Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) is an arts education theater ensemble that works with some of the most under-served students in Chicago. BOM achieves its mission by:
- teaching fundamental creative writing skills;
- providing a safe and supportive learning environment;
- building self-esteem and confidence in children;
- adapting stories written by children for the stage by professional actors;
- and presenting a smart, funny theatre experience.
Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) is an ensemble of actor/educators who create an alternative learning environment in which children share their personal voices and celebrate the power of their imaginations. BOM accomplishes this through creative writing workshops and in-school performances of children’s stories. BOM also engages the broader community in support of the visions of children through public performances of their work.
BOM strives to build a community that champions the vision of every child. Our goal is to use creative drama and writing exercises, coupled with professional performance, to validate children’s ideas and help them to build self-esteem. Studies show that increasing confidence in self-expression and writing skills in 3rd-6th grades lays a strong foundation for long-term improvement of literacy skills and interest in the arts.
BOM’s programming is comprised of three branches: our in-school residency program, an after-school program, and public performances. While each of these branches of our programming is essential to our mission of empowering the youth of Chicago with their creative voices, our school residency program is the core work of our organization.
From the Blog:
Posted by Elizabeth on September 16
Monkey-o-Kee is THIS Thursday night! A karaoke fundraiser that supports Barrel of Monkeys’ work in Chicago Public Schools?? Do tell! Well, here is where you can buy your tickets! Can’t make the event? Want to further support this event and… more »
Posted by Joe on September 14
Come on down and see an all new That’s Weird, Grandma! This week’s show is directed by Company Member Matt Miller! And the show features a very large humpback whale! Say “Don’t drink too much coffee” to Ambar at the box office to get discounted tickets! See you Monday at 8pm!
Posted by Joe on August 31
Come one, come all to “That’s Weird, Grandma” this monday and you will see great sights! Welcome guest director Geoff Rice and guest musician/performer Gwen Tulin! Also! Welcome two “Grandma” premieres: “THE DAY JULIAN KISS A CROCODILE” and “THE MONSTEROUS”!… more »
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