Nelson Coates

Position: 

Trustee

Bio: 

Nelson Coates is an award-winning American production designer for film, television, and theater. The fourth of five children of Abilene Christian University professors Drs. Ed and Jane Coates, Nelson graduated magna cum laude from ACU with a BA in Journalism/Mass Communications with an emphasis in design, and a minor in Biology. He was involved in more than 30 collegiate and professional theatre productions while in college, and went on to perform Off-Broadway, in regional theatre, and television, and began his career in theatrical and feature film design. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1994 for his production design of the miniseries STEPHEN KING’S THE STAND for which he designed 225 sets and locations. Nelson was named Abilene Christian University’s Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year in 1996, and was recipient of the ACU Department of Journalism/Mass Communications Gutenberg Award. His film design work includes such hits as MURDER AT 1600, KISS THE GIRLS, ANTWONE FISHER, RUNAWAY JURY, THE PROPOSAL, BIG MIRACLE, and THE GUILT TRIP. In 2013, Coates was nominated by the Art Directors Guild for Outstanding Contemporary Film Design for his work on FLIGHT. Coates is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was named Film Professional of the Year (2008) by Cambridge Who’s Who in America.