Some of Nelson's directing credits include The Affair, The Diary of Anne Frank, and W;t (U of U); The First Water Project (the opening play in The Water Project at the Salt Lake Acting Company); Handing Down the Names by Steven Dietz, Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, and The School for Wives by Molière (BYU).
Several stage acting credits include the title role in Macbeth and Prospero in The Tempest (BYU-Hawaii); Judge Danforth in The Crucible (BYU Provo); and Sorin in The Seagull (Rose Wagner).
Recent film credits include Isaac Hale in Emma Smith: My Story and Joseph Smith (both directed by Gary Cook); Professor in Pride and Prejudice (directed by Andrew Black); Judge Richard Young in Hancock County (directed by Merrill Demick), and Parker in Brigham City (directed by Richard Dutcher).
Nelson has given dozens of presentations at professional conferences, including the American Society for Theatre Research, the American Theatre Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Comparative Drama Conference, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Association, the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association, and the Utah Theatre Association. He has published on the teaching of Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Quarterly (vol. 35, no. 5), and on the 19 stage plays of Samuel Beckett in "Standing in Their Shifts Itself. . .": Irish Drama from Farquhar to Friel (European Library of Irish Studies, vol. 1).
He and the former Char Pomeroy are the parents of four.