A native of Arizona, Frank T. Ziede began acting at a very young age. He attended the South Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Phoenix, a high school with a dedicated arts program where he focused on acting, singing and dancing. While attending SMCA Frank performed in stage plays such as THE DIVINERS, CYRANO DE BERGERAC and HAMLET. He also starred in the musicals GREASE and PIPPIN. During this time he was the host of the show VIDEO HIGH, which won a 1991-1992 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program.
Frank then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, CA. This prestigious school has alumni such as Robert Redford, Danny DeVito and Kirk Douglas. At AADA Frank performed in GR POINT and BECOMING MEMORIES. After completing the two year program Frank continued living in Los Angeles where he continued working as an actor, and pursuing a career as a professional hip-hop dancer.
Frank's dance career spanned for over 8 years, working with Celine Dion, Usher, Ginuwine, Svala, Universal Studios, Nickelodeon, Lands End, Oldsmobile, Fruit of the Loom, Bosch Tools, Reebok and many other. He has worked as a choreographer and has taught hip-hop dance in LA and Chicago. He also started his own dance company known as Common Ground which performed for Matrix hair products in shows across the country. He has worked with well-known choreographers including Rosaro and Jamal and Stevie Ray Anthony, as well as training with Wade Robson and many others.
After meeting his wife, Frank moved to Chicago, IL where he returned to acting as his primary focus. He began working as a tradeshow spokesperson for clients such as Sony, Intel, Dewar's and Colgate. Frank has now established himself as a professional automotive facilitator and trainer, working for MINI, BMW, Honda, Acura, Smart, Nissan, Infiniti and Toyota.
Feeling far from his passion, Frank began to focus on short films. He wrote, produced and starred in his first short which was called SHOOTER, in which he worked with the talented cinematographer Joseph Farris. It was an official selection of the Miami Short Film Festival in 2007. He then directed his first short film called COVER and also completed directing his second film called SUBJECT SIX, which won a 2007 silver Telly award. Both projects were collaborations with Producer Josh Wagner of PaperStreet Productions. Frank and Josh have also worked together on a pilot for a television show known as DOUBLE FEATURE, which is a modern spin on the classic movie review show. Frank currently has various projects in preproduction and development, ranging from short films to feature length.
Frank has recently formed his own production company called Power Forward Films. The name is derived from Frank's unyielding belief that the key to success is doing. To quote Confucius: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."