The most important thing that Lovewell does is to ignite the spark of Creative Thinking in students, parents, local artists, teachers and ultimately the whole surrounding community. Creative involvement promotes motivated learning and unity. There is never a losing team in the Lovewell game. Our slogan is “building a cultural community through arts education” and that’s exactly what we do. Our programs galvanize our fragmented communities and rally people around issues of common concern by co-creating publicly performed theatre pieces – maximum ownership, maximum buy-in, maximum involvement.
Employing the Lovewell Method, our staff guides students through the rough waters of bringing order out of chaos, meaning out of data, and resolution out of random events. The themes, characters, dialogue, plot, music, lyrics, design and dances in our productions are generated directly from the imagination, experience, and innate wisdom of the students. The Lovewell Method utilizes creative problem solving, and anyone watching our process knows the high degree of critical thinking that occurs as we develop our projects. The process of creating our shows is a training ground for group dynamics, team-building, organizational strategy, emotional intelligence, and vocational skills.
Lovewell conducts workshops in several different formats, all of which incorporate our basic curriculum and teaching materials. The formats have been developed to meet the needs of the various schools and institutions that request our program. These formats include intensive 3-week and 4-week summer sessions, after-school programs, weekend workshops, one-day seminars, and teacher training sessions of varying lengths.
Lovewell is a not for profit 501c3 and our programs are funded through a wide variety of sources including grants, donations, tuition, and service fees. Partnerships have proven very successful in putting together our programs. Whether we are partnering with a school, a social service organization, or a theatre company, the procedure remains the same – we identify the mutual desire for a Lovewell program, we establish a budget and contract, we recruit and market, we hire and train staff. Our programs are magnets for positive public relations and publicity because the product of the process is a display of very well trained, well disciplined and talented students at peak performance and optimum eloquence.
Another important thing Lovewell does is facilitate collaboration. Theatre is an art of unavoidable collaboration. The playwright, the producer, the director, the composer, the choreographer, the actors, the designers, the technicians, the publicists all need to collaborate and communicate at an effective level. Collaboration skills are a major focus of the Lovewell system. The Lovewell approach is holistic and stresses mutual respect and understanding between all the separate disciplines that must be unified into a successful theatrical production.