Work History

Work History
Jan 2006 - Present

Writer

Freelance

Independent Contractor serving as scriptwriter, playwright, copywriter, dramaturg, research, creative writer and blogger for print, digital and performance media. 

Clients: Drexel University, The Peekaboo Revue, Hokum Arts, The English Theater Berlin, Artconnect Berlin, Theaterforum Kreuzberg, Social Media Week, Center on the Aisle

Jan 2006 - Present

Artistic Director

Hokum Arts

To provide essential opportunities to local and international artists that have been under-served in our community in order to enhance their artistic experience and professional development. Hokum Arts seeks to establish positive, boundary-less environments and collaborations for artists and the communities in which they live.

Oct 2006 - Oct 2010

Administrative Coordinator

Drexel University Libraries

Performs complex, technical, and/or specialized office support work, which requires the exercise of independent judgment, the application of technical skills, and a detailed knowledge of the activities and procedures specific to all departments. Director for Graphic Design and Public Relations/Marketing. Coordinator/Curator for Library Exhibits. Marketing Liaison.

Dec 2003 - Oct 2006

Administrative Assistant

Bettinger Co.

Administrative Tasks Utilizing Microsoft Office Suite. Data Entry. Filing and Retrieval of Claim Files. Data System Implementation. Mail Processing. Claims Assistant.

Sep 2002 - Jun 2003

Concierge/Front Desk Manager

The Alexander Inn

Guest Services/Concierge. Reception/Answering Phones. Preparing Correspondence to/for Guests and Vendors, Processing Purchase Orders and Inventory. Other Administrative Duties.

Sep 2004 - Sep 2008

Director/Choreographer

The Peekaboo Revue

Philadelphia's Premiere Neo-Burlesque Troupe. 

Education

Education
Sep 2006 - Oct 2010

Drexel University

Education and Playwriting Studies.

Aug 1997 - May 1998

DeSales University

Education and Performing Arts Studies

Skills

Skills

Writer

Event Planning

Creative and Administrative Direction, Hospitality, Fine/Performing Arts, Fundraising

Administrator

Data System Implementation, Project Management, Employee Supervision, Office Management, Evaluation/HR, Task Manager, Creative Director

Curator

Exhibition Management

Director/Producer

Film Theater Special Events

Actor

Musical Theater Theater Film Commercials

Dancer

Musical Theater Modern Jazz Modern Jazz  

Dance Teacher

Modern Jazz Modern Jazz Musical Theater Contemporary Ballet Street Dance

Choreography

Modern Jazz Modern Jazz Musical Theater Burlesque Contemporary Ballet Street Dance

Summary

Louis DeVaughn Nelson is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of The Hokum Arts Production Group. His works have been shown in many venues in the USA and Europe, from ballets to fine art exhibitions.Nelson was named Best New Choreographer by Philadelphia City Paper and has been recognized for his video work that delves into cultural and movement research. He studied dance and playwriting at DeSales University and Drexel University, and has over seven years of experience teaching dance at The Haddonfield School of Dance (New Jersey, USA), The Koresh School of Dance (Philadelphia, USA), The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, USA) and Studio Motion International School of Dance (Berlin, DE). 

Recent credits include: The English Theater Berlin, TanzBad 4, Social Media Week, The Berlin Music Video Awards, Dreizig Festival, and CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts.

Nelson currently lives in New York and writes for the Broadway Blog www.centerontheaisle.com

Arts Production/Performance

AWARDS:

2007: Philadelphia City Paper’s Editor’s Choice Awards Best New Choreographer 2008: Philadelphia CEC New Edge Mix Grant Recipient 2011: CIANT Festival of Film and New Media Art 3rd Place Prize  

CHOREOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE:

2012: Self=Portraits - Dreizig Festival
Belin, DE 

2011: Training Hybridge Arts Collective

Philadelphia, PA

2010: Return of the Moonwalker (Film) DeRam Productions

Berlin, Germany 2010: Man Bites Dog Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe

Philadelphia, PA

2010: Viva Burlesque Philadelphia GLBT Arts Festival

Philadelphia, PA

2010: Sisters Etc. Performance Series

Philadelphia, PA

2009: Ad libitum Philly’s Dance Collective

Philadelphia, PA 2009: Love in, Love out Koresh Artist’s Showcase

Philadelphia, PA

2008: Sappho. Again. CEC’s New Mix Festival

Philadelphia, PA

2007: Human Error Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe

Philadelphia, PA

2007: Fringe Festival Preview Show Club Polairs/Trocadero/Bar Noir

Philadelphia PA 2007: Peekaboo Revue Johnny Brenda’s

Philadelphia, PA

2006: Aqua Teen Picture Show Cartoon Network Preview Show

Philadelphia, PA

2006: Mixed Company Hokum Arts Presents

Philadelphia, PA

2006: Battle for Their Innocence Coming Together to Help, Inc.

Philadelphia, PA

2006: Mountain Man (Music Video) Mountain Man Band

Philadelphia, PA

2006: Delilah's Entertainer of The Year Delilah’s Den

Philadelphia, PA

2005: Bi-Polar Opposites Nexus Gallery

Philadelphia, PA

2005: Mr./Ms. Philadelphia Leather Contest Pure Nightclub

Philadelphia, PA

2002 – 2005: Peek-A-Boo Revue Five Spot, Various Venues

Philadelphia, PA

DANCE PERFORMANCE:

2012: Self=PortraitsDreizig Festival

Belin, DE 

2011: Training Hybridge Arts Collective

Philadelphia, PA

2010: Man Bites Dog Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe

Philadelphia, PA

2010: Viva Burlesque Philadelphia GLBT Arts Festival

Philadelphia, PA

2009: Ad libitum

Philly’s Dance Collective

Philadelphia, PA

2007: Human Error Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe

Philadelphia, PA

2007: Peekaboo Revue Johnny Brenda’s

Philadelphia, PA

2006: Aqua Teen Picture Show Cartoon Network Preview Show

Philadelphia, PA

2005: Bi-Polar Opposites Nexus Gallery

Philadelphia, PA

2005: Mr./Ms. PhiladelphiaLeather Contest Pure Nightclub

Philadelphia, PA

2002 – 2005: Peek-A-Boo Revue Five Spot, Various Venues

Philadelphia, PA

1997-1998: DeSales University Dance Ensemble DeSales University

Center Valley, PA

THEATER:

2013: The Narcissist

"Maurice" --- CTM Festival HAU 1

Berlin, DE

2012: This is How it Goes

"Cody" -- The English Theater Berlin

Berlin, DE2007: Projext X/X: Run Zola Run “Booters” – Theater Catalyst

Philadelphia, PA

2006: Breathing Ash “News Reporter” – Caliban Productions

Philadelphia, PA

1997: Blind Side “Paul” – Ritz Outreach Plays

Oaklyn, NJ

1996-1997: The Mystery of Monster D “Monster D” – Ritz Outreach Plays

Oaklyn, NJ

MUSICAL THEATER:

2002 – 2007: The Peekaboo Revue The Peekaboo Revue

Philadelphia, PA

2000: A Chorus Line Haddonfield Plays & Players

Haddonfield, NJ

1997: A Chorus Line Puttin’ on the Ritz

Oaklyn, NJ

MODELING:

2013: Berlin Fashion Week - BFFF Fashion ShowCharlie Le Mindu 
Berlin, DE

2010: Portfolio Project Markus Esser

Berlin, DE

2006: Fine Art Project Corey Armpriester

New York, NY

2005: Fine Art Project Antionelli Institute

Philadelphia, PA

2004: Commercial Project Chris Collins

New York, NY

FILM:

2015: Er ist wieder da  - "Journalist" - Constantin Film  

Berlin, DE

2013: Professions - "Bomb Specialist" - Co Verlag

Berlin, DE 

2011: Stalker Stories - “Narrator” - Mariana Jukica

Berlin, DE

2010: Return of the Moonwalker - “Cornelius” – DeRam Productions

Berlin, DE

2007: 2 Minutes Later - “Howie” – Gaston Productions

Philadelphia, PA

2006: Hunk of the Month - “Extra” – Dreality Productions

Philadelphia, PA

2005: Flogging Margaret - “Extra” – Brasser Productions

Philadelphia, PA

2002: The Fat Man - “Phil” - Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

1997: Commercials (Pilot) - “Extra” – Westmont Theater Co.

Westmont, NJ

WRITING:

2015-Current: Contributing Blogger

Center on the Aisle

2013-2014: Contributing Blogger

ArtconnectBerlin Art Source Blog

Berlin, DE

2012: "Joie" -- Shakespeare & Sons

Two Act Play Theater

2012: "Text: A Play in One Act" -- Naherholung Sternchen, Social Media Week

Berlin, DE 

2010: “Viva Burlesque!” – The Arts Bank Theater Two Act Dance Theater

Philadelphia, PA

2007: “Sappho. Again.” – Community Education Center One Act Musical Theater

Philadelphia, PA

2006: “Frank” - Villagers Theatre New Playwrights Series One Act Play

Sommerset, NJ

2003-2007: The Peek-a-Boo Revue – The Five Spot Writer (Skits/Lyrics)

Philadelphia, PA

2006: Poor Me. Another – Hokum Arts Presents Short Film

Philadelphia, PA

2005: “The Ending or Beginning” - (Finalist) CBC Lock-In Contest Dance Theater in Two Acts

Philadelphia, PA

2005: “The Ending or Beginning” - (Finalist) Flashpoint Theater

Dance Theater in Two Acts

Philadelphia, PA

2005: “Melissa” - The Brick Playhouse Night of 1,000 Plays One Act Play

Philadelphia, PA

2005: “Earnest” - The Brick Playhouse Night of 1,000 Plays One Act Play

Philadelphia, PA

EXHIBITIONS:

2012: "Text: A Play in One Act" -- Naherholung Sternchen, Social Media Week

Berlin, DE 

2012: TanzBad 4

Festival (Film)

2011: CIANT Festival of Film and New Media Art

Group Exhibition (Film)

Prague, CZ

2011: ArtConnectBerlin Launch Party - Leap

Group Exhibition (Film)

Berlin, DE

2009: 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition - William Way Community Center Group Exhibition (Fine Art)

Philadelphia, PA

2007: Va voom – Glam Lounge Group Exhibition (Fashion)

Philadelphia, PA

2006: LUNGEVITY Benefit – Little Tuna

Silent Auction (Fine Art)

Haddonfield, NJ

2006: Redemption – 411 Gallery

Group Exhibition (Fine Art)

New York, NY

2004: Works of Heart – Exposure Gallery

Solo Exhibition (Fine Art)

Collingswood, NJ

2004: 2nd Saturday – Groove Ground

Group Exhibition (Fine Art)

Collingswood, NJ

2003: Spring In Your Step – Bauhaus Gallery

Group Exhibition (Fine Art)

Westmont, NJ

Interests

Social Media, Educational Technology, Contemporary Art, Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion, Dance, Modern Dance, Education, World History, Burlesque, Vaudeville, Jazz

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