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Pictured: Barrel of Monkeys Artistic Director Joseph Schupbach
Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble Barrel of Monkeys announced today that Joseph Schupbach will end his tenure as the company’s Artistic Director later this summer. Schupbach began his career with Barrel of Monkeys in 2005 and was cast as an ensemble member in 2007. Before his appointment as Artistic Director in 2014, he also served as the company’s After-School Program Coordinator and Education Coordinator. Schupbach is leaving to pursue an MFA in Dramatic Arts. He will continue his involvement with the company as an Emeritus Company Member, returning periodically to guest direct and perform in shows. The company will be launching a search for Schupbach’s successor shortly.
“Barrel of Monkeys is grateful for the many years of exemplary service and leadership Joe has shared with us, as well as his heartfelt dedication to our artists, audiences and students, comments Executive Director Corinne Neal. “Joe’s commitment to cultivating new leadership within the organization and providing opportunities for young artists to develop professionally has left Barrel of Monkeys in a position of strength as we embark on the search for a successor. We wish Joe all the very best in his graduate studies, and look forward to entering a new era of artistic leadership built upon the rock-solid foundation he has laid.”
Adds Schupbach, “I cherish all of the relationships, connections and experiences I have shared with this organization and artistic community. Barrel of Monkeys has been an artistic home to me for more than a decade, and I look forward to watching it continue to grow and thrive under the new leadership. While I am excited for this incredible opportunity at UC Davis, Barrel of Monkeys will never be far from my heart.”