Theater Faculty

Mark Nelson

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Mark Nelson is an actor and director who has taught at Princeton since 2009. He appeared on Broadway in Marianne Elliot's 2018 revival of Angels in America, subbing for Nathan Lane in the role of Roy Cohn. In 2016 he toured the country as Herr Schultz in Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes. Other New York appearances include My Name Is Asher Lev; Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love (Lincoln Center); Arthur Miller’s After the Fall (Roundabout Theater); Timon of Athens (The Public Theater); The Winter’s Tale (BAM and international tour) and A Few Good Men. Favorite roles around the country include Uncle Vanya (directed by Bartlett Sher), Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Matt in Talley’s Folly, and all 36 characters in I Am My Own Wife. His TV work includes "The Good Wife," “Unforgettable," "Law & Order," and "Spin City." Mark has directed plays at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and the Juilliard School. He has received an Obie Award, a Lortel Award, the Emery Battis Award for Classical Acting, and the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. He studied acting with Uta Hagen at HB Studio, where he currently teaches. He is a graduate of Princeton.

In the news

Mark Nelson Selected as 2013 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow | BroadwayWorld, 2013

Nelson featured in performances of The Orchard: A New Adaptation of The Cherry Orchard. Performances in-person and virtual through Baryshnikov Arts Center, NY, New York, May 31-July 3, 2022.



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