The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is pleased to again bring the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts to NW Kansas. The Foundation is sponsoring six, week-long musical theatre workshops for high school students (incoming freshman through graduating seniors).

From the first word to the final bow, 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.

Students from surrounding communities and counties are encouraged to participate in a workshop closest to them. For more information or to register, click the button below.


June 6-10, 2022 – Hays High School
June 13-17, 2022 – Hoxie High School
June 20-24, 2022 – Phillipsburg Huck Boyd Center
June 27-July 1, 2022 – Plainville High School
July 11-15, 2022 – Concordia Brown Grand Theater
July 18-29, 2022 – Salina Community Theater (2 week workshop)


The workshop brings students from all different creative backgrounds together to create an original work of musical theatre from scratch! The experience is about the creative process. While the performance is an enormous part of the workshop, the focus is on the creation. To make it come together, we need 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.


Each workshop is limited to 20 students. The Hansen Foundation is underwriting the cost of the workshops so that the student participation fee is significantly discounted to $50 ($100 for 2-week workshop). However, no student who is truly committed to participate will be denied the opportunity due to inability to pay. Scholarships are available.


The Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts is a not-for-profit organization that brings students together with professional artists to conceive, create, compose, write, choreograph, design and produce and original musical in each workshop. 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.

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The Foundation has been working with communities in Northwest Kansas to identify programs, projects and initiatives that provide opportunities and improve the quality of life. The process, Strategic Doing, is being conducted in each of the 26 counties we serve. Through Strategic Doing, the Hansen Foundation has identified issues that have been self-identified in multiple counties. One such issue is a desire for increased arts and cultural opportunities.

Our partnership with Lovewell brought a unique opportunity to the young adults in Northwest Kansas in the summer of 2018 that would otherwise have not been available to them. The solid history and excellent reputation of the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts and positive response from participants, as well as Lovewell’s excitement when offered the opportunity to return to Kansas encouraged the foundation to continue bringing this innovative organization back to Kansas.