Unapologetically Original - A workshop and a screening with Priyanka Shetty

When and Where

Friday, September 15, 2023 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
UC Union/Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
79 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2E5


Priyanka Shetty will screen her 30-minute documentary If Elephants Could Fly, which examines her experience taking her show on tour. The screening will then be followed by a live workshop and Q&A. 

This workshop is offered to performers, artists, and individuals interested in mastering the business side of booking a solo show, touring, negotiating fees and contracts, marketing, and collaborating effectively with producers, designers, and directors. 

To RSVP, please email debleena.tripathi@mail.utoronto.ca


Priyanka Shetty, an award-winning actor, director, and playwright based in Philadelphia, PA. 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 was recently staged at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Assembly Festival which was followed by a Scotland Tour. Priyanka made her Off-Broadway debut with #CHARLOTTESVILLE at the Drama Desk award-winning 59E59 Theatres’ “East to Edinburgh” Festival in 2021. She was also handpicked for the prestigious Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive in 2021, and was the semi-finalist for the 2022 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Priyanka earned a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Virginia and has served on the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama.

If Elephants Could Fly

Can elephants really fly? In this short documentary, we follow actor Priyanka Shetty as she takes her one-woman show, The Elephant in the Room, to the world's largest arts festival - the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As a South Asian immigrant navigating a new country, Priyanka faces the daunting task of establishing herself as an 'artist of extraordinary ability'. Braving unpredictable weather, homesickness, and a packed schedule, she completes a grueling month-long run in Edinburgh, with the stakes getting higher with each passing day. Will she be able to overcome the odds and achieve her dream?


79 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2E5