Arts at Play with Schools
Celebrating learning

Curiosity, creativity and imagination are key ingredients in a healthy learning process.

These are the traits that transform individuals from passive receivers of information to active seekers of knowledge. These are also the traits that enable innovative application of knowledge to building better tomorrows.

Young people learn as much through inspiration as through textbooks. Perhaps more.

And what can be more inspiring than artists, who apply curiosity, creativity and imagination in their daily practice, with passion, deep thinking and joy. They stand testimony to the idea that learning, exploration, seeking and discovery are joyous activities. We at Junoon believe that young people must regularly have access to artists and their arts practices, to seep in this spirit of the arts. Such exposure can be transformative and life-changing - and it is to this end that we are delighted to offer you our programme, Arts at Play with Schools.

Through our Arts at Play with Schools programme, we offer three distinct learning engagements: Theatre AdventuresArts Encounters, Teachers' Workshops and Arts Week. We have collaborated with the best creative practitioners in the Arts to design these engagements, keeping inspiration, exposure and learning for young people in mind.


Theatre Adventures

Theatre for children is a young, growing and exciting field in India. Junoon’s Theatre Adventures bring to students some of the very best of professional theatre shows, made especially with young audiences in mind. We bring this theatre directly to the school – into the intimacy of the school premises, transforming the school experience for their students on that day.

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Arts Encounters

India has a long unbroken history of the arts, with each region of the country throwing up a phenomenal diversity of arts expressions and practices. So much of who we are is in our arts and culture. Junoon’s Arts Encounters bring performing arts from across India to your doorstep, so that students may experience and revel in the rich culture we have.

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Teachers' Workshops

Junoon’s Teachers’ Workshops offer theatre and the arts as a powerful means to unleash the artistic potential of each teacher. Each individual participant in the workshop is taken through a journey of self-discovery, enabling him or her to tap into their own artistic self and bring that creativity into the classroom space and into their engagement with children.

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The Arts Week

A week-long, immersive experience, the Arts at Play Week combines exposure, learning and practice to open out the horizons of the mind for young people, while simultaneously building value for rigour, reflection, effort and determination. Students experience the power of teamwork and collaboration, and the joys of free creative expression. They learn how to transform working with what you have into magic and delight. They learn that it is in their power to create an interesting life for themselves.

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Six years of Arts at Play
  • Engaged with 46 schools across 16 cities in India
  • Delighted and interacted with 28,000 students
  • Curated 150 professional artists, scientists and performance groups
The Team

Our core team, with a collective expertise of 45+ years working with theatre for children, collaborates with our pan-India network of artists to create unique engagements for young audiences. Meet our experienced team of arts curators, practitioners and educationists:

Sanjna Kapoor, Co-founder and Director, Junoon
Theatre personality and arts curator, she has been at the forefront of seeding theatre for children in India for the past 25 years.

Sameera Iyengar, Co-founder and Director, Junoon
Mathematics graduate from MIT, PhD in Theatre from University of Chicago and performing arts curator, she has been designing innovative arts engagement programmes for the past 13 years.

Shaili Sathyu, Artistic Director and Founder, Gillo Theatre Repertory
Education consultant with schools, she runs a professional theatre group for young audiences and has been working in arts and education for over 14 years.

Timira Gupta, Educationist and Arts-Based Therapy Practitioner
Education consultant for schools, she runs programmes for teachers on how to use arts in the classroom.

Gillo Theatre Repertory
A group specialising in theatre for young audiences, they have created 12 plays in the past 6 years. Gillo also conducts workshops and engagements that make theatre and the allied arts an integral part of children's lives.