Paul Kalburgi



Paul Kalburgi is a British screenwriter, playwright and television producer living in Auckland, New Zealand. He was awarded Master of Arts (Writing for Screen & Stage) in 2015 by Regent’s University, London.

Screenwriting credits include Clint Eastwood: Hollywood Outlaw (REELZ Channel, USA), Shortland Street (TVNZ, New Zealand), The Price of Fame (REELZ Channel, USA / Channel 5, UK) and Healing (Revelation/Genesis TV, UK – Winner, Concrete Dream Film Festival, Los Angeles). As a producer, Paul has produced programmes for a host of networks in the UK and USA since 2007, across genres including celebrity/reality, docudrama, documentary, lifestyle, factual entertainment and local news.

Select playwriting credits include Broadway or Bust (Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas), In The Tall Grass (Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas – Winner ‘Outstanding New Play’ DFW Theater Critics Forum, 2018), Maxine (Stockwell Playhouse, London and Times Square Art Center, New York), Almost The Birthday Party (Etcetera Theatre, London – published by Lazy Bee Scripts) and The Countess (Blue Elephant Theatre, London).

Alongside his writing projects, Paul continues to facilitate playwriting courses and workshops as a teaching artist in the USA, UK and New Zealand. His book, The Writers’ Toolkit is published by Nick Hern Books, London.

Paul is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America where he serves as New Zealand Ambassador.


The Writer's Toolkit (Nick Hern Books) 'A goldmine, honest and down-to-earth… Kalburgi manages to achieve more than a theoretical manual on the art of scriptwriting; he invigorates his creatives, cheers them on, and urges them to dust off their notebooks and start scribbling, stirring his reader's imagination with well-calibrated pointers' Broadway World book review.

In The Tall Grass (Dallas, TX) "Arresting and beautiful! Challenging and redemptive in many many ways. It is both an important work for us as theater lovers - and for us as human beings - especially in these crazy, troubled times we are communally struggling with. Go see it." City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs

Maxine (NYC & London, UK) "Paul Kalburgi’s engaging story is full of dramatic ‘sleights of hand’. A playful piece of theatre and the denouement is as moving as it is surprising." The Stage

Almost The Birthday Party (London, UK) "An intoxicating flurry of drama, which sucks you in, and has you laughing from the get-go" Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner.