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 Molly on December 02
This is our very last week of “Chicago’s Weird, Grandma”. SAD! Our guests are About Face Theatre Company and the Noah Ginex Puppet Company. GLAD! Here are their stories: Noah Ginex Puppet Company “Thief Vs. Zombies” by Anton, Mary, Camron,… more »
Posted by Eunice on November 26
What happens when you have fire cars driven by zombies, a giant hippo, a pretty pink boy, and socks stuffed with gummy worms onstage? You get the Loyola Park Fall Show, that’s what happens. And what a show it was!!! … more »
Posted by Julia on November 25
It’s hard to believe, but next Monday is the LAST performance of “Chicago’s Weird, Grandma.” We’ve had a great time working on stories with so many wonderful Chicago artists, and taking us out with a bang on December 2 are… more »
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