An open forum featuring Vivek J. Tiwary, a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning producer of Broadway shows, film, television and graphic novels, will be hosted 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the UCF Student Union.

Tiwary’s presentation is titled “The Color of Dreams: Breaking Down Ethnic Barriers in the Art & Entertainment.” Many young people of south Asian heritage find themselves pigeonholed into fields such as engineering, medicine or technology. Rebelling against society’s stereotypes, Tiwary said his tenacity and creativity enabled him to overcome the misconceptions placed upon him to enter and thrive in the world of art and entertainment.

Tiwary 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. On Broadway, Tiwary’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations.

This event is hosted by The India Center at UCF, which sponsors or co-sponsors public discussions involving prominent speakers in order to broaden awareness and understanding about India. More information about the event can be found at