Andrew Nielson is an AEA actor, cellist, writer, director, and producer based in New York City.
As an actor, Andrew has been seen on stages throughout NYC and the United States, including playing the well-intentioned but musically challenged Bank Manager in Once: The Musical at The Fulton Theatre (Artistic Director Marc Robin) and Virginia Repertory Theatre under the direction of Nathaniel Shaw and the music direction of J. Michael Zygo (Original Broadway Cast, Once: The Musical), as well as Theatre Raleigh’s production under the direction of Tim Seib (Artistic Director Lauren Kennedy). BroadwayWorld says, "Andrew Nielson is wonderfully cast as the awkward Bank Manager," and The Snapper praises Andrew's performance of Abandoned in Bandon, which "draws laugh as Nielson’s Bank Manager sings his little musically tone deaf heart out."
Andrew also originated the 6 role track of Benjamin/Micha/Naphtali (and others) in the outrageous but heartfelt new musical comedy The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby at Firebone Theatre. Time Out New York raves: “Andrew Nielson, who recalls a Young Jim Carrey, gives the show real laughs!”
Andrew is also a cellist who has performed with artists including Alan Cumming, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kate Baldwin, Tituss Burgess, Michael Cerveris, Jennifer Holliday, Molly Pope, Chip Zien, Michael J. Moritz, Henry Koperski, Lance Horne, Catherine Cohen, Brendan Maclean, Elizabeth A. Davis, Christopher Sieber, James Monroe Iglehart, Kris Kukul, John McDaniel, Bonnie Milligan, Robbie Rozelle, Christina Sajous, Matt Doyle, Jessica Vosk, Abby Mueller, Karen Ziemba, Carrie Manolakos, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Nathan Salstone, Cameron Moncur, Lauren Marcus, J. Michael Zygo, Brett Pruneau, Jim Walton, Samantha Massell, Dana Costello, Celia Hottenstein, Mavis Simpson Ernst, Kevin Massey, Mary Stout, Michael Crotier, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Carmine Covelli, Gillian Berkowitz, Jill Sobule, Jackie Burns, Teal Wicks, Julie James, Lilla Crawford, and Mackenzie Mauzy...to name a few!
Andrew has served as cellist in the pit orchestras of productions of The Light in the Piazza, Floyd Collins, Baby, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, Jane Eyre, Andre Catrini's new musical The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit, and more! Recordings include Broadway Against Bullying's I Have A Voice (Frank Wildhorn), Broadway For Autism's Defying Gravity, The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit Original Cast Recording, multiple tracks with Australian pop singer Brendan Maclean, Brittany Brook's The Way To The Lighthouse, etc.
In addition to his performance work, Andrew is an accomplished and award-winning writer and filmmaker. A member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Andrew’s church satire series Plant: The Second Coming was included on the ballot for the 2017 Emmy Awards. Plant was also recognized by the Indie Series Awards (including a nomination for Andrew as Best Comedy Writer and Best Comedy Director), as well as screening at the world-renowned Nashville Film Festival, Hollyweb Festival, and NYC Web Fest (Best Writing Nomination). Plant’s second season premiered in 2016 at The Anthology Film Archives.
Recently, Andrew co-wrote and performed An Evening with Eustace and Laurie Brockovich at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre. Eustace and Laurie started as characters in the public-access parody sketch series Dabblin’! With Eustace and Laurie Brockovich. You can see more of Andrew’s sketch comedy work HERE.
Andrew’s newest writing endeavor, In The Desert Footlights (created with David Lavine) is a Sundance New Voices Lab and Orchard Project semi-finalist.