Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Our arts education theater ensemble works with some of the most under-served students in Chicago. BOM objectives are to:

  • teach fundamental creative writing skills;
  • provide consistent and nurturing attention to each student over a sustained period of time ;
  • build each student’s confidence in self-expression, self-esteem, and writing skills;
  • perform high quality, professional theater to the students we serve and the broader community;
  • and form lasting partnerships.

Mission Statement

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.

Vision

A radically kind Chicago that champions children’s ideas.

Programming

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

Back Stage at the Logan Show

Posted by Joe on January 27

This past weekend Barrel of Monkeys performed at the Logan Center in Hyde Park as part of their Winter Saturday Family Series! Would you like a sneak peek back stage!?!?  More

Over the river and through the woods

Posted by Bryan on January 15

As BOM teachers, we are often taken on spectacular journeys to faraway fantasy lands through the stories that our students write. This past fall, however, we were taken on a literal journey outside our typical stomping grounds of our beloved… More

The Holiday Round Must Close Tonight!

Posted by Joe on December 28

The Holidays are over! Now we have to wait almost a whole year for another Barrel of Monkeys Holiday round :( :( :( But you have one more chance to get your fill of elves, Santas, snowballs, reindeer, regular deer, and Marshmallow Drama! … More

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“There is laughter, fun, joy in every step of the creative writing process in this program.”

–Elsa Carmona, Principal, Little Village Academy