Rebecca Nelson

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Rebecca Nelson can be seen in the upcoming Hulu limited series The Girl From Plainville, in a guest starring role. She will also guest star in the upcoming film, Bloat, and recently completed an episode of “Bull” on CBS. She 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 directed 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, The Secret Life of Seaweed, 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) and most recently, QC audiences saw her as Karen in The Crowd You’re In With directed by QC Professor Claudia Feldstein. Television performances include “Law and Order”, (three episodes) “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.

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