Artist / Program Description:
Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) is an arts education theater program that teaches creative writing workshops using drama games, group story writing, and individual writing activities. At the end of a residency, BOM's adult professional ensemble transforms the stories into a sketch comedy show for the entire school.
The Barrel of Monkeys touring show is comprised of favorite sketches and songs developed over seven years of work in classrooms in Chicago. The show,
forty-five minutes in length, looks more like a sketch-comedy show than a traditional theater piece. Performances are appropriate for K-6. In addition, work with bilingual students has led BOM to construct some of their pieces in Spanish. While the show is not entirely bilingual, it is appropriate for those with limited English proficiency. BOM has extensive experience working in underserved neighborhoods.