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Peace Players

Performing & Fine Arts Camp
Learning about peace. Building community through music, art, dance and drama!

Children and Youth - ages 8-14

Sun, Aug 3 @ 1 - 6 PM
Mon - Fri, Aug 4 - 8 @ 9 AM - 3 PM
Sun, Aug 10 @ 1 - 6 PM
Mon - Wed, Aug 11 - 13 @ 9 AM - 3 PM

Showcase Performance & Potluck
Wednesday, August 13 @ 6:30 PM

Sponsored by: St. John United Church of Christ
309 Fifth Street, Aurora, IL 60505

Register online or call 630-892-1932.
Daily breakfast and lunch served for all camp participants..

Eric Feltes, Creative Director (se habla español)
Melissa Hedlund Nelson, Art Director
John Marshall, Jr., Director of Dance & Choreography

Meet the Camp Directors

Eric Feltes, Creative Director

Jen Chada is a Chicago born actress, singer and performance coach for Peace PlayersAfter teaching Theatre and Spanish in Oswego, IL for 5 years and being a part of Peace Players for 3, Eric Feltes made the move to Chicago to pursue his acting and modeling careers. Since the move in June 2013, he has portrayed the role of Nick in the Always-­-Already Production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He also portrays the roles of Pete in a web series entitled Our Cultural Center and Erich Von Hauptmann in a mini-­-series entitled The Vanquished.

During the day, he works for Chicago Public Schools as a substitute teacher, and at night when he's not rehearsing for something, he works as a promotional model. In his free time, Eric enjoys working out, attempting yoga, eating at new restaurants, and striking up conversations with strangers.

John Marshall, Jr. . Director of Dance & Choreography

Jen Chada is a Chicago born actress, singer and performance coach for Peace PlayersJohn Marshall, Jr.'s love for choreography started in his high school's dance department and has continued to be a driving force in his creative endeavors here in Chicago.

John is a recent graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre. Although he loves choreography, he also loves to perform. His most recent role was performing with The Music Theatre Company in "Saudade: Dreams and Longing," directed by Jessica Reddish. Some of his favorite roles include Charlie Dalrymple in "Brigadoon," Patrick Dennis in "Mame" and the Nutcracker
Prince in Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker."

Melissa Hedlund Nelson, MCAT, ATR-BC, LCPC,

Jen Chada is a Chicago born actress, singer and performance coach for Peace PlayersMelissa Hedlund Nelson, MCAT, ATR-BC, LCPC, is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Light of the Heart: a Community Art Therapy Project (TLOTH), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit in Aurora. She is passionate about bringing the visual arts, art therapy and love to Aurora, and most Requested Changes for uccaurora.com on Peace Players page recently opened TLOTH's first studio at 14 W. Downer Place in the heart of downtown. Under Melissa's artistic direction, she installed a 96 square foot mural called the Mural of Love on the back patio of River's Edge Cafe. She has partnered with Mutual Ground, Hesed House, Family Counseling Service, Rush-Copley Medical Center, Culture Stock, Clarus Center, Communities in Schools, Tripple Threat Mentoring, Elderday Center, Villa St. Benedict and the Keeler Center to bring art to those in need.

Melissa is the 2014 President of the Illinois Art Therapy Association, Director of the Coalition of Illinois Counseling Organizations' Board of Directors and Regional Representative of the Chicago Suburbs for the Governing Council of the Illinois Counseling Association. A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and Social Justice Community Organizer, her goal is to bring light to all the dark areas in Aurora through art therapy. The universe has led her to Aurora and she feels blessed to live in this beautiful city and do the work she was called to do in this world. 'I do believe that art and love will change the world.' She recently embarked on a three-year training program to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and will also bring this gift to Aurora. Melissa shares her story of TLOTH on the Fox Valley Voice.

An artist from inception, her current media of choice is mixed media, and she enjoys combining collage items and acrylic paints on canvas creating thick textures that call the observer to interact with the piece. When she paints, time stands still and she can breathe, be, and truly connect with all that is the universe. Learn more about Melissa and her work at Art is everything.

Sinclair Gallagher, Kitchen Director

Jen Chada is a Chicago born actress, singer and performance coach for Peace PlayersSinclair Gallagher RN, BSN, MBA, is a grandmother and faith-based nurse, as well as ServSafe Food Handling Certified. She serves Peace Players this year for the first time. Sinclair has a varied 20+ year nursing career from delivering babies, military service, program development and management to consulting in rehabilitation and geriatric care.

She says, “I have a passion for using my talents to make a difference. Since 2002, I have been involved in opening and managing a self-funded food pantry and weekly free community meal programs in southeast Michigan. I also enjoy using my technical skills in website development and video editing.

Sinclair is married to UCC Pastor, Terry Gallagher, former chemical engineer whose professional focus is now on environmental justice. Sinclair and Terry recently relocated to Aurora to be closer to children and grandchildren. In the process, they say, "We downsized to a condo to reduce our carbon footprint."


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