High School Summer Theatre Workshops Return

In-person high school theater workshops offered by the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts are returning this summer. The five unique summer theater workshops for NW Kansas teens are sponsored by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.

After successful summers in 2018, 2019, the program offered online opportunities in 2020 due to COVID-19. This summer, the Hansen Foundation is pleased to see a return to in-person workshops.

Each week-long musical theatre workshop is open to high school students (incoming freshman through graduating seniors).  In just five days, participating students will conceive, write, choreograph, compose, design, rehearse and perform an original piece of musical theatre in collaboration with a staff of professional artists.

Workshop schedule:

July 5-9 – Russell (location TBA)
July 12 –16 – Phillipsburg (Huck Boyd Center)
July 19 – 23 – Concordia (Brown Grand Theater)
July 26 – 30 – Hoxie (Hoxie High School)
July 26 – 30 – Salina (Salina Community Theater)

Students from surrounding communities and counties are encouraged to participate in a workshop closest to them.  Registration is limited to the first 20 students in each location.  For more information or to register, visit lovewell.org, 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 previous summers 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 internationally. Learn more about Lovewell at www.lovewell.org

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