Watch Vivek’s TEDx Talk at: http://ow.ly/D5Trw
Vivek J. Tiwary is an acclaimed producer of live entertainment from Tony Award-winning Broadway shows to groundbreaking immersive experiences, a media financier/investor, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. He is the founder of Tiwary Entertainment Group.
His graphic novel The Fifth Beatle won numerous literary awards including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award and two Harvey Awards. It’s a Lambda Literary Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel and has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. Vivek secured unprecedented access to Beatles music for its TV adaptation, now in development with Sonar Entertainment; Vivek is writer + Executive Producer.
On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards over 44 Tony nominations and include such groundbreaking work as Green Day’s American Idiot and A Raisin In The Sun. He is currently the lead producer of Jagged Little Pill, based on Alanis Morissette’s classic album, which began Broadway previews on Nov 3 at the Broadhurst Theatre. The musical received rave reviews and broke box office records during its sold-out pre-Broadway run.
In addition to Broadway, Vivek is a pioneering producer in the world of site-specific, tech-based, and immersive theatre. He consulted on the creation and development of The Walking Dead Escape and The Walking Dead Experience. He served on the Board of Directors for New York’s seminal GAle GAtes et al—considered to be the founders of immersive theatre. He also produced experiential shows and installations for boundary-pushing companies such as The Wooster Group, Fischerspooner, and the São Paulo Art Biennial.
Vivek is an investor who served on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment, a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest universe of comic book characters, has been hailed by the New York Times as “Marvel 2.0” and has a 5-film deal with Sony Pictures.
Prior to founding TEG and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions and has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum from Bruce Springsteen to Britney Spears.
Among many charitable pursuits, Vivek is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process.
Vivek is a magna cum laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences, and a cum laude graduate of the Collegiate School in New York City. He also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.
He lives in New York with his inspiring wife Tracy and their delightful children Kavi and Nandini.