Voice which praised his rendition as “restless, brilliant and hilarious” and TimeOut New York’s chief theatre critic, Sam Whitehead, branding him “an impresario, a notorious theatrical madman”.
  • Growing up in New York City, Adam Nelson’s career began with an actor’s grant for gifted and talented children after an appearance on Jerry Lewis’s annual Telethon. He moved to Houston, Texas to attend the elite High School of Performing Arts on scholarship where he studied Theatre. After attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he received his BFA (1991), he attended certificate programs through both Yale University (1989) and Oxford University’s British American Drama Academy (1990). Nelson returned to Manhattan to become a founding member of Workhouse Theater Company whose original membership included Adrienne Shelly, Gil Bellows, Calista Flockhart, Dean Winters, James Mcaffrey and Tom Seizmore. He gained broad recognition through appearances in feature films A Tiger’s Tale (1988) with Ann Margaret, Lesser Prophets with John Turturro (1997), Dead Broke with Justin Theroux (1999), Home Sweet Hoboken with Ben Gazzara (2001) and Shooting Vegetarians with Elodie Bouchez (2005). Best known for his work in theater, Nelson was associated with some of New York’s most notable theater company's including Naked Angels, Cucaracha Theater Company, Manhattan Class Company, Circle Rep, Arden Party and the Adobe Theater Company.
  • Adam Nelson co-produced and performed in a second celebrity production of The 24 Hour Plays to aid The NY State WTC Relief Fund with William H Macy, Ted Danson, Jennifer Grey, Joel Grey, Carla Gugino, Breckin Meyer, Johnathon Schaeck, Mary Keller, Dylan Bruno, Beth Littleford and Amy Yasbeck, Jane Adams, Christina Applegate, Jennifer Coolidge, Portia Di Rossi, Seth Green, Adam Goldberg, Clark Gregg, Paul Guilfoyle, Devon Gummersall, Jared Harris, Jeffrey Jones, Mila Kunis, Ann Magnuson, Gina Phillips, John Ritter, Sarah Silverman, Ione Skye, Brooke Smith, and Adam Tomei who appeared in six short plays, each written less than a day before the curtain raised. Under the direction of Morgan J Freeman, David Lee Strasberg, Neil Pepe, Tom Quaintance and Mike Uppendahl, six plays written by Beth Henley, Neil Labute, Bruce Vilanch, Hilly Hicks, Alexandra Cunningham and John Belluso debuted and closed in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24th, 2002 at the Henry Fonda Theater.