Born on 15 June 1977 in Lanka Kachhuara village of Patna,
Bihar, Shri Pravin Kumar completed his B.A. (Hons) in
Dramatics from Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga.
A product of Sangeet Natak Akademi's Young Theatre Artists
Workshops, he went on to join the National School of Drama
from where he graduated as a stage designer in 2009.
Affectionately known as Gunjan, Shri Pravin Kumar has directed a number of plays including Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare), Men Without Shadows (Jean Paul Sartre), Andha Yug (Dharamvir Bharti), etc. Many of these plays have been enacted in major festivals across India. Shri Kumar’s active association with theatre began during his childhood when he started to take part in performances during the Durga Puja festivities. Later Shri Praveen Kumar established his own group named Experimental Theatre. He directed his first play Camp (written by Rameshwar Prem) under that banner. His creative energies were further consolidated with his participation in Phase I (30 days) and Phase II (75 days) of the Young Theatre Artists’ Workshops. In 2006, he was selected for a three-year course at the National School of Drama. Afterwards, he established yet another group named The Fact.
Shri Pravin Kumar is a recipient of the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award as Best Director for the play Samjhauta (2012); the Bhikhari Thakur Yuva Rang Samman by the Government of Bihar (2012); and a Gold Medal in the National Youth Festival in Bhubaneswar (2009) for the play Nine Idiots written by him.
Shri Pravin Kumar receives the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2011 for his notable talent in theatre direction.