Thor Nelson


Originally from Virginia, Thor Nelson has been working professionally in live event production and facility installation for over 23 years. After graduating from James Madison University with a B.A. in Technical Theatre, Thor took to the seas, working as a stage manager and installer for several cruise lines, including Celebrity and Norwegian. Looking to settle down on dry land, he set his sights on Branson, Missouri, in 1997. He has worked in every technical position possible while living in Branson, including rigging, front of house audio, lighting direction, and video production. Thor’s professional experience is extensive, and he enjoys working in every facet of the business.

Thor started working for Herschend Family Entertainment in 1998, and was responsible for the installations of some of the largest entertainment projects Silver Dollar City has undertaken, including the installation and commissioning of Celebration City’s nighttime special effect show “Celebrate”.  Thor was the lead technician on Silver Dollar City’s revamp of its 50’ high-tech LED Christmas Tree production, the centerpiece of “An Old Time Christmas”. The attraction is seen each year by thousands of guests from across the country. Additionally, Thor held the title of Technical Director of the Entertainment and Events Division of Silver Dollar City.

Thor is now one of Paragon 360’s highly qualified installers, and is focused heavily on installation and service in the local Southwest Missouri market. Thor is equally qualified in the installation of professional audio, video, and lighting systems, and has many years’ experience as a theatrical rigger.