Bruce Nelson

Bruce Nelson - Producer

Bruce Nelson won a Telly Award for his first short film, Tales of Tobacco. His short film Raglin Tales was an official selection of the Arizona Black Film Showcase, Phoenix Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival and received Special Mention Award from the I Filmmaker International Film Festival in Spain. His documentary North Town was an official selection of the Jerome Independent Film & Music Festival, the American Online Film Awards Festival and The Sir Charles Darwin Film Festival (UK) TruDocumentary Film Festival 2016, and Docs Without Borders Film Festival 2016 (Exceptional Merit award winner).

North Town is now on Amazon.  His documentary Nile Theater was an official selection of the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival 2016 and the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival 2016. Gospel Radio Man his third documentary is an official selection of the Christian Film Festival 2016, (Best short Documentary Award) the St Louis Black Film Festival 2016, Twin Cities Black Film Festival 2016, Afro Film Festival “Ananse” 2017, Houston Black Film Festival, Columbus International Black Film Festival, Rendezvous Film Festival, and the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Nelson has produced numerous productions in Arizona and has directed stage productions in Arizona and California. His production of Shades of Blue Jazz, a theater piece, was presented at the Mesa Arts Center to sellout crowds. His recent production of Simply Sammy a musical celebration of Sammy Davis Jr. had great success produced at the Desert Foothill’s Theater. He was nominated for AriZoni Awards for choreographing Fame the Musical, at Desert FootHills Theater and A Dickens of A Fest.

Bruce Nelson - The Beginning

Bruce Nelson began his training at Phoenix Center for the Arts there he studied acting, dance, voice and mime. He strengthened his dramatic training at the Will Geer Theatricum Bontanicum Topanga Canyon, CA he completed five week  intensive summer classical professional training program studied disciplines in voice (speaking), speech, rhetoric, Shakespearean verse, monologue, scene study, scansion, period movement, mime, and fencing.    At University Of Southern Maine he completed a two-year Teacher Training Certification Program at the University of Southern Maine in affiliation with the National Michael Chekhov Association in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique.

Bruce began his acting career onstage in Toronto at Toronto Workshop Productions, where he worked in repertory for four seasons under the direction of George Luscombe.  Nelson was part of the ensemble in Luscombe’s original productions of Ain’t Lookin’, Hey Rube, The Holiday Show (A one man show), The Medicine Show, and the national tour of Ain’t Lookin’.  Luscombe trained his company in the Stanislavski System, (Method Acting) and Laban Efforts. During his five years in Toronto Nelson was part of the famous Second City Company where he performed in the summer stock company, Main Stage, and he was part of the first Second City Toronto national touring company with Michael  Meyers. 

Nelson’s film acting credits include: Poison Sky, Raising Buchanan, No Code Of Conduct, starring Charlie and Martin Sheen, Blind Eye, starring Robert Culp, Arizona Summer, starring with Morgan Fairchild, Lee Majors, Neatherbeast Incorporated starring Robert Wagner, Jason Mewes, Darryl Hammond, and Judd Nelson, Take Me Home Tonight where he plays opposite Michael Biehn of Terminator.

Nelson has performed nationally and internationally in Off Off-Broadway shows and regional theater in productions of Pippin, The Robber Bridegroom, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, You Can’t Take It With You, Six Degrees of Separation, A Raisin in The Sun, The Good Person of Szechwan, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Hey Rube, The Medicine, and Ain’t Lookin’.


Poison Sky

Judge Bullock

Controversial Pic

Dir Steve Wargo

Raising Buchanan

Det. Hosteller

Chees Board Prod.

Dir Bruce Dellis

Dirty Little Trick


Ronalds Brother Prod.

Dir Brian Skiba

Everything Must Go


Lions Gate

Dir. Dan Rush

Take Me Home Tonight


Universal Studios

Dir. Michael Dowse

Netherbeast Incorporated


Shoreline Pictures

Dir. Dean Ronalds

No Code of Conduct



Dir. Bret Michaels

The Salena Incident


Lion’s Gate

Dir. Dustin Rikert


Mr. Callaway

Ronald’s Brothers Prod.

Dir. Annie Wood

Forget About It

FBI Agent

Beverly Hills Studio

Dir. B J. Davis

No Where Man


Lions Gate Films

Dir. Dustin Rikert

Arizona Summer


WestPark Prod.

Dir. Joey Trovolta

Blind Eye


Red Racer Prod.

Dir John Fedkew

The Borrower



Dir. Peter McCubbin



11th Hour Productions

Dir. P. O’Neill

Strange Days


20th Century Fox

Dir. K. Bigelow


To Kill A Mockingbird

Rev. Sykes

AZ Theater Company

Dir. Sam Weir

August In April (Fences)


iCollaborative Theatre

Dir. C. St. Clair

  • Two Trains…
  • King Hedley
  • Ma Rainey’s…
  • Joe Turners…
  • Red
  • King Hedley
  • Levee
  • Bynum

The Good Person of Setzuan


Sacramento Theater Co.

Dir. T. Ocel

Much Ado About Nothing


Hermosa Civic Theater

Dir. T. Ashworth

My Fair Lady


AZ Theater Company

Dir. G.Gisselman

Two Gentleman of Verona


SW Shakespeare

Dir. J. Roher

Afternoon of Shakespeare


W. Geer Theatricum

Dir. E. Geer

You Can’t Take It With You


AZ Theater Comp.

Dir. G. Gissleman

A Solder’s Story


Attic Theater

Dir. C. Cook

A Raisin in the Sun


Black Theater Canada

Dir. B. Gahsayis

The Robber Bridegroom


AZ Theater Comp.

Dir. G. Gissleman

Six Degrees of Separation


Phoenix Theater

Dir. Gary Griffin

The Gift Horse


AZ Jewish Theater

Dir. B. Sorenson

A Christmas Carol

Fezziwig/Young Scrooge

San Diego Rep. Theater

Dir. W. Schoen

A Slice of Life In Black…


Coronet Theater

Dir. V. Capers

Dear Esther


AZ Jewish Theater

Dir. Colin Ross

To Kill a Mockingbird


Actor’s Lab

Dir. J Rothman

The All Nite Strut


Desert Foothill Theater

Dir. D. Dee Wood

Simply Sammy

Man #1

Desert Foothills Theater

Dir. Bruce Nelson

TV and Commercials



Johnny Cash Special





CBC TV/Dir. Dave Thomas

Truth In Advertising (Models)


Truth In Advertising (Disappearing mom)


Sheraton Hotel


Power Bar


First Federal Bank


Home Entertainment Center


Dr. O’s Singing Room



Illuma Studios


Illuma Studios

Midtown Sunset

Jazz Poetry CD

Bang the Drum Slowly

Radio Drama

LA Theater Works

The Porch

Audio Drama

Sweet Charity Productions

The Cheshire Cat


Education & Training

Will Geer Theatricum Bontanicum, Topanga Canyon, CA – Completed a five-week intensive summer professional actor-training program studying disciplines in voice, speech, rhetoric, mask, monologue, and Shakespearean verse.

University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME—Completed two-year M. Chekhov Acting Teacher Training Certification Program in Affiliation with the National Chekhov Association.

Los Angeles County Counsel, Los Angeles, CA – Three-week training program on child and adolescent development and interviewing techniques.

Mesa Community College

Mesa, AZ

Phoenix Performing Arts Center

Completed two-year theater training program studying acting, voice (singing) pantomime, and dance (ballet/jazz).

Phoenix, AZ

Les Ballet Jazz of Montreal

Studied Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and Modern Jazz.

Toronto, Canada

Dance Companies

Lula Washington Dance Theater, Jazz Antiqua Music and Dance Ensemble, and Karen McDonald: New Age Dance Company.

Los Angeles, CA