Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the Director of Programming at 54 Below, and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series.
As the leader of 54 Below's programming team, Tepper has curated and overseen the production of over 500 shows, ranging from musicals in concert, to original solo acts, to theatrical reunions, to songwriter celebrations, and beyond. 54 Below has become notable for being the only venue of its kind: presenting over a dozen shows every week, specializing in Broadway acts, and welcoming both traditional cabaret and innovative new work. Tepper's producing work on original ventures at the venue has gained praise from publications including The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Playbill, Newsday, the New York Post, and more. From Hit List (the live concert version of the fictional musical from NBC's Smash) to Smile: A Broadway Reunion Concert to her collaborations with musical theatre writers both established and emerging, Tepper has, according to Theatermania, "brought her encyclopedic knowledge and typical gusto to the venue, knowing just what musical theatre enthusiasts are looking for."
On Broadway, Tepper has worked on shows in directing, producing, and marketing capacities, including [title of show], The Performers, the 2011 revival of Godspell, and the 2013 revival of Macbeth. She has also worked at off-Broadway and regional theaters, including Second Stage Theatre, Ars Nova, The York Theatre, Weston Playhouse, and Goodspeed. Other credits include projects, shows, and educational initiatives with The National Alliance for Musical Theatre, The Producing Office, PBS, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, TEDx Broadway, The Dramatists Guild, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, the New York Public Library, The Actors Fund, New York City Center, the Broadway Green Alliance, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and New York University, where Tepper is a proud graduate. Tepper has worked as the Managing Editor of The Best Plays Theatre Yearbook, and is currently on the Artists Board for the Encores Off-Center series.
Tepper is part of the group known as Joe Iconis & Family, and has collaborated with Iconis on dozens of shows, concerts and other projects, including Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova, six years of The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular, Things To Ruin at Second Stage and Le Poisson Rouge, Iconis & Family at 54 Below, and many more.
As a writer, Tepper has authored two volumes of The Untold Stories of Broadway series, published by Dress Circle. For these books, Tepper interviewed 250 theatre professionals about the Broadway theaters themselves and their stories of working in each house. The books cover over 70 years of our theatrical history, shared through first-hand interviews with Broadway professionals who were there. The Untold Stories of Broadway books comprise stories with actors, producers, directors, writers, designers, stagehands, door men and women, musicians, house managers, press agents, ushers, and many more. Interspersed with interviewees' stories are Tepper's own tales and discoveries about each historic building. The Untold Stories of Broadway partners with a charitable organization that receives proceeds from each volume, and is currently partnered with Broadway Impact and with the Theatre Development Fund. Published in 2013 and 2014, each book has occupied the #1 spot on Amazon.com's Best Sellers List in Broadway & Musicals. NBC New York has called the books an 'inspiring Must-Read'.
Tepper was recently named one of the 10 professionals on Backstage Magazine's "1st Annual Broadway Future Power List". According to the article: "Proving herself both a zeitgeist predictor and theatrical historian with her eclectic programming, Tepper is leading the conversation on contemporary musical theatre."
Kevin Michael Murphy is an actor, writer, and voice teacher, originally from Valley Stream, NY.
Acting credits include: The Book of Mormon(First National Tour), The Awesome 80s Prom(Off-Broadway), Newsadoozies!(UCB), Snapshots!(Seaside Music Theater), With Glee!(NYMF), The Happy Embalmer(NYMF), Max and The Truffle Pig(NYMF), Vote!(NYC Fringe), and more! As a host, Kevin created The Village Gate's Old Fashioned Piano Party, a musical theater open mic night at le poisson rouge.
Writing credits include: Dance Moms: The Musical!(which appeared on Lifetime TV), Fifteen Minutes to Midnight, Crisis: Of the Quarter Life Persuasion, and Craig Stevens Guide to Making it On Broadway!(for which his character was described by Gawker.com as being "The most clueless boy in New York City.)
As a voice teacher Kevin is currently on faculty at NYU Steinhardt, and teaches privately at the NYC Vocal Studio. www.NYCVocalStudio.com
Kevin holds a Bachelors in Musical Theater from James Madison University, and a Masters in Vocal Performance from New York University.
Kevin, along with Jennifer Ashley Tepper, and Caleb Hoyer, won a 2012 Bistro Award for "If It Only Even Runs a Minute.