Coleman is a Texas and Oklahoma native who came to Wisconsin by way of
New York and Chicago.
He has enjoyed an adventurous career as a rebel, a nightclub manager, a
chef, an international meetings industry poobah, a gay clinic CEO, a
social activist and a software mogul. He is the founder and (former)
artistic director of an outdoor stage where he produced five seasons of
original plays submitted by playwrights from around the world. Coleman
studied Theatre at Cornell University, Education at the University of
Michigan and Finance and Human Resources at the University of
He is the author of a memoir (SPOKE) a collection of plays (FAUX POE)
and a novel (KIDNAPPING HENRY KISSINGER). He received a Literary Artist
Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Council and is a three-time recipient
of an artist-community collaboration grant from the Wisconsin Arts
playwright, he has adapted numerous popular works for performance,
including adaptations of A Christmas Carol, A Child's Christmas in
Wales, The Creeping Man and The Diary of William Stephens and more than thirty
of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories.
Coleman is a member of the
of America, and Playwrights Ink of Madison.
awarded a Literary Artist Fellowship in 2009 by the Wisconsin Arts Board,
and WAB Artist-Community Collaboration Grants in 2007 and 2009.
"SPOKE is a true story.
It is written from my memories, from material in my substantial personal
collection of letters and papers, from 900 pages of FBI files secured
under the FOIA, from my mother's hospital records, from interviews and
newspaper files, from court records, and from documents provided by the
Oklahoma Historical Society and the Daniel and Phillip Berrigan Collection
in the Cornell University Rare Books Library."
Coleman and his husband live in the
country in rural Wisconsin.
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