Kids Write It. We Do It. World Saved.

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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.

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

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Barrel of Monkeys is partnering with some of Chicago’s best performing arts companies for its third iteration of “Chicago’s Weird, Grandma”, from October 27 – December 1, 2014. Each week, different guest companies will bring their unique talents to transform stories written by Chicago Public School students into entertaining sketches incorporating puppetry, sketch comedy, clowning, music, dance and other disciplines.

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Volunteer for #GivingTuesday Service Day

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, Barrel of Monkeys is hosting a day of service in the office to prepare for all of our winter writing residencies in Chicago Public Elementary Schools! Please join us!

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From the Blog:

No Limits!

Posted by Jason on November 23

Hello, Monkey Fan!  Tomorrow (Mon. 11/24) is Show #5 of “Chicago’s Weird, Grandma”!  As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s important to remember to push past any limitations you may feel on you, whether self-imposed or from societal norms.  Sure,… More →

Websites and Journeys

Posted by Jason on November 17

Those of us of a certain age may remember passing notes in school to find out if that special girl of boy liked you or LIKED liked you.  But now, Eric C. from Columbia Explorers Academy envisions a school… More →

Loyola Park Fall, small and mighty

Posted by Kate on November 16

Six actors. Twenty six authors. One week. Sometimes it is our biggest challenges that bring out our best work, and the Loyola Park Fall show is about to prove this to the world! These stories are awesome, we have gods… More →

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