Tony Award Winning Producer and NY Times Best Selling Author
Vivek J. Tiwary is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning producer of Broadway shows, film, television and graphic novels. He is the producer and writer of The Fifth Beatle, a New York Times best-selling graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. Tiwary became the first ever to win the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for “Best Reality-Based Work” as a first-time comics writer. In addition, The Fifth Beatle has secured unprecedented access to Beatles’ music and a feature film is in development to shoot in 2014. Read More >
TEDTalk: The Fifth Beatles — The Birth of the Beatles, Impossible Dreams
CCNY Lecture: Applying the Immigrant Experience to a Life in the Arts
CNN: 'The Fifth Beatle'
MSNBC's Now With Alex Wagner: The Untold Story of 'The Fifth Beatle'
Bloomberg TV: The Story of 'The Fifth Beatle'
Native Icon: Beatles to Broadway
Since childhood, Vivek J. Tiwary's immigrant parents drilled into him the absolute necessity to amount to something in this great land of opportunity, the United States. The problem was Vivek didn't want to be a doctor or an engineer, as the children of Indian immigrants are typically pushed to become. Read More >
Rebelling against society’s stereotypes, Vivek's tenacity and creativity enabled him to overcome the misconceptions placed upon him to both succeed and thrive in the world of art and entertainment. He has pushed boundaries as a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer bringing a new and multi-ethnic audience to the theatre (“A Raisin In The Sun,” Green Day’s “American Idiot”). As a writer, Vivek's graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story hit #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list and a TV event series based on it is in the works, for which Vivek is writing and showrunning. Vivek is ready to share his impressive story with audiences worldwide, teaching others how he turned ethnic and political obstacles into assets to fulfill his dreams of working in the arts. Read Less ^
The Beatles were the greatest songwriters of all time-- but even those timeless songs couldn't sell themselves. In the beginning, no record company, radio station, or concert hall wanted to touch the Beatles. It took a young, brilliant entrepreneur named Brian Epstein to change all that. Read More >
Drawing from the entertaining, inspiring and untold story of "the man who made the Beatles," learn a series of business skills applicable to any organization or company, at any stage in your corporate history or development-- whether you're a start-up seeking success, or you're a successful company seeking to become a legend.
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When his mother died of cancer at the young age of 56, budding entertainment entrepreneur Vivek J. Tiwary honored her passion for the arts by founding Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities nationwide. Read More >
15 years later, Musicians On Call has performed for over half a million patients, and has been supported by entertainment luminaries from Bruce Springsteen to Britney Spears. Hear how Vivek conceived and founded Musicians On Call, and how he balanced his nonprofit life with building a professional career as a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and #1 New York Times best-selling author. Read Less ^
"If this reads like a fan letter of sorts, so be it. What didn't I like about the presentation? Nothing. Your graciousness with students is simply heart-warming, perhaps the style of guy who knows what it feels like to be on other side of the street. Many give lip service to such life lessons but ever so easily slip into the role of a self-satisfied diva. After 40 years of such Tuesday evenings, believe me I can spot those who connect immediately with any and all students. So hats off to you, Vivek, know that your kids have a wonderful role model (s)--no small thing in this life.”
"Vivek J. Tiwary is a brilliant presenter and an inspiring speaker who brings incredible depth and emotion to both his content and his delivery! His words flow elegantly, his observations are both subtle and astute, and his deep experience in Broadway productions is evident in both his level of preparation and also his understanding of what moves an audience. It has been an honor to have him participate in my event, and a pleasure to work with him — from start to finish."
"Vivek J. Tiwary was one of the very best hosts we have ever had for the Harvey Awards--the "Golden Globes" of the comics industry--and we’ve had the good fortune of working with many of our industry’s outstanding talents. Vivek was extremely well-prepared, spoke with sincerity and wit, and displayed a keen sense of staging and organization as he kept the lengthy awards show moving swiftly. He shared heartfelt anecdotes and effective jokes at all the right moments, while being in the spotlight in front of a massive audience. Vivek did such a fantastic job, we've asked him back to host the 2016 awards!"
"CCNY students and faculty are still talking about Vivek Tiwary's commencement speech-- it was truly a luminous moment for us, and a great way to send our students into the world. Vivek Tiwary blends professional insight, cultural analysis, and historically rooted personal biography in a dazzling format. Weaving together graphic arts, stage production, music and business acumen-- all of which he speaks to with the authority of exceptionally broad professional accomplishment-- Vivek positions himself at the crossroads of some of the most vital trends in contemporary life. Speaking specifically as the son of immigrant parents, he's able to be both inside American culture and to hold it at some critical distance, a vantage point that allows him to repeatedly turn some of our most familiar tropes inside out and reveal gems of insight. Students, faculty and guests at our Rudin lecture were dazzled by his virtuosity, perception, and personal warmth-- so much so that we invited him back as our college's 2017 commencement speaker. On that day he delivered one of the most joyful and substantive commencement addresses we've ever had."
"I cannot stress enough how much I liked your lecture today at the City College of New York. Your persistence to work hard was awe-inspiring. You breaking all the stereotypes and succeeding was marvelous!"
"Thank you for coming to Le Moyne College and our Film Talks program—you were great! Both the students and faculty loved your presentation. I sincerely hope we can get you back here in the near future."
"Vivek’s meeting with the Arts Admin students was extremely productive, and his talk was inspiring, enthusiastic, and insightful. I've had several occasions to discuss the event with my own students—and they all uniformly loved Vivek and his talk. We want to have him back!"
"I was very impressed by Vivek’s talk to Le Moyne students and members of the Syracuse community, and I thank him for sharing his story. I heard from many students that they found his presentation, in which he vividly conveyed your dedication to the arts in the broadest sense of the term, very inspiring."
"I can’t thank Vivek enough for all he did for our students. They are still buzzing! Vivek’s enthusiasm, creativity, sense of wonder and positive outlook are infectious! It is beautiful to see someone so successful be so willing to share his wisdom and love with the next generation."
"It was a pleasure to have Vivek speak to our kids (ages 7-12) and get them excited about graphic novels and becoming lifelong artists! Vivek’s story, and the way he told it, was something many kids in the class felt they could relate to and be inspired by. Moreover, Vivek was particularly deft at explaining potentially "adult" themes to our young children. And for those young-at-heart adults in the room, it was a truly unique experience to hear/see the Beatles’ story told through Vivek’s presentation and graphic novel. We can’t wait to invite Vivek back for a longer workshop!"
"Vivek J. Tiwary is a personable speaker that is deeply engaging to any audience through his compelling life experiences. At his speaker event at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Vivek was able to relate his work to various age groups that were Beatles fans or just fans of lifelong learning. Through his work he is able to convey several messages of hope, inspiration and overcoming adversity. Vivek is a fantastic addition to any programming and I cannot wait to see him again!"