Bill Nelson is a New York-based lyricist, bookwriter and playwright. With composer Anna K. Jacobs he wrote Harmony, Kansas which premiered in San Diego in 2012 (four SCENIE Awards, three San Diego Theatre Critics Circle nominations). Written with composer Joseph Trefler, Men with Money has enjoyed presentations at the Secret Theater, Lincoln Center, etc., and will receive its world premiere at the Aurora Theatre in Georgia, spring 2019. He also wrote Bill Nelson’s All-Male Revue—a revue of his songs conceived and directed by William Finn for Barrington Stage Co. His plays have been seen across the country and his songs have been presented around the world, including Lincoln Center's Broadway's Future Songbook: Bill Nelson, Finn’s Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers at Joe’s Pub and Barrington Stage Company, and New York Theatre Barn’s The Oh, So Sexy Songs of Bill Nelson. Bill Nelson's Nutcrackin' Christmas: An All-Original, Ridiculously Merry Cabaret/Variety Brouhaha! premiered in New York in 2016.
Originally from the Midwest, Bill co-founded and ran Burning Moon Productions, a Kansas City theatre group dedicated to staging works about gay folks. Among the shows he's written under this umbrella are Tales from Gaydom and Mishappenance. For Imagination Studio he wrote the serial, Welcome to Paradise. He's also penned production scripts for the Heartland Men's Chorus.
Bill was a winner of 2015’s New Voices Project sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. He’s a published lyricist, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, and a member of the Advanced BMI Workshop. He was recognized as NEO7 (New, Emerging, Outstanding) Musical Theatre Writer by York Theatre Company. He received an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU-Tisch where he wrote, with composer Daniel Lincoln, the musical Savannah: a Jazz Fable. He's a teaching artist (teaching theatre writing) for the Dramatists Guild Fund. He’s currently working new projects with various composers including Will Aronson.
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