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, scheduled for May 8, 2019! 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 jazzy Hot Mikado and Gilbert & Sullivan's Thespis.
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. Stay tuned for 2019 program dates!
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. Broadway Camp is sensory-inclusive, with dates announced in spring 2019.
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
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).
2018-2019 Partners in Education Workshops:
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, registration fees has been waived for all participants in the Partners in Education program. Thank you to the Ohio Arts Council, the Key Bank Foundation, and Charles P. Hahn, CFP for making this possible!
4th Annual Arts Integration Summer Institute, August 2-3, 2018
"Reading Portraits as Biographies" presented by Teaching Artist Melanie Rick
There’s more to a portrait than you might think. Portraits are often viewed as a mere depiction of a person when in actuality they can be read as biographies that communicate significant information about a person’s life. Join Melanie Rick, arts integration consultant and certified reading specialist, for this workshop that examines ways to teach students to view portraits as a visual text filled with meaningful symbolism in order to make the study of people and biographies more engaging. Reading portraits helps students activate and build background knowledge of, construct understanding of, and reflect on historical and literary figures across the curriculum. Primary workshops will be 9 am-12 pm for grades K-2, with Intermediate workshops from 1 pm-4 pm for grades 3-8. Register now!
Building Reading Comprehension Through Sound and Rhythm, October 22, 2018 from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
Presented by Teaching Artist Imani Gonzalez
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 1-5. Register now!
Super Powered Stories: Character and Story Creation For Students With Disabilities, January 29, 2019 from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
Presented by Teaching Artist Richard Jenkins
Today's classrooms include an ever-growing number of students with disabilities. The popular art form of cartooning provides an exciting tool to reach all students and to build their expressive and cognitive capacities while unlocking their story-making potential. By combining simple lines, shapes, and patterns, participants learn how to teach students to draw their own super heroes and super villains, and to add story elements to help them create their own Super Powered Stories. This hands-on workshop explores multiple options and entry points for students with learning, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. No previous drawing experience required! This workshop is most valuable for teachers of grades 3-6. Register now!
Teaching Literacy Strategies Through Visual Art, March 7, 2019 from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
Presented by Teaching Artist Sandi Hammonds
How can students gain skills in questioning and making inferences from a text? In this workshop, the “text” is a work of visual art. Beginning with a visual image allows students to learn the skills that they will apply later to more abstract texts (language). In this workshop, teachers examine techniques for helping students develop their questioning strategies — posing relevant questions to gather information and progressing to more in-depth inquiry about the artwork. Teachers will be able to help students engage in higher levels of thinking as they guide them in examining unfamiliar objects and making inferences about the people and the culture that produced them. This workshop is most valuable for teachers of grades 5-12. Register now!
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.