She served as vice-chair of new play development for the American College Theatre Festival, Region VIII, and Coordinator of the new play development workshop for The Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Nelson is an experienced actress, director, a produced and award-winning playwright, and dramaturg.
In winter 2011, Nelson received the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion at the festival. Nelson is the third KCACTF Medallion recipient from BYU. Harold Oaks received the Medallion in 1979, and Charles Metten received it in 1995. There have been only four other recipients from Utah.
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Medallion is awarded for outstanding contributions to the Festival by interested faculty, staff, administrators, or organizations. It is the most coveted award given by the KCACTF and is considered one of the great honors in theatre education.