Photo of child authors

1 Barrel of Monkeys teaches creative writing workshops in Chicago Public Schools, and in our own after-school program.

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2 The ensemble adapts the stories into sketches and songs which are performed for the school, and later for the public.

Photo of kids at Celebration of Authors

3 The kids become stars, and the world is saved. The End.

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Celebration of Authors is June 2!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us for our end-of-the-school-year celebratory show that features stories from each of our school partners and celebrates our student authors. This event is truly spectacular! You won’t want to miss it!

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That’s Weird, Grandma is on a Break until June 8!

That’s Weird, Grandma is on a break through the month of May. We’ll be back in full force on Monday nights, beginning June 8. You can get your tickets for our summer shows now! You will like it!

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From the Blog

North Lawndale, or “Teamwork makes the Dream Work!”

Posted by Bryan on May 15

Hi, internet! This is your good friend Bryan letting you know all is well—nay, FANTASTIC—with the North Lawndale school show adapting process. And I’ll have you know that it’s especially thrilling for me to be in… More

The Monkey Minute! Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by Amanda Farrar on May 07

Barrel of Monkeys teaches writing residencies to students, but more often than naught it’s us who are receiving the education. There are many lessons to learn from the pens of elementary school students, and below are some that I,… More

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