The Junoon People
Our Team

Junoon is the brainchild of Sanjna Kapoor and Sameera Iyengar who have been working together since 2002, and are possessed by the desire to reach theatre and the arts out to more and more people. Luckily, they quickly found other maniacs who saw value in this dream. Today, the Junoon team is a strong mix of people from within the theatre world, and professionals committed to the idea that arts and theatre have to be seeded and nurtured across India. Meet us below, and at our various activities and events. :-)

Sanjna Kapoor
Co-founder & Director. Sanjna spearheads the Arts at Play for Schools programme, loves the sheer energy and excitement of the arts and is brilliant at curating this for eager audiences. She instigated the creation of the India Theatre Forum (ITF) because she was feeling lonely, and is currently part of the core team as well as a core team member and facilitator for SMART - Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre. Many of you will remember her for building Prithvi Theatre into a warm, inviting cultural hub, some of you will remember her for her earnest Amul India Show questioning, and some of you apparently loved her in Hero Hiralal - a confession which never fails to embarrass her. She believes in multi-tasking, and will one day possibly achieve being in multiple places at once - so that she can always be with theatre and always be with her son at one and the same time. When you don't find her messing about with the arts, you'll probably find her in the jungles of Africa or scuba-diving in some beautiful ocean somewhere, talking to the manta-rays.
Sameera Iyengar
Co-founder & Director. Sameera spearheads the Mumbai Local programme at Junoon, loves coming up with new concepts to unleash on (mostly unsuspecting!) artists and audiences, is fascinated by the online world and its possibilities for the arts, and in between harangues her team about systems, processes, details and general excellence in everything. She is also associated with the India Theatre Forum (ITF) from its inception in 2006, and is currently Course Coordinator for SMART - Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre. Previous but interconnected lives included Director Projects at Prithvi Theatre (2002-2011), freelancer with Seagull Theatre Quarterly (1997-2000), PhD on theatre from University of Chicago (2001) and Bsc in Mathematics with a Minor in Theatre from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When she is not in the office with a glass of cutting chai, Sameera takes endless pictures of her bulldogs, and chats with people who do crazy, wonderful things in the arts to see how they can add to our junoon.
Dinesh Roundhal
Office & Production Assistant. Dinesh is our pillar of support for running all our programmes on-ground. Absolutely dependable and ever-smiling, he makes sure everything is always in place as it should be for the programme to run smoothly. He is one of Junoon's earliest members, and has been part of almost every step of our story. As a dahi-handi gymnast who’s also a theatre-lover, it was only natural for Dinesh to veer off the beaten path and dive into something new. Currently, he assists in production and his hunger to learn is only on the rise. We are delighted to whet his appetite in the world of the theatre! When he’s not at Junoon, you will probably find him plotting and planning some delightful escapade with his friends. Oh yes! He also has a thing for mirrors.
Edgar Fernandes
Programme Coordinator. Edgar is a bundle of fun. Even when he's seriously at work! With a BMS from Mumbai University and a stint in Customer Management, Edgar jumped into the world of arts with a beaming smile. At Junoon, he runs the Mumbai Local programme, from ground-up and top-down, making sure everything is just the way it should be, so that both our artists and audiences have the best experience possible. He loves playing the guitar, playing football and has a 'thing' for fast cars and airplanes. We presume that means he's creative, a team player and has a 'thing' for speed. A combination we're more than happy to have on board!
Riddhi Suchak
Programme Manager. Riddhi portrays a calm, wise persona that hides behind it a wicked sense of humour. With a degree in finance from Nottingham University, she followed her heart and came back to where she had felt most comfortable since she was a child - the world of theatre. She runs our school programme with an almost-effortless grace, smiling calmly as she sails through the high theatrics. Ever willing to learn and grow, Riddhi brings a warm, reassuring and delightful energy into Junoon. Riddhi spends her weekends showering love, affection and care on stray dogs across the city. Her other secret love is superheros - with a special affection for, believe it or not, The Hulk!
Vandana Solanki
Finance Manager, Vandana is the one who makes sure Junoon's finances are in place and Junoon’s leaders are doing their job of raising funds! She completed her MComm from Mumbai University and is currently studying to becoming a CA. With over 8 years of experience in the field, she is more than capable of handling the 'drama' of finance in theatre. And so she does, with a cheerful grin all through. She loves travelling, good food and dogs. And she’s always up for a steaming cup of chai and a satisfying conversation.
Priyanka Ghose
Programme Manager. Priyanka is always smiling, and seems to have a never-run-down battery that keeps her going and going and going. Armed with a B.Sc in Geography from Loreto College, Kolkata, and experience managing a theatre festival in Kolkata, her heart belongs to the arts and she gains no greater pleasure than doing all the nitty gritty work that make the arts happen. Her good humour and team spirit bring a wonderful energy into the Junoon office. She loves children, people in general, sports, dogs, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chelsea. And if you ask her what she truly loves, she will tell you she loves being happy! We know she also loves putting a smile on everyone’s face.
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