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Barrel of Monkeys

2017-18 Artistic Associates

Category: Non-Equity Audition
Pay: Yes

Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) is an arts education nonprofit that has been creating alternative learning environments and professional school-based performances since 1997. BOM is a community of approximately 60 passionate actor-educators who value the creative voices of young people. BOM teaches creative writing workshops in Chicago Public Schools and in our own after-school program. Our performers adapt the stories written by our students into sketches, songs, and poems, which are then performed for the school community. BOM is seeking actor-educators of all ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and silhouettes who have great collaborative skills, improvisation abilities, and a passion for working with and performing for youth.

Ideal candidates have experience in public performance, sketch, musical theatre, directing and/or devising original work. They are skilled teaching artists and have experience working in schools, with young people, and performing throughout the city. Barrel​ ​of​ ​Monkeys​ ​is​ ​especially​ ​seeking musicians​ ​who​ ​can​ ​underscore​ ​and​ ​adapt​ ​student​ ​stories​ ​into​ ​musical​ ​numbers,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​performers​ ​ ​who​ ​reflect​ ​the​ ​cultural​ ​backgrounds​ ​of the​ ​students​ ​we​ ​serve,​ ​who​ ​are​ ​primarily​ ​Black​ ​and​ ​Latino​ ​students​ ​on​ ​the​ ​South​ ​and​ ​West​ ​sides​ ​of​ ​Chicago.​ ​Fluency​ ​in​ ​Spanish​ ​is​ ​also​ ​highly desirable.​ ​Above all, we are looking for artists who are passionate about the work we do and the young people with whom we collaborate.

Expectations: Artistic Associates are expected to perform in 3-5 school-based shows during the 2017-2018 school year, become oriented with our in-school curriculum, attend trainings and meetings, and engage in the BOM community. After an Artistic Associate fulfills these expectations for at least one year, they may become candidates for Company Membership.

Audition​ ​Details:
Auditions will be held at the Barrel of Monkeys rehearsal space (4222 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 205) on the following dates. Each auditioner will be assigned a 5 minute individual slot.
-Tuesday 10/3 6:30pm-9:30pm
-Wednesday 10/4 6:30pm-9:30pm
-Thursday 10/5 6:30pm-9:30pm

Callbacks will be held on October 7th at Free Street Theatre (1419 W Blackhawk St). If you are called back you will be invited to attend one of the 2-hour callbacks slots on that date, which are from 9:30am-11:30am and 12pm-2pm.

Auditions will be held at BOM Office 4222 N Ravenswood Suite 205 Chicago, IL 60613

Material To Prepare:
-ALL​ ​Auditioners​: Please prepare a 2 minute comedic monologue or solo performance piece.
-Musicians​: Please ALSO prepare a 2-3 minute original musical performance piece adapted from a student-written BOM story of your choosing.
-Non-Musicians​: In addition to your comedic monologue, please come prepared to demonstrate your range of talents in some other way. You can sing, dance, rap, mime, or incorporate any other artistic element that shows off your skills. Be creative!
Note: There will be no accompanist, but there will be a keyboard and amp with iPod cord for your use. Feel free to bring a portable musical instrument, or to sing a capella.

Contact Info:
To sign up for an Audition Slot, please email with your full name as the subject line, and include the following:
-Your preferred night to audition (10/3, 10/4, or 10/5)
-Your headshot or photo, attached
-Your performance/artistic resume, attached
-A resume or description of your history of working as a teaching artist and/or working with young people, attached (if applicable)
-Please include information about any and all instruments you play (especially piano)

Please include information about Spanish language proficiency

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Audition Dates:

Oct 3 6:30-9:30pm
Oct 4 6:30-9:30pm
Oct 5 6:30-9:30pm
Posted Date: Sep 6, 2017