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All-Ages Salon

September 30, 2-3pm

Park Hill Orchard

82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton





PIC’s annual All-Ages Salon at Park Hill Orchard is a celebration of the artistic process and is day one of our two day PIC Kids Fall Fest event. Join us for this sharing of new, original works created and performed by youth and adult artists in an iconic outdoor setting. The lineup includes:


New music from Carrie Ferguson (of The Grumpytime Club)


Music by youth Artist Ruthie Eppsteiner

A work-in-progress showing of PIC's own 2023 Residency Piece,

Field Notes from a Feminist Theater Potluck

A sharing by new comedy and theatrical team of youth artists

June Stackhouse and Bowie Gerlitz Iglesias

A solo dance and spoken word piece by by Liz O'Brien  entitled, 

A Well Oiled System

A new theatrical scene by youth artist Andalucia Wein and friends



All shared pieces are designed for a family-friendly audience.  In addition to premiering their new work, performers will engage in a conversation sharing insights into their creative practice with the audience.

You can find us on the Park Hill Orchard Willow Stage (right next to the farm store.) Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and low-seat chairs, and are welcome to come early and stay late to buy apples and enjoy the beauty of Park Hill! Rain Date will be Sun Oct 1st, 10-11am

This event is FREE to attend, but we'd love for you to let us know you plan to come.

Click here to register.


Images from the 2022 PIC Kids All-Ages Salon at Park Hill Orchard

This event is presented by
Play Incubation Collective
in collaboration with:

We are grateful to our sponsors for helping to make this event possible.

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Annual Youth Programs

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At PIC Kids Summer, young artists (ages 7-11) went on an adventure through the creative process as they explored theater, movement, and music. Each of the 4 weeks followed a different theme, and all weeks culminated in a sharing of the young artists's original work.

Our themes this year were:


Make 'Em Laugh

InstructorsBrianna Sloane and Andrew Roberts


We explored all things physical comedy this week in a vaudeville extravaganza!  Embracing a spirit of play and joy, we drew on elements from classic comedy characters (commedia dell’arte) and story formats (vaudeville, slapstick) to develop our own vaudeville sketch show. 

Growl and Groove 

Instructors: Tracy Einstein and Richie Barshay


This week we immersed ourselves in theater and music activities that drew on natural elements and animal characteristics. Together we built habitats and stories using animal-inspired games, musical exploration, and imaginative play. Animals inspired characters and characters inspired a musical landscape, culminating in a theatrical journey through a new animal world.

Soundscapes and Sorcery 

Instructors: Tracy Einstein and Richie Barshay


Rhythm and rhymes converged in this whimsical week of group storytelling, improvisational music making, writing, and more! We conjured new worlds as we created poems with a soundtrack and went on an enchanted exploration of our surroundings using theater, drumming, and movement, culminating in a sharing of our collaborative rhythmic soundscape.

Five Day Play 

Instructors: Brianna Sloane and Andrew Roberts


Together we embarked on the creative challenge of making our own play from scratch!WE used theater games, improvisation, and writing exercises to develop and explore characters, setting and story. Joyful collaboration guided our creative process, as we unlocked the magic of storytelling.

Youth Performance Festival

The Youth Performance Festival (YPF), a collaboration between Play Incubation Collective and the Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley, is a FREE opportunity for youth artists ages 8-18 to create original performance pieces under the guidance of mentor artists in the fields of music, dance, theater, poetry/spoken word, and video.

YPF centers the creative agency of young artists, and is committed to supporting them as they discover their own creative processes. We had an incredible festival this year with 250 audience members attending in support of these inspiring youth artists. Check out this wonderful feature by Northampton High School Students (one of whom was a 2021 YPF Youth Artist) about this year's festival!

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