21CA CEO Frank Coleman was born into showbiz. His parents were professional actors and opera singers in New York City. He made his first professional onstage appearance at age 4 & 1/2, as MacDuff’s Son in MACBETH, directed by Joseph Papp.
He became the youngest member of Actor’s Equity in the US at age six and appeared with Christopher Walken, Frank Langella, 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. He was a model for FAO Schwarz, appeared as a dancer on a nationally televised music special, hosted by Murray the K, and was 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.
He studied percussion and electronics at Berklee College of Music and eventually developed an interest in integrating technology into live performance. This led to a long and successful career in new media, with over 500 projects in 20 years and many first-of-its-kind projects, including the first CD-ROM, the first interactive music site on the Internet 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.
Mr. Coleman 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. 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.
Most 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; The Bentmen and of course, The Psychedelic Furs. He is also the current 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 / Fontana / Universal.
Mr. Coleman has also played drums with or for: Will Sergeant (Echo & the Bunnymen); Modern English; Jayne County & The War Holes; Sandra Bernhard; The Dead Ramones; Direct From Hollywood Cemetery; The Archbishop’s Enema Fetish and many others.
His theatrical background informs the arc of storytelling he strives to create as a musician and artist, whether the purpose is artistic or commercial.
Mr. Coleman is also a lifelong film buff. He 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 is a regular contributor to the acclaimed photo blog, IF CHARLIE PARKER WAS A GUNSLINGER, THERE’D BE A WHOLE LOT OF DEAD COPYCATS.
In the tech world, his current focus is Advanced User Experience Design, particularly on emerging platforms.
FILM & VIDEO: Mark of the Astro-Zombies (Soundtrack/Editing); The Atheist (Campbell Scott, Circle-in-the-Square; Cameras/Editing); Neurotypical (Original short; Writer/Director/Actor).
Member, Actor’s Equity Association. Alias Kirb Pheeler.
His most treasured production is his daughter, Julia.