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Meet our 2020 Cohort of Fellows

About The Fellowship

We seek dedicated, serious-minded, highly motivated individuals who seek to embark upon a professional theatre career and wish to learn everything that goes behind-the-scenes in terms of managing a creative practice or organization. Fellows will be directly exposed to the daily operations of Kaivalya Plays and offered the opportunity to train with a skilled group of artists, managers, directors and designers. During the Fellowship, Fellows are encouraged to fulfill as many career-building goals and objectives as possible, gaining both practical experience and professional contacts through the Fellowship. In addition to their specialized training, participants gain additional insight into the art and operations of a professional theatre organization through regularly scheduled meetings and seminars led by guest speakers and members of Kaivalya Plays’ senior team.

Please note this Fellowship does not offer artistic training – we will not train you to become better actors, writers or directors. This is an opportunity to grow in the specific activities that are crucial to the behind-the-scenes running of a successful theatre company, festival, or space – such as programming, marketing, budgeting, project management, fund-raising, among others.

The Fellowship is fully remote (ie you can apply and join from anywhere) and is open to everyone aged 18 and above, currently living in India. Fellows will receive a fixed stipend for the entire duration of the Fellowship.

Got more questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions section below.​

Overview of the Fellowship

  • Location: Fully remote and online

  • Duration: 2.5 months (June 15 to Aug 31)

  • Commitment: 10-20 hours every week

  • Stipend: INR 10,000 total stipend

  • No Of Fellows: 3

The Fellows will work directly with the Artistic Director and Production Manager of Kaivalya Plays to learn the ins and outs of day-to-day operations, communications, content creation, project planning and ideation, grant writing and message drafting, event and financial planning, box-office registration, collection, reconciliation, and reporting. Fellows will also drive independent projects from start to finish.

The Fellows will also undertake hands-on training in online softwares critical to the growth of a creative arts organization, such as Wix for website building, Google Suite for creating presentations, Instamojo & other payment applications for managing funds, Insider Business and other event management platforms, among other tools and technologies.

Who Is This Fellowship For

Kaivalya Plays seeks applicants who have already acquired basic training and experience in their field and are ready for the next step toward a career in professional theatre.


Ideal candidates should be curious about the processes involved in staging a production, eager about innovative approaches and strategies to marketing theatre, ambitions about scaling a production organization and ready to join a professional, artistic community.


Our goal is to help our Fellows transition successfully from being an independent freelancer into the world of professional management. The Fellowship aims to equip them with the tools and knowledge to grow their individual artistic practice or contribute towards the growth of another theatre collective, venue or festival they are associated with or will join in the future.

Please note this Fellowship does not offer artistic training – if you wish to become an actor, writer or director, this is not the right opportunity for you.

Timeline of the Fellowship

  • May 16: Applications open at 7PM IST

  • June 6: Applications close at 11:59PM IST

  • June 7 to June 12: Online interviews for shortlisted candidates

  • June 13: Declaration of shortlisted candidates

  • June 15: Commencement of Fellowship

  • Aug 31: End of Fellowship

Application Process for the Fellowship

You can apply using the online application form on the Kaivalya Plays website, where you’ll answer questions about your prior experience, motivation to apply, and how this Fellowship fits into your long-term professional plans. If we find your application suitable, we will shortlist you for an interview (or two) with the Kaivalya Plays team. Please note that given we are a small team, we would be unable to provide individual feedback on the unsuccessful applications.


The final list of shortlisted candidates will be declared on June 10th and the Fellowship will commence from June 15th.

About Kaivalya Plays


Kaivalya Plays is a Delhi-based collective of independent theatre practitioners led by Varoon P. Anand as its Artistic Director and Gaurav Singh Nijjer as Production Manager. 


Registered in New Delhi as a society since 2013, Kaivalya Plays has strived to increase the presence of women in theatre, mentor new talent and design innovative experiences for spectators. Over the course of six years, they have worked consistently, been very noisy, and built associations with the institutions all across India. 


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Theatre Management Fellowship

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Kaivalya Plays is committed to encouraging the growth of the theatre community and the next generation of theatre-makers, builders and educators in India. 


The Theatre Management Fellowship, a first-of-its-kind training initiative focused on strategic management and creative administration in the field of theatre. 

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