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playwright , producer

Marcus Thomas Nelson, American Playwright, producer. Member, resource person Chicago Theatre Coalition, 1974; member Chicago Alliance for the Performing Arts, 1975; co-founder, member Black Theatre Alliance, Chicago, 1975; member South Shore Cultural Council, Chicago, 1977.

Background

Nelson, Marcus Thomas was born on October 29, 1919 in Elizabeth, Mississippi, United States. Son of Benjamin Marshall and Maude Elizabeth (Threlkeld) Nelson.

Career

Leader Civilian Conservation Corps., Aledo, Illinois, 1937-1939. Spice grinder LaSalle Manufacturing Company, Chicago, 1939-1943. Machinist journeyman Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Honolulu, 1943-1949.

Streetcar motorman Chicago Transit Authority, 1949-1951. Machinist, journeyman Kodiak (Alaska) Naval Air Base, 1951-1952. Photo-journalist The Good Publishing Company, Paris, 1953.

Bus operator Chicago Transit Authority, 1954-1965. Cab driver The Yellow Cab Company, Chicago, 1965-1966. Theatre manager Hull House Parkway Community Theatre, 1966-1968.

Short order cook United States Army Reserve-McNair Barracks, Berlin, Germany, 1968-1969. Specialist in theatre University Wisconsin-Downer Campus, Milwaukee, 1970-1971. Playwright producer The Village Church, 1971-1973, New Concept Theatre, Chicago, from 1973.

Playwright/poet The The National Library of Poetry, Owings Mills, Maryland. Manager The Modern Bookstore, Chicago, 1985-1988.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Adaptor: (plays) The Lord is Thy Passion, 1986, The Jogger Story, 1988, author over 42 plays including. Listed playwright Black Playwrights, 1823-1977 Annotated Bibliography of Plays (James V. Hatch and Omanii Obdullah), 1977. Contributing poet: (anthologies) Beyond the Stars, 1995, 96, The Best Poems of the '90s, 1996, Take Us The Foxes II, 1998.

Membership

Member, resource person Chicago Theatre Coalition, 1974. Member Chicago Alliance for the Performing Arts, 1975. Co-founder, member Black Theatre Alliance, Chicago, 1975.

Member South Shore Cultural Council, Chicago, 1977.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, yoga, exercise, walking, cooking.

Connections

Married Vivian O. Walker, December 5, 1942 (divorced March 1950). Married Susan Hill, October 22, 1960 (divorced May 1963). Married Sally Lou Spurgat Nelson, April 25, 1973 (divorced Febr.

father:
Benjamin Marshall Nelson

mother:
Maude Elizabeth (Threlkeld) Nelson

spouse:
Susan Hill

spouse:
Sally Lou Spurgat Nelson

spouse:
Vivian O. Walker