Malaysia: The Jumping Jelly Beans (JJB) was started by Shanthini Venugopal in 2000 with the vision of doing theatre for children. Currently, JJB carries out workshops and performances for children and adults, and is recognised for its ongoing work with special needs children since 2001.
In recent years, JJB has conducted extensive theatre training classes and workshops for children with special needs in Malaysia from as young as 4 years old. The company has been awarded the ‘Best Community Arts project’ at the the Cameronian Arts Award in 2005 for their work with students with learning disabilities and Shanthini was one of the participants chosen for the *rica rica children’s festival in Okinawa in 2015. For more on The Jumping JellyBeans, visit its blog: www.thejumpingjellybeans.blogspot.com