A Life in the Arts and Sciences
Frank Coleman was born into showbiz. His parents were professional actors and opera singers, later folk singers, in New York City in the 1960s. There was music in the cafes at night and revolution in the air, as Bob Dylan put it. It was an exciting and dangerous time to be an artist, providing a fertile environment for young Frank to explore his creative impulses.
Frank made his first professional onstage appearance at age 4 & 1/2, as MacDuff’s Son in MACBETH, directed by Joseph Papp, at The American Shakespeare Society in Stratford, CT. Frank became the youngest member of Actor’s Equity in the US at age six, and appeared with Christopher Walken, Mitchell Ryan, Irene Papas, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Larry Gates and David Gale in four productions for the landmark Circle in the Square Theatre. These included two picked as TIME Magazine’s Top of the Decade in 1969, THE TROJAN WOMEN and IPHIGENIA IN AULIS. He was a model for FAO Schwarz, appeared as a dancer on a nationally televised music special, hosted by Murray the K. Later, he appeared a panelist on the pilot for the TV series KID TALK, whose guests included Marty Allen and Jack Paar. He toured the US twice before retiring at age 10. This coincided with the tragic death of Frank’s father, at age 35, from undiagnosed high blood pressure. The family moved to Cooperstown, NY, where they had appeared in summer stock productions in 1968.
As fate would have it, the Cooperstown Central High School music department became one of the most innovative, celebrated centers of musical excellence in the Northeast at the time, under the tutelage of Joseph Mone and Neil Yanchisin. As a result, Frank had access to the first generation of analog synthesizers and multi-track recording equipment in the early 1970s. This sparked an interest in integrating technology into live performance. He went on to study percussion and electronics at Berklee College of Music.
Frank has performed as a drummer in front of over 40,000 people as a member of The Bentmen, called “one of the most outrageous rock acts in the country” by The Village Voice. More recently, he appears on the first album from Satellite Paradiso, a new project by John Ashton (Psychedelic Furs) that also features past and present members of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Killing Joke, Gang Of Four, Mercury Rev, X-Ray Spex, Lou Reed, The Ancients and of course, The Psychedelic Furs. He is also the drummer for the live version of the band.
His remix album of works by sonic landscape artists, Orphans of the Storm, featuring Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, John Lennon), Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart), Greg Hawkes (The Cars), Casey Desmond (NBC’s THE VOICE) and many more, will be released later this year. His own band, Secret Agent, will also release their first EP this year on Mi5 Recordings / Universal.
Frank has also played drums with or for: Will Sergeant (Echo & the Bunnymen), Modern English, Jayne County & The War Holes, Sandra Bernhard, The 777s, The Dead Ramones, Direct From Hollywood Cemetery, and many others. He was also the drummer for the hard-rocking New York City group The F-Units, whose music has been heard on NBC’s PARENTHOOD, ABC’s THE FOSTERS and FOX’s GRANDFATHERED.
Film and video credits: MARK OF THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES (Soundtrack/Editing); THE ATHEIST (Campbell Scott, Circle-in-the-Square; Cameras/Editing); NEUROTYPICAL (Original short; Writer/Director/Actor).
Frank’s technological interests led to a long and successful career in new media, with over 500 projects since 1990, many the first of their kind. These included the first CD-ROM, the first interactive music site on the Internet, the first commercial interactive television app and the first website to receive an Emmy nomination. Additional honors include a BAFTA Award, two New Media INVISION Awards, an Apple Design Award and two Webby nominations.
Clients include 9/11 Tribute Center, Ben and Jerry’s, Bloomberg TV, Bose, CBS, Chanel at Saks Fifth Avenue, Common, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Eastman Kodak, Echo and the Bunnymen, Electro-Harmonix, FDNY FireZone, Fidelity, Fishbone, Gillette, Grand Marnier, History Channel, Hyatt Resorts, Ice Cube, Image Entertainment, Land Rover, London Records, Mary J. Blige, McGraw-Hill, Moby, Monster.com, National Maritime Museum, New York City Visitor’s Center, Papa Wemba, People’s Choice Awards, Pepsi, Pharell, Reebok, Republic of Ghana, Samsung, Sharp, Simons Foundation, Smithsonian, Snoop Dogg, SONY, Universal Music, Virgin Records, WGBH (PBS) Interactive, and Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams.
Media platform experience includes analog, digital, mobile, web, video, audio, DVD, broadcast, 360 degree video, virtual reality (VR/AR/XR), digital signage, and experiential events, and across many business sectors, including arts and entertainment, education, non-profit, publishing, advertising, financial services, retail, and software.
His LinkedIn page has extensive details and over two dozen endorsements. He continues to explore the creative and expressive possibilities brought about by the latest advances in technology. His theatrical background informs the storytelling arc he strives to create, whether the purpose is artistic or commercial.
Subject Matter Expert
Frank is a “polymath”; a person with deep expertise in a wide variety of different fields, able to discern patterns that would elude a specialist. As such, he is a sought-after consultant.
Frank is also a lifelong film buff, and contributed the commentary tracks to three classic 1960s Mexican Horror DVD releases by CasaNegra Entertainment: THE WITCH’S MIRROR, THE BRAINIAC and THE BLACK PIT OF DR. M. He was a regular contributor to the acclaimed photo blog, IF CHARLIE PARKER WAS A GUNSLINGER, THERE’D BE A WHOLE LOT OF DEAD COPYCATS, and is the creator and host of THE BRAIN DUMP, a mind-bending web series hosted on Patreon.
He lives on Broadway in New York City with his wife, playwright Bambi Everson, and their four cats, King George, Thelma, Louise, and Joan Jett. His most treasured production is his daughter, Julia, of Boston, MA.
Member, Actor’s Equity Association, ASCAP.