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2021 Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive


“We’re thrilled to include Priyanka Shetty in the 2021 Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive. Priyanka’s extraordinary promise as a playwright and her beautiful theatrical work assured her a place in this year's Intensive. We can’t wait to watch her grow.”


-Program Director, Gary Garrison


Priyanka has been selected as part of a cohort of burgeoning dramatists handpicked to join the prestigious Kennedy Center’s mentorship program for extraordinary playwrights this summer, where she will be completing the third play in her triptych of solos titled THE WALL. Not too long ago, The first solo play in this series, THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, had its critically acclaimed DC-premiere at The Kennedy Center in November 2019.


The Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive is led by Gary Garrison, an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and educator who has served as Executive Director of Creative Affairs for the Dramatists Guild of America and the Dramatists Guild Institute of Field Learning and Dramatic Writing in New York. This year Jacqueline Lawton and TJ Young have been added to the leadership roster. The 2021 intensive is designed to reach out and offer mentorship to playwrights throughout the country who may be from different backgrounds but according to Gary "what’s common to all of them is, in a word, talent."


The program consists of rigorous writing workshops and discussions of the art, craft, and business of playwriting. Recent teaching artists include Marsha Norman, Caridad Svich, Chisa Hutchinson, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Jacqueline Goldfinger.


Speaking of Priyanka's inclusion in the cohort, Gary says, "We’re thrilled to include Priyanka Shetty in the 2021 Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive. Priyanka’s extraordinary promise as a playwright and her beautiful theatrical work assured her a place in this year's Intensive. We can’t wait to watch her grow.”

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