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503Studio: Pravin Wilkins

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503Studio Masterclass: Writing a Multicultural World

This course is for writers who are interested in how race, culture, and nationality are (mis)represented in theatre, TV and film–for artists who endeavour to represent multicultural worlds on stage in a respectful and nuanced way. We will call into question what is appropriative and what is respectful and discuss how one might tell the difference.

We are experiencing a moment in the theatre world where people of colour are finally being offered more space to tell their own stories, but this is only the beginning of the process of dismantling stereotypical representations of race. In a diverse nation and a diverse world, we need to better understand one another—this class will act as a step in that process. Writers will be asked to interrogate their own relationships with race and identity as a way in to representing cultures that differ from one’s own.

Thanks to our Share The Drama scheme, we want to make sure those of you who are struggling in the current climate can still take part in our Writers Programme. While we prioritise anyone who is long term unemployed and/or claiming benefits, we’re also offering subsidies if you’re in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

To express interest in a bursary place through our Share The Drama scheme, please sign up here. If you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team about your circumstance or to ask for more information about this scheme, please contact us.

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us here.

Time: 7pm – 9.30pm

Running time of workshop: 2.5 hours – delivered online. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

To sign up for advanced booking for future iterations of the 503Studio: Writers Programme, please join the waiting list here.

Pravin Wilkins is a playwright, poet, and fiction writer from San Diego, California, whose works typically deal with race and class struggle – and the many intersections between. He began writing plays during his undergraduate education at UC San Diego, where he was presented the faculty-nominated Eric Bowling Award for his site-specific protest piece #takebackgraffitihall. A couple years later, while pursuing his MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, his play Moreno was selected as a finalist for the 2020 National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center– subsequently, Moreno was featured in Kane Repertory Theater’s New Play Lab reading series. After earning his MFA, Pravin was chosen as a Fall 2020 Writer-in-Residence at City Books in Pittsburgh, where he is continuing his work as a writer, educator, and activist. His plays and poems have since been featured and digitally produced by The Dramatic Question Theater (The Hamlet Monologues, 2021) and Four Walls Theater (Bars, 2020; Reclamation, 2021). Most recently, Pravin received an Offie nomination for Most Promising New Playwright in recognition of Moreno, which–in March 2022–received its world premiere at Theatre503.


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