Barrel of Monkeys Celebrating the power of children's imaginations since 1997

Events and Announcements

Celebration of Authors, June 13th (Free Event)

At the end of each school year we host a show celebrating the student authors we worked with throughout the year. This FREE production invites every student we worked with, their families, and teachers to enjoy a night of student-centered fun and a show performed by the Barrel of Monkeys ensemble. This year we would like to invite the general public to join in celebrating our student authors.

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What is Barrel of Monkeys?

A Barrel of Monkeys teacher with child authors in a classroom

Barrel of Monkeys teaches creative writing workshops to students aged 7-13 in Chicago Public Schools and in our after-school program at Loyola Park.

Barrel of Monkeys actors in a public performance

Barrel of Monkeys actors and musicians adapt student-written stories into sketches and songs, which are performed for the schools and later for the public.

Smiling kids in the audience at Celebration of Authors

The students are celebrated and their voices are championed throughout Chicago.

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