2018 Workshop Information

Whole Group Workshop Schedule

Session 1: Sat, May 12, 3:00-6:00 PM
Session 2: Sun, May 13, 3:00-6:00 PM
Session 3: Tue, May 15, 3:45-6:45 PM
Session 4: Thu, May 17, 3:45-6:45 PM
Session 5: Sat, May 19, 4:00-7:00 PM
Session 6: Tue, May 22, 3:45-6:45 PM
Session 7: Thu, May 24, 3:45-6:45 PM (technique choice day)
Session 8: Sat, May 26, 2:00-5:00 PM (target story decision day)
Session 9: Sun, May 27, 6:00-9:00 PM

Mon, May 29
Small group meetings begin

Beginning on May 27th small group sessions will begin. Each group will meet three to four times a week for about three hours in addition to the whole company sessions. These small group meetings will be scheduled around your other commitments after the small groups are formed.

Session 10: Wed, May 30, 6:00-9:00 PM
Session 11: Sun, June 3, 6:00-9:00 PM
Session 12: Wed, June 6, 6:00-9:00 PM
Session 13: Sun, June 10, 6:00-9:00 PM
Session 14: Wed, Jun 13, 6:00-10:00 PM


Fri, June 15, 5:15 PM call, 7:30 PM Curtain
Sat, June 16, 6:00 PM call, 7:30 PM Curtain, cast party until 11:45 PM
Strike: Sun, June 17, 1:00-6:00 PM


Through observation over the past 27 years we have learned that the more participants are able to attend the whole group sessions the more successful they can be at the workshop and the more they get out of it and enjoy their experience, therefore it is extremely important that every effort be made for all participants to be at all sessions.

However, we understand that missing all or part of some sessions may be unavoidable. We have created minimum attendance requirements to make sure the participants have the best experience possible, but still allow for some flexibility for absences that cannot be avoided. Because we honestly feel that these requirements are necessary for success in the workshop, applicants will not be able to participate in the workshop if they cannot meet these attendance requirements. Please note that long periods of absence may mean participants do not get to be involved in every phase of the workshop.

If you are interested participating but will be gone for more than three days in a row during the last three weeks of the workshop please let us know at the beginning of the workshop so we can discuss what it means for your participation.

Minimum attendance requirements

You must be able to participate in 4 full sessions (can include half sessions, etc. so long as it adds up to four) out of the first 7 sessions.

Participants who will perform must be able to attend the final full company rehearsal on Wednesday, June 13 from 6:00-10:00 pm.

Performance in Norway Opportunity

This summer MXTW participants may have the option to participate in an exciting additional cultural experience that will take place in the weeks following the regular workshop and performances. Last summer members of the Norwegian Experimental Theater Workshop (NExT) were able to visit Manhattan to work with our participants and perform alongside them in a special encore performance. We had a lot of fun sharing our work and our Kansas culture with our Norwegian friends.

This summer we hope to complete this exchange by taking some of our students to Oslo, Norway. We will fly to Olso and participate in workshop sessions, rehearsals and a retreat at a cabin in the countryside near Olso (cabin trips are a big part of Norwegian culture). Additional social and cultural events will also be planned. We will present public performances of the work created in MXTW alongside the work NExT has created and a new piece we will create together at the end of our trip.

The travel dates for this potential trip are June 28-July 9th, 2018.

This additional optional opportunity will be available to any student who participates in the 2018 regular workshop. Any Norway trip events and informational meetings will take place outside regular MXTW sessions, the regular workshop will be run just as it always is so as not to affect the experience of those who are not able to go to Norway.

While we are endeavoring to raise funds to cover as much of the travel costs for students as possible, we will not be able to cover all of the expenses associated with the trip. Students who choose to go will have to pay some of their travel costs. The exact amount of this cost is not yet known. Students will likely have to commit to going before the regular workshop begins so airline tickets can be purchased in a timely manner.

Fundraising efforts are already underway the earlier people let us know they are interested in going the more likely it is we will be able to raise enough funds, so if you think you may be interested in participating in this trip please email our director, Gwethalyn Williams, at gwethalynw@gmail.com as soon as possible for more information regarding this opportunity.