Ken Kruper is a pianist/composer/lyricist who has written for theater, film, and contemporary music. He is also Executive Director of NYC-based BIG Theatre Co. and a music director who has worked on countless productions at theaters and universities throughout the Greater NY-Metropolitan area.
His first theatrical work, "GRIMM: A New Musical" (music/lyrics/book) had its premiere in 2009 at St. John's University in Jamaica, NY and was later featured in the 2012 NY International Fringe Festival. Later work includes book, music and lyrics of an adaptation of Edith Wharton's short story "Roman Fever" (2014 NY Midtown International Theater Festival) and underscoring and sound design for the 2014 NY International Fringe Festival production of "Destiny is Judd Nelson." His music has also been featured in the 2014 New York Musical Festival (Epic Fail), Fresh Ground Pepper's "Decades," and as part of his Artist Residency with ForwardFlux's create:collaborate - Cycle 6. He has been a workshop presenter and accompanist for the New York State Theater Education Association's Annual Student Conference since 2005.
Ken is songwriter/pianist/vocalist for the LI-based indie group "The Free Candy Band" who have played at venues throughout Long Island and NYC, including the LI Pride Parade and Staten Island Pridefest.
He has provided music, lyrics, arrangements and underscoring for the musical comedy web series "Merce," which has been featured on Broadwayworld.com and POZ.com. Since its premiere, it has become an official selection for the 2015 Brooklyn Webfest.