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Welcome to The Red Curtain Project (RCP), a new initiative from Thresh dedicated to sharing stories from around the world.  Born during the NYC Covid lockdowns, RCP's innovative digital stories highlight universal tenets, inspiring children to see connection and unity between cultures, while also encouraging them to live by the principles featured. 


Using movement, theatrics, music, visual art, and a simple red curtain as a prop, each story is the vibrant result of virtual collaboration between many different artists.  Artistic Director Preeti Vasudevan adapts ancient, contemporary, and mythological narratives, packaging them into a multi-disciplinary video under 10 minutes in length with additional activities and deeper explanations for the entire family.

(Why "Red Curtain"? Click here)




Lights for Gita is a delightful story celebrating Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Through the story of young Gita, who has immigrated to cold and wintery Canada from the tropical warmth of India, we discover what it means to dispel darkness and find true light within each of us and how we can make new homes in unknown countries, integrating meaningful customs from our heritage in celebration of diversity.


This performance is based on the book, Lights for Gita by Rachna Gilmore, illustrated by Alice Priestly and published by Second Story Press. It has been adapted with original music and illustration for the Red Curtain Project.

Our current story celebrates India's most famous festival - Diwali, the festival of lights. With numerous stories from ancient texts and Hindu mythology, Diwali's true meaning is to celebrate the dispelling of darkness within each of us with light. As each house is lit with candles and oil lamps, each flame is a reminder of hope, compassion and celebration of life as one people.

Kids Drawings



Here are some lovely drawings from young creatives from around the world who took the "Red Curtain Challenge"—to send us a drawing or a painting inspired by one of the stories.

You can scroll through all the images to find out a bit more about our young (and-not-so-young) artists. Click or tap on the images to find out more about each artist and what inspired them.


Would you like to be one of our fabulous creatives? Inspire us with your work and send it to


We would love to hear from you. Please let us know what works best for you and what you feel could be improved.

Our stories take a lot of work with many creators behind the scenes. If you like our stories please do consider supporting The Red Curtain Project, and help us keep publishing new stories and performances.

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