My plays have received world premieres in the UK and USA.

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I am a playwright hailing from Teesside, a coastal region in the North East of England. I moved to London in my late teens and have since been fortunate to live and work internationally; in Ireland, Finland, Spain, and the USA. I currently live in Auckland, New Zealand with my husband and our two sons.

In July 2015, I was awarded Master of Arts with distinction (MA, Writing for Screen & Stage) by Regents University, London. I was also honoured to be the recipient of the Postgraduate Student Prize.

My plays have been staged in London, New York and Dallas. I am perhaps best known for my work in verbatim theatre, a documentary-style technique that I enjoy sharing with other writers in my writing workshops. My 2017 verbatim drama, In The Tall Grass (Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas) won Outstanding New Play in the DFW Theatre Critics Forum Awards, 2018.

In contrast, I also write a lot of comedy. My 2014 "Pinter-esque" dark comedy, Almost The Birthday Party (Etcetera Theatre, London) continues to be licensed by theatre companies internationally. Most recently, a production by Carnoustie Theatre Club near Dundee, Scotland, placed 1st and won the Alex Drummond Trophy at the Scottish Community Drama Association, Northern Divisional Final 2019.

I am currently collaborating on my second musical, Vegas With A V (book and lyrics) with Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated composer Kevan Frost (Taboo, West End & Broadway).

I continue to facilitate playwriting courses and workshops as a teaching artist. A resource book based on my practical Playwrights Toolbox course is scheduled for publication in early 2020. 

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.


Broadway or Bust

Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas


In The Tall Grass *

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas


The Countess

Blue Elephant Theatre, London



Time Square Art Center, New York


Almost The Birthday Party

Etcetera Theatre, London




Brockley Jack Theatre, London



Tickled Pink!

Battersea Barge, London


Jack & The Beanstalk

Touring, UK & Ireland

* Winner: Outstanding New Play 2018 DFW Theatre Critics Forum Awards


Location Auckland, NZ
Email paul.kalburgi@gmail.com

© 2020 Paul Kalburgi