Section title: School Programs; Page title: About Our School Programs; URL title: about_our_school_programs

Barrel of Monkeys’ workshop and performance model puts students’ ideas first. BOM facilitators conduct weekly creative writing workshops in Chicago Public School elementary classrooms over six-week periods and at our after-school program in partnership with the Chicago Park District year long.

The goals of our program are to:

Since our inception in 1997 we have worked in 46 Chicago Public Schools. More than 7,000 lower-income elementary school students have participated in the BOM programs that provide a rare opportunity for creative expression and build literacy skills, self-esteem, and confidence in student ideas and abilities.

In an effort to reduce the many obstacles that stand in the way of writing stories, making plays, and using imagination, we ask that students not focus on spelling and grammar while they craft their work.  We ask that you keep this in mind when you delve into their masterpieces.

We also offer professional development workshops to classroom educators!  We offer workshops on teaching playwriting, ensemble building theatre games, teaching empathy in the classroom, and of course integrating the Barrel of Monkeys Method into the classroom!

For more information about our in-school residency, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information about our After-School Program or professional development opportunities please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

From the Blog: School Programs

Haines Elementary School Show

Posted by Dan R on April 10

With all the firsts (and a few seconds) in this show, it’s time to get excited. It’s the first school show for BOM Teacher, Ashley Bland. She’s been teaching with us for a while now, but this is her first… more »


Posted by Bradford on March 20

Rehearsal for the Dewey show kicked off this week, and man oh man is it going to be a fun show. With a small, yet powerful cast, and director Marika Mashburn at the helm; many a laughs have been had… more »

That’s Poe Raven!

Posted by Emjoy on March 18

Once upon a Monday early, while we traveled, we thought surely The students of Poe wrote such awesome characters to explore While we pondered their inspiration for their stories’ exclamation As of someone’s jubilation, bubbling out a mental drawer “They’re… more »

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