Simone Nelson

Managing Dir
The California State University Entertainment Alliance

Simone Nelson is the Managing Director of The California State University Entertainment Alliance (CSUEA). The CSUEA, an Initiative through the CSU Chancellor's Office, helps students from all 23 campuses in 180 entertainment studies related programs best go from campus to a career in one of the most competitive industries - entertainment arts. www.CSUentertainment.com

Simone has developed and produced films, theater productions, festivals, and digital media entertainment start-ups for more than 20 years. She's worked with, among others, the former head of Disney Studios & Theatricals Peter Schneider; filmmaker/writer Rebecca Miller and actor Daniel Day Lewis; Forensic Films; Film Arts Foundation; the Mill Valley Film Festival/California Film Institute; the Global Film Initiative; San Francisco Opera; The International Festival of Arts & Ideas and London's famed Royal Court Theatre & Shakespeare's Globe.

More recently she has focused on immersive reality content creation and to develop a CSU system wide curriculum for AR/XR/MR. Simone was also a producer for Richard Branson's Virgin Disrupters, produced the Berlin Film Festival award-winning documentary City of Borders; was a two-term President of Bay Area Women in Film & Media; served as head of distribution & partnerships for Webby Awards founder/filmmaker Tiffany Shlain's Moxie Institute Film Studio; as managing director of the inaugural Social Change Film Festival and was a faculty member of the Art Institute of California-San Francisco.

Simone graduated with a B.S. in Theater from Northwestern University's School of Communications and has an MFA from Yale School of Drama.

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