Louis DeVaughn Nelson


Louis DeVaughn Nelson (aka “DeVo”) is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of Hokum Arts. He studied Education and Playwriting/Screenwriting at DeSales University, Drexel University and The New School and has trained at The Koresh School of Dance in Modern Jazz. Nelson has worked for twenty years as a performer, choreographer, producer, and director for film, theater, dance, and more. His work has been shown in USA, Europe, Australia, and South Korea. Nelson was named Best New Choreographer by Philadelphia City Paper and has been recognized internationally for his video work that delves into cultural and movement research. He lived in Berlin, Germany for 3 years where he worked as a dramaturge, instructor, editor, actor, filmmaker and choreographer. He is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America.

Nelson currently resides in Queens, New York and has had 13 presentations of his plays at festivals or staged reading series since he arrived in 2015. Recently he directed NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS  for Village Playwrights’ Riot & Revolution at The LGBT Center in June, and DEAR MS. KITT  for The Broadway Bound Theater Festival in August. He is also currently an Artist in Residence at the Sitting Shotgun Theater Company’s Casual Vacancy Program, working on a cultural studies piece called #4ColorsNYC.



I switched to playwriting and dance so I could write parts that weren’t so biased and stereotypical.

I have spent most of my energy writing plays which delve into my favorite subjects: contemporary love and sexual relationships. While staying true to traditional themes in a modern context, I aim to embrace the evolving social media culture of short attention spans with brief albeit poignant quick overtures of satire.










To see a full List of Plays, visit Nelson's New Play Exchange page


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Louis DeVaughn Nelson

Sean, a budding screenwriter turned theatre director, explains how he knew he was in love with Paul.