Summer Theater Workshops Available

Space is still available for six unique summer theater workshops for northwest Kansas teens. Sponsored by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts is returning to Kansas.

After a successful debut with four workshops in 2018, this summer, the Hansen Foundation is expanding the program to offer six, week-long musical theatre workshops for high school students (incoming freshman through graduating seniors).

In just five days, participating students conceive, write, choreograph, compose, design, rehearse, produce and perform an original piece of musical theatre in collaboration with a staff of professionals and educators.

Workshop schedule:

Hoxie May 28 – June 1* Hoxie High School
Phillipsburg June 3 – 7 Huck Boyd Center
Russell June 10 – 14 Masonic Lodge
Goodland June 17 – 21 Goodland High School
Concordia June 24 – 28 Brown Grand Theater
Salina July 30 – Aug 3* Salina Community Theater
*Tuesday through Saturday

Students from surrounding communities and counties are encouraged to participate in a workshop closest to them. Registration is limited to the first 30 students in each location. For more information or to register, visit, and click on Apply, and then Kansas.

Although a workshop cannot replace a full theatre arts program offered in schools, Lovewell offers students an opportunity to explore this genre in a unique way. The response from the students and faculty in 2018 was overwhelmingly positive.


The week-long day camp/workshop brings students from all different creative backgrounds together to create an original work of musical theatre from scratch. While the performance is an enormous part of the workshop, the focus is on the creative process. To make it come together, the process needs writers, actors, poets, dancers, singers, dreamers, visual artists, musicians, composers, designers and creative students of ALL kinds.

The students will work with a team of professional artists to help utilize all the students’ gifts and explore the arts while forging new friendships and making memories to last a lifetime.


The Hansen Foundation is underwriting the cost of the workshops so that the student participation fee is significantly discounted to $50. However, no student who is truly committed to participate will be denied the opportunity due to inability to pay. Scholarships are available.


Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts is a not-for-profit organization that brings students together with professional artists to conduct these unique and transformational workshops. The Lovewell team are artist who make their living as musical directors, playwrites, choreographers, composers, lyricists, etc.

Lovewell is based in Florida, but its roots are in Kansas. After a pilot in New York in 1984, the process became the “Lovewell Experience” in 1987 in Salina, Kansas. The director of the program is a Kansas native.

Today, Lovewell offers workshops all over the United states and also internationally. Learn more about Lovewell at

For more information on NW Kansas Arts opportunities sponsored by the Hansen Foundation, visit our website; click on Special Initiatives and NWKansas Arts.