Pravin Wilkins is a playwright and screenwriter from San Diego, California. He began writing plays during his time as an undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego. There, he received the Eric Bowling Award from the UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance for his one-act play, #takebackgraffitihall, a site-specific protest piece centered on the decision of campus administration to shut down the University Art Gallery. Inspired by the success of the piece in its mission to both contribute to & commemorate a collective act of political resistance, he applied to graduate school in order to learn more about the craft and industry of playwriting, in the hopes of continuing work in the spirit of #takebackgraffitihall, but in new spaces and on even greater scales.
During his time at Carnegie Mellon University, he wrote his first full-length play, Moreno, a drama centering four fictional NFL players who are faced with career-making decisions in the summer of 2016 when Colin Kaepernick begins his protest against police violence and racial inequity. Currently, Moreno is a 2020/2021 finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference. His plays typically deal with race and class struggle and the many intersections between. Pravin is a graduating MFA candidate from the Dramatic Writing program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.