Sam Nelson’s love for theatre began at the age of 9 when he attended his first Idaho Shakespeare Festival summer camp. This program, and many others that followed, piqued his interest in the craft and pushed him to pursue acting further in his high school years as his interests narrowed, participating in various productions and theatre classes. Currently, Sam is a senior Theatre Arts major attending Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Although a native of Boise, Idaho, Sam was drawn to Furman by the liberal arts philosophy of the university and its theatre department. Upon his graduation from Boise High School in 2013, Sam made the official decision to attend Furman on the James B. Duke Scholarship, where he is now working to become a well-rounded theatre artist by taking courses in theatre history, design, and crafts in addition to his acting and directing courses. Sam is also taking advantage of Furman’s many performance opportunities and has been developing his acting craft while earning roles in nine of the university's mainstage productions and two through the department's student organization. Sam has also expanded his training and professional horizons to include experiences with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Shakespeare Institue in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.
Sam is now looking to further pursue his training and use his skills to bring theatre to audiences who typically don't have opportunities to experience art. He hopes to continue exploring and building a community for theatre art that breaks through social and economic barriers.