Priyanka Shetty is an award-winning actor, playwright, and director based in Philadelphia. As a creator of original works, Priyanka is focused on making art that is a reflection of our times. With humor, insight, and raw energy, her plays pose critical questions about contemporary issues, engender dialogue, and are a call for solidarity and collective action.
Her critically acclaimed one-woman show The Elephant in the Room has been performed at numerous venues across the country including The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and will be staged at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe as part of the prestigious Assembly Festival. Priyanka recently made her Off-Broadway debut with her second solo play #Charlottesville at the Drama Desk award-winning 59E59 Theaters in NYC. She is currently working on The Wall, the final play in her Triptych of Solos. She was handpicked for the prestigious Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive 2021 and is a semi-finalist for the 2022 Eugene O’Neill National Playwriting Conference. Priyanka earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Virginia and has served on the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama. She is currently a teaching artist with Tectonic Theater Project's Moment Work Institute.
Priyanka's triptych of solos will have a coordinated nationwide premiere across multiple cities in 2022-23. She is excited to continue touring with The Elephant in the Room nationally and internationally, including the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which will be followed by a Scotland and wider-UK tour.
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