Students performing during Barrel of Monkeys' after school program at Loyola Park in Rogers Park

Barrel of Monkeys provides after-school Creative Writing Enrichment Programs in collaboration with after-school providers Youth Guidance and the Chicago Park District. Our after-school program curriculum builds our students’ confidence in self-expression and their enthusiasm for creative writing and theatre.

 

Our after-school programs are intended for 3rd-6th grade students in CPS schools. The curriculum is an extension of the BOM in-school residency curriculum, and each session is led by 2-3 trained Barrel of Monkeys actor-educators.

 

BOM After-School Program Students Learn About
    Introduction to story writing
    Fiction-genre writing
    Group story writing
    Theatre and drama techniques
    Ensemble-based theatre
For more information about our after-school program offerings, please contact Program Director, Shá Norman.

Students acting out a scene during Barrel of Monkeys' Loyola Park after school program in Rogers Park

Youth Guidance After-School Program

Barrel of Monkeys first partnered with Youth Guidance in the fall of 2015 at Skinner North Classical Elementary School. In 2018, we began partnering with Youth Guidance’s after-school programs at South Loop Elementary and Ravenswood Elementary schools. At the end of each after-school session, the BOM ensemble returns to the school to perform a show entirely written by the students in the program.

Loyola Park (LP) After-School Program

Our Loyola Park (LP) after-school program in the Rogers Park neighborhood began in 2004. BOM engages with the students and families in LP with our seven-week after-school program in the Spring, which also culminates in a BOM show written entirely by students in the program and performed at Loyola Park.

 

Barrel of Monkeys teaching artist Rachel Wilson writing with students during the Loyola Park after-school program in Rogers Park
A student at Barrel of Monkeys' Loyola Park after school program in Rogers Park writing a story
Barrel of Monkey's teaching artists and students posing during the Loyola Park after-school program in Rogers Park

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