An Interview with Director Jennifer L. Nelson

Today, chose a DC area multifaceted artist as the subject of an indepth interview. Currently, Nelson has directed THE GOSPEL OF COLONUS for WSC Avant Bard. The show opened and performances runs through March 26 at Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia.

Jennifer is a Washington-based theater professional committed to principles that value human dignity, justice, and compassion. She brings to Mosaic Theater more than 40 years of experience as an actor, playwright, administrator, professor, director, and two-term president of the League of Washington Theatres. She is Senior Advisor for Programming at Ford’s Theatre, and previously served for 11 years as the Producing Artistic Director of the African Continuum Theatre Company, where she directed more than 20 full productions and readings. She is a 26-year veteran of Living Stage Theatre Company, the former community outreach program at Arena Stage. Nelson has directed productions at Ford’s Theatre, Round House, Woolly Mammoth, Theater of the First Amendment, Theater J, and more. As a playwright, Nelson won the Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award for Most Outstanding New Play for her play, Torn From the Headlines. She has taught at UCLA, George Washington University, and American University, most recently teaching “Theatre for Social Change” as an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University.

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