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Shawn Nelson has taught and coached film and television stars and working actors for more than 30 years. Among his many international clients are Emmy and Golden Globe nominees and winners.
He is a member of Directors Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild / AFTRA, and Actors Equity Association. Mr. Nelson has performed professionally in film, television, on stage, and has directed both for the stage and for prime-time television. He has had produced a full-length screenplay, and has written and co-written numerous others. He regularly coaches and tutors internationally by satellite.
Mr. Nelson taught his weekly Film Acting Master Class in Los Angeles for over three decades, before recently relocating to Phoenix, Arizona. He conducted, for a decade, professional seminars for acting and film directing students at the Sedona Film School (Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking) at Yavapai College. He guest lectured directing students at Liberty University Center for Cinematic Arts; he currently conducts workshops for directing students at the University of Northern Arizona film school, and teaches bi-annual master workshops in film acting and auditioning for camera at Creative Bloc for Open Range Management clients in Baton Rouge, La., one of the most active filming markets in the country.
Mr. Nelson was a regular guest instructor at Pasadena City College, and his new book on acting, "Comprehensive Contemporary Acting, A 21st Century Companion for Actors, Directors and Writers in Stage, Television and Film" has been used as course material at the University of Southern California - where he was an adjunct instructor - and at Pasadena City College. He received his bachelor's in drama from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
"Shawn’s got a great understanding of how to be specific and clear in the work. With many teachers, acting is something you learn in a vacuum and it doesn’t translate to a script. With Shawn, the work is tailored for the camera. And, it really works." - Sela Ward, twice Emmy Award winner, winner of the Golden Globe and Cable Ace Award (currently starring with Nick Nolte in 'Graves', and in Independence Day II)
"My savior in this crazy business.”- Eva Longoria, Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice nominee.
B.F.A. Drama, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem.