About Acting

At age 17 Sarah Jane set out from her hometown of Monroe, Louisiana to conquer New York City.  Since then, she made her Broadway debut in The Green Bird and starred on Broadway and on the the 1st National Tour of SWING.  Other acting credits include The Canterbury Tales at The Guthrie Theatre, Michelle Philips in the Off-Broadway Production of The Mama’s and Papa’s Musical, the original cast of Radiant Baby directed by George C. Wolfe at the Public Theatre, Sylvie in El Paso Blue off-Broadway at the 1st annual Summer Play Festival on Theatre Row and two seasons at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  On television she played Lori King, the murderous con-artist in The District on CBS.  Other TV credits include Guiding Light and New York Undercover.  She has been seen and heard on numerous commercials and voice overs including Arby’s, AT&T, Pantene, Game Show Network, and the Oxygen Network.  Nelson studied playwrighting at Fordham Universtiy at Lincoln Center and participated in the Skidmore College University Without Walls Program.  Nelson currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.


Sarah Jane Nelson


Film & Television THE DISTRICT Lori King (Guest-star) – CBS – Directed by Jonathan LaPaglia ARFF… Samantha (lead) - Ugly Productions – Award-Winning Indie Short THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO Disco Dancer -  Directed by Whit Stillman FRIENDS FIRST & FOREMOST Rachel - Indie Feature - Green Grass Prod. NEW YORK UNDERCOVER Universal Television   Broadway THE GREEN BIRD Flying Apple original Bway cast -directed by Julie Taymor SWING! Starring - directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett / Jerry Zaks   Off-Broadway/NYC EL PASO BLUE Sylvie - Summer Play Festival / dir. Juliette Carillio DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Michelle Phillips - The Village Theatre / dir. Randall Myler RADIANT BABY Principal Stdby - The Public Theatre / dir. George C. Wolfe THE BALLAD OF LITTLE PINKS Starred in NAMT reading, music by Alan Menken/dir. Connie Grappo National/International Tours SWING! Starring - 1st National Tour /Lynne Taylor-Corbett - Jerry Zaks HAIR Sheila - 30th Anniversary European Tour/dir - Jim Rado   Regional Theatre THE CANTERBURY TALES - Sarah Nunn - Guthrie Theatre /dir. M. Bogdanov PARADISE LOST - Lucy - Oregon Shakespeare Festival / dir. Libby Appel THE MUSIC MAN - Alma Hix - Oregon Shakespeare Festival / dir. Bill Rauch IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES - Prince Music Theater / dir. Doug Wager JERRY FINNEGAN’S SISTER - Beth Finnegan - Penguin Repertory Theatre /dir.  Joe Brancato THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI - Della - Capital Repertory Theatre/ dir. Russell Kaplan TOMMY - Sally Simpson - North Shore Music Theatre/ dir. Tony Stevens   Training & Skills Education: Fordham University - Lincoln Center, Craig Carnelia Voice: Joan Lader, Marianne Challis Special Skills: Commedia, Gymnastics, Dance (jazz, rhythm tap, hip-hop, salsa, swing) Singing (Rock, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Musical Theatre) Rollerblading, Biking, Personal Trainer, Guitar and Songwriting, Painting