Steve Colman

Steve Colman

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Biography

Steve Colman is a poet, writer, performer, and director. He co-wrote and co-starred in Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Def Poetry won a Tony Award in 2003 in the Best Special Theatrical Event category. A long-time creative collaborator with his wife Sarah Jones, he co-conceived and assistant directed Jones’s Tony Award-winning show Bridge and Tunnel. His theater work and collaborations with Jones have also garnered two Drama Desk nominations, an Obie, a Theater World Award, and a Helen Hayes Award. Colman began his poetry career at The Nuyorican Poets Café on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He won the National Poetry Slam championship as a member of the Nuyorican Poets Café slam team and also received the Café's Fresh Poet Award. A favorite on college campuses, Colman has showcased at many NACA conferences and performed at hundreds of college and universities all over the world. He is also winner of the APCA performing artist of the year award. He has appeared on the Montel Williams Show, The Caroline Rhea Show, The Tony Awards broadcast, ABC, and three times on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam Colman co-authored, Burning Down the House (SoftSkull Press), and Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway and More (Atria Books). He is a graduate of Macalester College (BA) and Case Western Reserve University (MA).