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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:

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

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.

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:

Come on Out of the Rain!

Posted by Molly on August 25

Tonight’s “That’s Weird, Grandma” is packed with excitement! Rhinos! Monkeys! Zombies! Join us tonight and say “I’m going to make a short story a long story” for discounted tickets.

A Scary Mystery and a Bad Cat

Posted by Molly on August 17

Please join us for this week’s celebrity-studded “That’s Weird, Grandma”.  In this week’s new stories, Michael Jackson and a Bad Cat learn a lessons messing with something they shouldn’t.  THE BAD CAT by Victoria K, Poe Classical School There once… more »

Brand New Cast! Come enjoy Summer Grandma!

Posted by Molly on August 11

Tonights lineup includes these great Monkeys:  Nicholas Hart, Brad Stevens, Nancy Casas, Linsey Falls, Katie Suib and Eunice Woods! Here are the stories… 10,000 POUNDS by Brooke B, Poe Classical School One day a girl was training for the Olympics… more »

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