Steve Colman

poet lyricist playwright performer director producer

"Steve Colman brings a fierce intelligence, deep empathy, and a ton of craft to every creative endeavor. Working with him is exhilarating."

– Tony Taccone (Artistic Director, Tony® Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

"Watching Steve Colman perform is a spoken word master class. Equally fluid with complex rhyme schemes and wordplay. he's one of the best to pick up a mic. truly one of my favorite poets."

– George Watsky (Rapper, Poet)

"One of the best Slam Poets in the country!"


" have a really nice name."

- Stevie Wonder

"You were in that show!? You were really good."

- Patrick Swayze


Steve Colman is a Tony® Award-winning poet and lyricist, performer, director and producer. A member of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe 1998 championship slam team, Steve was the first poet to perform on "Def Poetry on HBO." As the inaugural poet of the series, Steve helped introduce the world to the burgeoning spoken word movement. He went on to co-write and co-star in the Tony® Award-winning "Def Poetry on Broadway." A long time creative collaborator of performance artist Sarah Jones, Steve co-created and assistant directed Sarah's Tony® Award-winning smash-hit solo show "Bridge and Tunnel." Produced by Meryl Streep, New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood called "Bridge and Tunnel" “A sweet spirited valentine to New York City, its polyglot citizens and the larger notion of an all-inclusive America." Steve has produced theater, television and film projects for a variety of popular venues and major studios, including Warner Brothers Television, Paramount Television, HBO Films, Lemon Andersen's "County of Kings" with Spike Lee at The Public Theater and "The Sarah Jones Show" on Bravo.

Steve is also a consultant providing creative guidance and advice to performers, writers and directors, producers and entrepreneurs. 

You can catch Steve playing around NYC with his hip-hop funk americana band S.a.L.a.D.





bespoke poems


Have Steve craft a poem or missive for a special occasion or presentation. His locally sourced artisanally crafted poems have entertained, scandalized and thrilled audiences for over 20 years.


Get a copy of Steve's new collection of poetry.



*skype calls





*script review

*public speaking

*creative consulting

Work with Steve