Timothy 'TDC' Coleman
Coleman Family Music, ASCAP
Timothy ‘TDC’ Coleman was born in Dayton, Oh, and raised in Lincoln, Ne. He attended Lincoln, High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.
While at UNL, TDC performed with the Scarlet & Cream Singers. The group was one of the top ranked college show choirs, and was comprised of performers who have now gone on to perform on Broadway, Cruise Ships, Television and Film. The performers were from all across the US. Some of the friendships formed during this time are still thriving in TDC’s life today.
Following UNL, TDC went on to perform at Worlds of Fun, in the ‘TIVOLI Theatre’ shows, in Kansas City, Mo. The show schedule was undeniably difficult, with as many as 25 shows per week, done in 45 minute intervals. TDC always felt the schedule could only be performed by someone young enough not to know any better; and he still knows that he is right! It was while he was working at Worlds of Fun that TDC learned that he had been accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.
At the time, TDC only had one great-aunt living in Hempstead, Long Island, and on weekends he would go out to the Island in order to visit her and learn more about his family tree. TDC comes from a long line of musicians, educators, writers, and service men & women of the United States of America. TDC also has family members who are working professionally; within the music industry, and the world of sports.
After graduating from school, TDC quickly went to work with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines on the ‘Crown Monarch’. The ship did cruises from Florida to the Caribbean on a 7 day basis. The time at sea, performing in many variety shows each week, helped TDC hone his skills and helped him develop his one-man cabaret show, ‘A Tribute to “Nat King Cole.” Overall, TDC performed on 3 different cruise ships and was able to travel the World 2 full times before returning to New York in order to begin his Touring and Broadway career.
Overall, TDC has performed in some of the most highlighted venues within the Regional Theatre community. He performed in ‘5 Guys Named Moe’ at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; the operetta, ‘The Most Happy Fella’ at the St. Louis Rep & the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; as well as performing the role of tap-dancing ‘No Moe’ in the TheatreViginia’s production of ‘5 Guys Named Moe’, directed and choreographed by Kent Dash.
TDC performed in the First National Tour of the Tony Award Winning Musical 'RENT,' and also in the Broadway production as the character of Benny. He then joined the cast of the Broadway Smash Hit musical, 'Jekyll and Hyde' in the role of Jack.
In 2001, TDC's song, "Stop by Monies" was on the Grammy Nominated Album, 'Here's the Deal' by Jazz/Funk band, Liquid Soul. In support of the album, the song was performed live on 'The Today Show' as the group toured the country in support of the album. 'Stop by Monies' was just one of a series of musical highlights in TDC's musical career.
When the opportunity came to perform in an independent film, it was a no-brainer. TDC performed the role of Joey Linden, a guitarist in a rock band who has to decide between the drugs and the music, life or death, in the Independent Film, 'The Rock that Made Us.' The film debuted at the Mid-West Film Festival to great reviews. The movie was produced by Skyline Entertainment and Directed by Daniel B. Iske.
TDC continues to hone his skills and work with artists from many different regions. First to be released is the upcoming album from Dalbin Osorio, entitled: ‘The Fourth Letter’, for which TDC produced and arranged the album’s first track, ‘Lyfe’. The video for the song is in pre-production and will be released soon after the album debuts in February 2010.