Rebecca Nelson

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Rebecca Nelson is best known for playing the iconic mother Jean in Hal Hartley’s Trust, a film awarded at Sundance and selected at Cannes, and for roles in his Surviving Desire and Henry Fool. Other film roles include Boopsie in The Doonesbury Special (an Academy Award nominated film), ABC Manhattan (Cannes Selection), and Marathon (both by Amir Nadieri). She also appeared in Cacaya (2017 Montreal World Film Festival Selection), Coming Soon, Unsettled Dreams, Mothers and Daughters, Hunter & Game, and Caris’ Peace. She has performed major roles at many Regional Theatres including Arena Stage, Yale Rep, Portland Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf, Santa Fe Festival Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co, The Folger Theatre, Adirondack Stage Co, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, New York Stage and Film, as well as National Tours of I’m Not Rappaport, and Deathtrap. New York theatre includes roles in The Illusion by Tony Kushner (Signature Theatre), The Orphan’s Home Cycle (Drama Desk for Best Ensemble also at Signature Theatre), Shatter, Agamemnon, Brutality of Fact (Primary Stages), Some Americans Abroad (Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center), Now That’s What I Call a Storm, My Old Lady, Waverly Gallery, Jonquil by Charles Turner, (Negro Ensemble Theatre Company), and Hot-L Baltimore, (Harold Clurman Lab). Television performances include three episodes of “Law and Order”, “America’s Most Wanted”, “One Life to Live”, “Fire at Coconut Grove”, “Guiding Light”, and “Loving”. She has been an Instructor of Acting at Harvard, Yale, NYU, and Eugene Lang College, and is currently teaching at Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Queens College. She has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

As of July 2018.

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