TEDxBroadway 2015 Video: Kevin Lyman

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 11.27.59 AMEditor’s note: Jim curates TEDxBroadway each year, working with the speakers on their presentations and helping them to answer the question: “What’s the best Broadway can be?” Below is his insight into the process, so you can find out exactly how this informative and inspiring day comes together.


I wonder how most people (who aren’t teenagers) respond emotionally to that word. It’s a neutral word, after all, but I would say that it has more emotional connotations than if I said the words “people in their 20s.”

Kevin Lyman created and still runs the Vans Warped Tour. It’s punk music, sure, but it’s also everything else that makes up the lifestyle that his audience — kids 13 to 19-year-olds — would like to see, do and be. That, as Kevin says, is a moving target, since the audiences’ brains are literally changing from day to day.

What’s great about Kevin is not only how much he knows about enthralling an audience, but his passion for teaching other people, especially young people. I called him the Punk Rock Professor, and that’s a name that should stick. In a world where live entertainment struggles to get younger people engaged, Kevin knows what he’s doing.

Give it a watch!

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