Creative Journeys

with arts educators Kit Marshall and Felicia Sloin
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WHO: Ages 7-11 (ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT)
WHAT: 2 weeks of music, dance, drumming, yoga, art, and puppetry culminating in a theatrical carnival adventure to share with friends and family!
WHERE: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St., Northampton

WHEN: August 1-5, 8-12, 9am-3pm

COST: $625 (for 2 weeks)


The beloved Valley Performance Playground is now a part of Play Incubation Collective! PIC is excited to further VPP's mission of celebrating the creative process and fostering a strong sense of ensemble for youth of all ages.


  • If you are enrolling more than one child, please make a separate transaction for each child.



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KIT MARSHALL is a photographer/textile designer trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago and the International Center for Photography in NYC. She also studied child based anthropology and visual ethnography at RISD and the New School for Social Research. These studies led her to wanting to work hands-on with children, and she shifted to working at Very Special Arts New England as a visiting artist in schools scattered across the East Coast.  Kit mostly recently worked as the Art Specialist at Lander-Grinspoon Academy for 15 years where she developed and implemented an artistically diverse program for kindergarten-sixth grade that included studio arts, theater arts, and set design as well as collaborations with the music department.

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FELICIA SLOIN has been singing, acting and performing since she was eight years old. She studied voice throughout high school and as a student at Oberlin College, where she earned her degree in theater. During college, Felicia did an intensive course of study at Gallaudet University and worked as a certified sign language interpreter for several years. She has a background in cantorial singing, musical theater, comedy improv and singing in vocal ensembles and has had opportunities to travel and perform nationwide. Since her move to the Northampton area in 2008, Felicia has led music classes and programs for young families, particularly in the Jewish community. She is known for her weekly Jewish Family Jam classes which offer young Jewish and interfaith families a place to make music and build community. She also does family programming for Shabbat and Jewish holidays at the Jewish Community of Amherst.  In addition to her work as an performer, Felicia has been the music teacher at the Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton since 2012.




SARAH MARCUS is a Northampton-based theater artist and educator who has been creating and teaching drama programs to children of all ages since 2002. She attended Tufts University, where she was a member of the children’s theater troupe Traveling Treasure Trunk, and she received her M.F.A. in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. She is the co-founder of Play Incubation Collective (PIC) and the director of the Youth Performance Festival, at the Northampton Center for the Arts. From 2016-2019, she ran Valley Performance Playground summer camps with Felicia Sloin, and from 2010-15, she ran the 6th–9th grade drama program at The Bement School in Deerfield. She has also run theater programs at the Smith College Campus School, Greenfield Public Schools, Girls Leadership Institute, Enchanted Circle Theater, and at schools throughout the boroughs of New York City.

RACHEL F. HIRSCH has found a creative home in the Pioneer Valley where her passion for new play and musical development lead her to co-found Play Incubation Collective. She is also a voice-over artist and musician. In 2016, Rachel started the music and storytelling outfit-Golden Bird- which uses creative storytelling and folk and jazz inspired original tunes to delight children of all ages. As a performer, Rachel has appeared locally with PIC projects, in commercials, Northampton 24 hr Theater, Double Take Fringe, and Youth Performance Festivals, and virtually with Chester and Silverthorne Theatre Companies. Previously, Rachel worked on new theatrical works in DC, NYC, and around the country and as a teaching artist with Spellbound Theater Company in Brooklyn. 

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