"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)
"Steve..you have a really nice name." - Stevie Wonder
"Oh. You were in that show? You were really good." - Patrick Swayze
"I'm mad at you Steve because I don't have a quote about how amazing you are in there."
– Jayson Jackson (Emmy Award-winning Producer What Happened Miss Simone)
"One of the best Slam poets in the country!" - CNN (Mainstream Media, Corporate News Outlet)
"Hi, I'm Zooey. What's your name?"- Zooey Deschanel
"Watching Steve Colman perform is a spoken word master class...he's one of the best to pick up a mic-- truly one of my favorite poets." – George Watsky (Rapper, Poet)
"Do you want to take a walk Steve?" - Glenn Close
"We're going to build this whole poetry thing around you." - Russell Simmons
"Believe in Steve! You might win a Tony!" Nick Quested (Academy Award-nominated producer, Owner Goldcrest Films)
"Steeeve! What are you doing in Brazil?" - Rosario Dawson
"You're so good Steve and I'm so nervous!" - Nelly Furtado
"Hey Steve, before you leave here's the number for my dentist in Pennsylvania." - Michael Stipe
Steve Colman is a Tony® Award-winning writer, performer, producer, director, teacher and consultant. A member of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe championship slam team, Steve was the first poet to perform on Russell Simmons Presents 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 artists and art collectors, writers and directors, producers and entrepreneurs.
Born in New York and raised in Englewood, New Jersey (hometown of The Sugarhill Gang, John Travolta, The Isley Brothers, The Mizell Brothers, Regina Belle, Dizzy Gillespie, Redhead Kingpin, Kwame and Sarah Jessica Parker)