NPR calls award-winning storyteller Slash Coleman, “Extremely provocative and entertaining,” and WGBH Boston says, “Slash has the power to change the way people think.” Best known for his PBS special and Off-Broadway one man show, ‘The Neon Man and Me,’ award winning storyteller, Slash Coleman, has also been featured as an Exchange Place Teller at the 2009 National Storytelling Festival, the 2008 Oral History Performance Conference at Columbia University, at LANES and Stonesoup Storytelling Festival. Slash is also the creator of the acclaimed two-part class for artists entitled ‘Make More Money with Your Art.’ As a result, he’s been featured nationally at dozens of universities, conferences, community art organizations and most recently in the ‘NPR series, ‘How Artists Make Money.’
Descended from a grandfather who was a dancer at the Moulin Rouge, a grandmother who was a painter, and a father who is a prolific sculptor, Slash draws much of his material from being raised by an offbeat, creative family. Often addressing the outright humor of being raised Jewish in the south by family of immigrants, his stories also speak of the profound cultural challenges he’s experienced and the inspiration he continues to draw from his own mother who is a Holocaust survivor. With a personal history steeped in a duality of skepticism and faith, discouragement and hope, his fresh, Generation X perspective and distinctive voice have been a welcome addition to the storytelling world. He is the co-producer of the Annual International Holocaust Memorial Exhibit.
Slash has earned many honors, including the 2005 Groucho for Best One Man Show by ComedySportz Improv Theatre and the 2006 Top 40 Under 40 Award by Style Weekly. Last year, for his philanthropic contributions to his Richmond, VA community, (with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Coleman’s unique productions have helped raise nearly $80,000 for non-profits to date), Coleman was a finalist for the 2008 Virginia Governor’s Award in the Arts.
Slash currently lives in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia where he continues to write and develop material for the stage, film and TV.
This is Slash’s first OFFICIAL appearance as a Featured Teller at Lower Brandywine. (But you might have seen him him last year at our Open Mic. And that’s as good a promotion for our Open Mic as we can think of -- since we were introduced to Olivia!)