Hellcats executive producer Kevin Murphy has been a writer and producer for television and theater since graduating from Drew University in 1989.
Murphy was the executive producer and showrunner of the critically acclaimed series Caprica, a prequel to the Peabody Award-winning Battlestar Galactica. He also spent three years as co-executive producer on Desperate Housewives, two as head writer. He shares an Emmy(r) nomination for his work on that seminal first season. Murphy is also a two-time Writers Guild Award nominee for his Desperate Housewives scripts "Next" and "It Takes Two." Other writer/producer credits include Reaper, Ed, Get Real, Jack & Jill and Weird Science. Murphy also created and ran the series Valentine, as well as the syndicated series Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. He also penned the pilot Velvet Hammer with producing partner Anthony Edwards.
Murphy also produced, co-wrote the book and wrote the lyrics for Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, which has been produced in many cities including New York (off-Broadway), Seattle, London, Los Angeles, Toronto and Washington, DC. The show swept the Los Angeles Ovation, Garland and Drama Critics Circle Awards and won a Helen Hayes Award in Washington, DC, for Outstanding Resident Musical.
Along with partner Dan Studney, Murphy executive produced and co-wrote the screenplay for Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, adapted from their stage musical. The film adaptation premiered at Sundance and won the Premiere Jury Award at the Festival of American Cinema in Deauville, France. Murphy also won a Primetime Emmy(r) Award for providing the song lyrics for Showtime's Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, starring Alan Cumming, Neve Campbell and Kristen Bell. Murphy's lyrics were also nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
Stage projects currently in development include a musical adaptation of the beloved comic strip Dennis the Menace (recently workshopped at Seattle's Village Theatre under direction of Andy Fickman). Murphy is also partnering with Christopher Ashley's La Jolla Playhouse on an adaptation of the black comedy Heathers in collaboration with Tony nominee Laurence O'Keefe and director Fickman.