Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit

Monkeyhouse, an award winning nonprofit that connects communities through choreography, has collaborated with towns throughout New England to encourage residents of all ages to move with meaning. Founded in 2000, it began with a promise to build a laboratory where choreographers could create, experiment and present new work. We have mentored, nurtured and supported local, national, and international choreographers ranging from students first experimenting to established favorites. Monkeyhouse projects have toured to New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Winnepeg, Chicago and around New England. We've hosted hundreds of conversations about different creative processes and formed long term relationships with presenters, audience members and other choreographers. We hunger for events that bring communities together in ways that foster greater understanding between participants and form lasting relationships.

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Performed by Olivia Scharff & Sam Mullen

I Have Worked With

  • October 2019

    Monkeyhouse's Artistic Director, Karen Krolak, collaborated with visual artist, Adria Arch, Executive Director of the Fitchburg Historical Society, Susan Navarre, Mathematics Professor, Catherine Buell, and Curator Lisa Crossman to develop a series of workshops and a community performance related to Reframing Eleanor. We received funding from Mass Humanities to support this project.

  • October 2019

    Monkeyhouse received funding from the Malden Cultural council to develop a new quartet, entitled 8 Feet, that is designed to be performed in an 8 foot square space. This piece was created to be performed at little free libraries, farmers' markets and other outdoor spaces. It does not need any special flooring. It premiered at an event at the Clary and Cimermanis Little Free Library.

  • October 2019

    Monkeyhouse has participated in all three of the DS Arts Homecomings. This year we presented a new duet to the entire Pine Hill Student body, ran two workshops for elementary students, presented two lec/dems for high school students, and were panelists in a talk back session. This biennial program is funded through the Mudge Foundation.


  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 221
Somerville, MA 02143
Physical Address: 
Somerville, MA 02143
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Jazz
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Tap / Percussive
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

2019 - Malden LCC Grant
2019 - Medford LCC Grant
2015 - Hiraeth 2.0, One of the 2015 Best Dance Pieces of 2015, Arts Fuse, Cambridge MA
2010, 2007, & 2006 - Voted Best Dance Company in Boston by Boston Phoenix Readers' Poll
2002 - Won Best Costume Design @ New York International Fringe Festival
2002 - Named Exemplary Project by the Massachusetts Cultural Council

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Prefer a wood floor but that is flexile
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
High School-age