2021 Columbus, Ohio



(in partnership with Short North Stage)

WHEN: June 28th- July 11th, 2021
WHO: Students entering high school- exiting high school. Please note this program is limited to 20 students total.
WHERE: Short North Stage at the Garden Theater
**If it is not safe to conduct this workshop in person, you will be notified by June 14th, 2021. At that time you will have the option to attend the online workshop or receive a full refund (minus the $25 application fee). More information below.

Ages: Entering High School- Exiting High School


Students will join a professional staff and share their collective stories from all walks of life. In doing so, one, solid, unified piece of theatre is born. In order to make this happen, we need creative people of all types. This experience is about the creative process, and while the performance is an enormous part of our workshop, the focus is on the weeks of creation.

June 28th- July 11th, 2021

DATES: June 28th- July 11th, 2021



Monday, June 28th 9am-5pm
Tuesday, June 29th 9am-5pm
Wednesday, June 30th 9am-5pm
Thursday, July 1st 9am-5pm
Friday, July 2nd 9am-5pm



Monday, July 5th 9am-5pm
Tuesday, July 6th 9am-5pm
Wednesday, July 7th 9am-8pm
Thursday, July 8th 9am-8pm
Friday, July 9th 9am-until after the 8pm show
Saturday, July 10th 12pm-until after the 8pm show
Sunday, July 11th Closing ceremonies TBA


Friday, July 9th 8pm (IF in person)
Saturday, July 10th 8pm (IF in person OR virtual)

The writing process and performances will take place at

Short North State at the Garden Theater

1187 N High St
Columbus, OH 43201

Students will join a professional staff to brainstorm, write, design, compose, choreograph and produce an original work of musical theatre – all in two weeks. What will the show be about? It’s up to the group! Lovewell workshops are a singular experience, unlike any other you’ve been a part of in the past; ideal for writers, builders, actors, musicians, designers, singers, composers, and imaginative young people of all types who want to dream big, work hard and experience the thrill of watching their collaborative creation come to life.


You’ll get to build on the skills you already have and flex your creative muscles by learning some new ones – at Lovewell, everybody gets to do a little bit of everything. Whether you’re a seasoned musical theatre vet seeking a new adventure or this your first step towards the stage, come spend your summer with other creative young folks just like you in a warmly inviting, wildly inspiring, and totally accepting environment. No matter who you are – you belong at Lovewell.



All applicants fill out the application in its entirety (excluding returning students who do not need to fill out the essay portion of the application (simply enter N/A). Your paperwork will not be processed and you will not have a secured slot in your chosen workshop until your application is complete.



Mask requirements, temperature checks, and sanitation protocols are in place.


Our workshops will operate in person at NSU in FTL at 50% of regular capacity with mask requirements (well-fitting, completely covering mouth and nose), temperature checks, and sanitation protocols in place. Testing may be required. 

Due to the collaborative nature of our workshops, social distancing, while always encouraged,  is not always realistically possible. Please keep this in mind when assessing whether this program is a good fit for your family. COVID procedures are subject to change.



$700 +$25 application fee
This includes 95+ hours of in workshop time; a Lovewell logo shirt; digital download of the performance.



A $25 application fee is due upon submitting your application. You can choose to pay the app fee along with half of the tuition now; 1/2 by April 28th; 2nd half by May 28th.  You must pay the $25 fee in order for us to process your application



To the extent possible, Lovewell will offer partial scholarships to families with limited financial resources. Each student is eligible for one scholarship per summer. You must first apply to the workshop and be accepted before applying for a scholarship. The scholarship program works on a first come, first serve rolling basis. We highly suggest applying and securing your space in the workshop even if you intend to apply for a scholarship, as there are limited slots available in this workshop. Our scholarship applications are available HERE.



If a family has more than one student attending one of our workshops, they will receive one $50 discount from the final payment of the final workshop.



Cancellations made by May 1st, 2021 are fully refundable (minus a 10% administration fee). Cancellations made between May 2nd, 2021 and the date the workshop begins are refundable (minus a 10% administration) only if the space in the workshop can be filled by another full paying student. Cancellations (for any reason) made after the workshop begins are nonrefundable.



The COVID-19 pandemic is a constantly-evolving situation. Lovewell is committed to the health and safety of our workshop participants and staff and will follow the most updated guidance provided by the CDC and the local government. If public health needs determine that it’s necessary to shift our in-person workshops to online, participants will be notified in a timely manner. At that time, you will have the option to attend the online workshop (and will receive a refund of the difference in tuition cost) or receive a full refund (minus the $25 application fee).




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