A Note from Our Executive Director

Posted by Corinne on January 31, 2017

Dear friends of Barrel of Monkeys,

During a time of rapid and unprecedented change in this country and around the world, I want to pause for a moment and reflect with you about why we do what we do.

When our teaching artists step into the classroom and engage young people, we are not just teaching creative writing - we are working to engender in a new generation of Chicagoans a love for creative self-expression and confidence that their ideas matter. In this way we work toward our vision of a radically kind Chicago that champions children’s ideas - a vision that guides our work and our relationships, both within the company and with you, our community.

One of the greatest things about working in live theater is getting to interact face-to-face with supporters. Almost every week, we come together and experience students’ stories brought to life on stage. It is these connections that engender empathy, as we share joy in the workings of the human imagination - even in times where both empathy and joy seem lacking in the world.

I am so grateful that each of you has made the choice to value arts education, support local theater, and be part of our community. With your help, Barrel of Monkeys will continue to work tirelessly to create safe spaces for Chicago’s youth to play, laugh, write, and act out their brilliant stories for many more years to come.

Thank you for joining us on this important journey and believing in Barrel of Monkeys!

Corinne Neal
Executive Director

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