Paul Kalburgi


I am a British playwright, screenwriter, and television producer based in Auckland, New Zealand.

My plays have been staged in London, New York and Dallas. I am perhaps best known for my work in verbatim theatre, with my drama In The Tall Grass(Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas) winning Outstanding New Play in the DFW Theatre Critics Forum Awards, 2018. In contrast, my popular dark comedy Almost The Birthday Party (Etcetera Theatre, London) continues to be licensed by theatre companies internationally.

​Recent screenwriting work includes the hit US docudrama series The Price of Fame (Reelz Channel). I am currently writing for New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street (TVNZ 2), the nations longest-running serial drama. ​As a TV producer, I have produced content for networks in the UK and USA across a variety of genres.

In July 2015 I was awarded MA (Writing for Screen & Stage) with distinction by Regent’s University, London. I was also delighted to be the recipient of the Postgraduate Student Prize.

I am proud to be a member of both the New Zealand Writers Guild and the Dramatists Guild of America, where I serve as New Zealand Ambassador.

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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.

I am currently collaborating on my second musical, Vegas With A V (book and lyrics) with Tony-Award nominated composer Kevan Frost (Taboo, West End & Broadway). Alongside my own writing projects, I continue to facilitate playwriting courses and workshops as a teaching artist.