The Renaissance Education Department strives to enhance the vibrancy of our community by providing quality arts experiences that engage and educate across generations.
Do you happen to know a K-12 grade student who loves to write stories? The MindSprouts Creative Writing Contest celebrates the imagination in every student by giving them the chance to see their stories come alive! Ren teaching artist Dauphne Maloney visits classrooms to conduct a jump-start writing session, leaving your student with the tools to submit a fully-developed story, poem, or play to the MindSprouts Writing Competition. Top submissions each year are developed into a script and produced on the Renaissance stage as part of the MindSprouts Showcase on May 17, 2018! Teachers can schedule a workshop for their class by calling the Renaissance Education Dept. at 419-522-2726 ext. 212.
Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre (RYOT) embraces a child’s curiosity, and gives students in grades 2-12 the chance to explore the world of theatre—whether they are interested in acting, singing, dancing, assisting with lights, helping to create costumes and props, or building the set. Under the direction of Lori Turner, RYOT is an intensive experience in which students work directly with experts to learn choreography, music, acting, and technical aspects of the theatre. Auditions are held in September and February, and 2017-2018 shows include The Slipper and the Rose and Into the Woods, Jr.
Workshops for Students
Improv Underground classes offer high school and middle school students an outlet for their creativity and the opportunity to develop their stage presence. This fun and engaging course teaches quick thinking, builds confidence, and develops communication skills through fun group and individual improvisation exercises. Improv Underground is offered as a six-week after-school course each winter. The 2018 workshop will be held on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 PM beginning February 7th and runs through April 4th, with an open mic performance on April 5th.
In just 5 days, students who attend our Broadway Camp create and perform a mini-musical! Featuring the music of such contemporary musicals as Les Misérables, Wicked, Young Frankenstein, Shrek, and Matilda, students explore the world of musical theatre in a special camp that focuses on the elements of performance through theatre games, improv, and dramatic play as well as staging and the opportunity to sing their hearts out. 2018 Camp sessions run June 18-22 from 8:30-11:30 and June 25-29 from 8:30-10:30. Both camps are sensory-inclusive.
As a partner of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, the Renaissance is proud to offer “Anytime” workshops, which include a specially–designed series of theatre programs that are appropriate for any age. These workshops combine learning, fun activities, and an exclusive backstage tour that will satisfy any theatre buff! Workshops offered include Fairy Princess (Daisies), American Girl (Brownies), Masquerade (Juniors), My Story (Cadettes), All the World’s a Stage (Seniors) and Make a Difference (Ambassadors).
School & Community Programs
Workshops for Schools
MindSprouts Creative Writing in-class workshops are offered to teachers as a part of the MindSprouts Creative Writing Competition. Teachers can host a short workshop to jump-start the creative process for their students as they begin to write their contest entries. The workshops involve fun theatre activities that are designed to get students working on a plot for their story.
Ghost Story ELA field trips invite you to be our guests, and allow the historic Renaissance Theatre to become the backdrop for students' imaginations! Using the theme of "Haunting the Ren," students participate in theatre games as well as age-appropriate, customized activities to stimulate creative thinking. A tour of the theatre, complete with a ghost story or two, will culminate with students collaborating to write their own versions of a Renaissance ghost story. Designed to align with the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, your class will be encouraged to use qualities and details which will enhance any piece of writing.
Performances for Schools
Operation Bridge Building is the Mansfield Symphony’s major education initiative for schools. This program is designed to both enhance K-5 classroom courses, as well as support music education in our schools. The Operation Bridge Building program engages students and teachers alike by providing high quality symphonic programming and a curriculum that integrates the arts with academics. This program serves nearly 8,000 local students annually through in-school chamber concerts, full-scale symphony concerts at the Renaissance Theatre, and teacher & student study guides.
The Renaissance is a proud member of the Partners in Education program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In collaboration with the Mansfield Art Center and Mansfield City Schools, this prestigious program provides high quality professional development to educators. Workshops are open to any area teacher or school administrator, and are a fun, valuable opportunity to gain contact hours towards Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).
2017-2018 Partners in Education Workshops:
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the $50 registration fee has been waived for all participants. Thank you to the Ohio Arts Council, the Key Bank Foundation, and Charles P. Hahn, CFP for making this possible!
Thursday, September 28, 4:30-7:30 pm: Glenis Redmond presents Poetry Off the Page
This workshop is based on the belief that poetry, in addition to being written and read, should be performed. Teachers learn ways to help students use brainstorming, imagery, and layering to write powerful and effective poems. Clear and easy poetic structures and formats empower students to expand their imaginations and to cross creative boundaries. This workshop is most valuable for teachers of grades 5-8.
Thursday, November 9, 4:30-7:30 pm: Randy Barron presents Scientific Thought in Motion
Teachers can translate many basic concepts in science into meaningful, self-assessing movement activities that put abstract ideas into tangible, visible form. In lessons that engage students in movement, participants learn the elements of dance and how those elements relate to scientific content. Participants leave the workshop with a set of immediately useful movement activities for classroom study of the water cycle and the systems of the human body, along with the skills necessary to adapt those activities to teach other curriculum ideas. Randy Barron guides teachers in easy-to-duplicate lesson plans, which draw upon students’ kinesthetic, visual, and musical intelligence to increase their achievement in science and strengthen their repertoire of learning and social skills. This workshop is most valuable for teachers of grades 3-12.
Thursday, February 1, 4:30-7:30 pm: Felix Pitre presents Exploring Latin American Culture Through Animal Folktales
In this workshop, teachers examine animal folktales as a way to learn about Latin American culture. Participants explore ways to help students enhance their understanding of human relationships, cultural similarities and differences, and develop their oral communication skills by telling folktales. Teachers examine how to choose appropriate folktales, help students bring the story to life using voice and body, and invite listeners’ participation to enhance the story’s effectiveness. This workshop is most valuable for teachers of grades K-6.
Internships & Job Shadowing
Students who have an interest in working in any area of the performing arts are encouraged to contact us for current opportunities in the Technical, Box Office, Marketing, Development, and Education departments. Federal work-study funds may also be available to students who qualify at their college or university.