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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