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Another Bonus Episode from Roger & Henry Talk About It, the Renaissance Avenue Q cast, part of the Richland Bank Broadway Series, talk about the upcoming shows on April 5 & 6 & 12-13, 2019.

This episode walks down Avenue Q with quite a number of its cast and crew.  Maddie Beer, Ryan Shreve, Condrea Webber, Colton Penwell, and Artistic and Music Director, Michael Thomas talk about the upcoming performance of Avenue Q, April 5-6 and 12-13, 2019, and what it takes to be prepared for a show with puppets.  Be prepared to get all warm and "fuzzy" over this episode!

The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

Guests Fred Boll of Little Buckeye Children's Museum and Renaissance's Teaching Artist, Dauphne Maloney discuss the Teddy Bear Concert Series and why a concert like this is important to children's development.  The Renaissance's upcoming Teddy Bear Concert, The Science of Sound on March 31, 2019 is in partnership with Little Buckeye Children's Museum.

The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

Noah Jones, staff reporter for the Richland Source, is also host of The Open Mic Podcast.  In this episode, Noah talks with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra conductor and director, Octavio Más-Arocas. 

From Roger & Henry Talk About It, the Renaissance Mamma Mia! cast, part of the Richland Bank Broadway Series, talk about the upcoming shows on March 2-3 & 9-10, 2019.

With the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra's "Russian Spectacular" concert approaching on February 9, 2019, Mark Sebastian Jordan stepped into the studio to give you insider information on the Russian composers featured on the concert, in particular on Pyotr Tchaikovsky and his masterpiece, Symphony No. 4.

The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

An interview with the Director and Cast of the upcoming Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre with Henry from "Roger and Henry Talk About It".  Performances on January 26 & 27, 2019.


On January 12, 2019 the Renaissance will present the Wild World of Animals with Grant Kemmerer and Friends.  This event is sponsored in part by two amazing organizations; Little Buckeye Children's Museum and Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

Gail Laux, Fred Boll, and Suzanna Hammond talk about what their organizations do, and why this collaboration and event is really important to their missions and to your children and families.

The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

Henry and Roger from Random Acts of Radio talk to Maestro Octavio Más-Arocas about the upcoming Mansfield Symphony Orchestra "Holiday Pops" concert on December 15, 2018, as well as his own Holiday experiences from his childhood in Spain.  "Holiday Pops" is part of the OhioHealth Symphony Series.

Just in time for Halloween is our special episode on the hauntings of Renaissance Theatre.  Our guests are Mark Jordan, who many of you know as our extraordinary music historian, and Annie Tarpley who are members of the group History & Haunts.  Prepare to get spooked as they discuss their paranormal investigations at the Renaissance and a few other locations.  You will hear actual EVPs that call out Mark's name, and even a "scream", to name a few.

If you want to enjoy your Halloween at the Renaissance, come to Symphony Spooktacular on October 28th at 3:00 PM!

The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

Guests Ryan Shealy of the Renaissance and Jessica Hiser of Spherion Staffing talk about the upcoming, and new, Family Film Series.  This isn't just a podcast giving you dates and names.  Ryan and Jessica give you some great trivia about the films and why this is going to be great for our community! The movies discussed are Hocus Pocus on October 14, The Muppet Christmas Carol on December 16, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on March 17, and Raiders of the Lost Ark on June 2.

The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

Members of The Light in the Piazza cast, which is the first production in the new Ren stage called Theatre 166, chat it up about the musical, their approach, and what this experience will be for the Renaissance audience.  And, yes, we get TWO songs on this podcast from the show! 

Guests: Maddie Beer, Michael Miller, Ryan Shreve, Michael Thomas and Lori Turner.

The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

Mike Epstein gave us permission to share this episode which is a live recording from the recent Arts Midwest conference in Indianapolis. He covers all sorts of great topics such as why should an arts organization do a podcast in the first place, what are the technical aspects involved with producing a podcast, how to think about podcast content, and marketing your podcast. 


You can find Mike's podcast by clicking here.

In today's episode, you will once again hear from Mark Sebastian Jordan, music historian of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.  This discussion, just like all of Mark's discussions, is absolutely loaded with facinating facts, like did you know the theme from Chabrier's Espana became a 1950's hit for Perry Como called Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)?  Well, that is just the beginning on this Spanish journey with Mark.

The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

Every non-profit relies heavily on two things:  1) their volunteers and 2) their interns.  Nik Demers came to be an intern at the Ren this summer as the Assistant Director of Newsies, but ended up adding to his resume the title of Marketing and Development Intern.  This episode is inspiring as Nik talks about not only what it was like to intern at the Ren, but why he took on so many roles...oh, and Nik was born in a corn field, too.

The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

In this episode, we meet the newest member of the Renaissance Theatre team, Maddie Penwell.  Maddie talks about her new position as Director of Education, Community Engagement, and Symphony, but adds some interesting tidbits about turtles, chrysalis, and Britney Spears. The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

Scenic Designer, artistic visionary, and renaissance man, Jason Kaufman talked with Holly Williams about the magic he has created for the upcoming production of Newsies: The Broadway Musical. The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

Chelsie Thompson talks about the upcoming 2018-19 Season at the Renaissance Theatre with Roger & Henry on their podcast "Roger & Henry Talk About It" on Random Acts of Radio.

The News on Newsies continues with Michael Thomas, Kelly Knowlton, Jason Kaufman, Shannon Maloney, Aaron Nicolas, Hailey Noll, and Ryan Shreve discussing the history of Newsies and tons of other insider information! There is not one but TWO songs sung by Hailey and Ryan on this episode.  Episode 1 of The News on Newsies was aired on July 13th, 2018. The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

In Episode 1 of The News on Newsies, Michael Thomas, Kelly Knowlton, Jason Kaufman, Shannon Maloney, Aaron Nicolas, Hailey Noll, and Ryan Shreve discuss the history of Newsies and tons of other insider information!  Stay to the end to hear a wonderful duet by Hailey and Ryan.  Episode 2 of The News on Newsies will be aired on July 20th, 2018. The episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

In this episode, The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra's historian, Mark Jordan, talks about the music of our great country.  From  William Billings who wrote the Revolutionary patriotic song "Chester" to John Adams, one of America's greatest living composers, you will take a musical journey from the beginnings of our great country to present day.  This episode was recorded in the new Podcast studio of Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio.  Idea+Works: Where Plans Come Together

Colleen Cook passes the torch to Holly Williams, our new Director of Marketing and Communications here at the Renaissance Theatre. Hear the fascinating way she ended up in Mansfield, her artistic background, and what three things she has to have on her desk to survive! 

Turning the tables, Michael Thomas interviews Colleen Cook as she prepares to leave the Renaissance for a new opportunity after six years with the organization. 

Mansfield Symphony Orchestra Music Director Octavio Más-Arocas and Symphony Operations Director share the behind-the-scenes details about the upcoming concerts with Roger and Henry on "Roger & Henry Talk About It." 

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iHeartMedia's Rusty Cates interviews Renaissance President and CEO Mike Miller about the 90th Anniversary of the Ohio Theatre for iHeartMedia's "Insight." 

Renaissance President and CEO reviews a few of the highlights of 2017 and gives a look ahead at what to expect in 2018. 


To learn more about the Renaissance 90th Anniversary, visit

View the video showing the transformation of 166 Park Ave West:

To participate in the Renaissance Annual Fund Campaign visit


The podcast will take a break from our regular schedule until March, as Colleen goes on maternity leave. Catch up on missed episodes and watch for a few bonuses in your feed in the meantime.

Neos Dance Theatre Founder and Artistic Director Bobby Wesner tells stories about his life growing up on a farm north of Ashland, how Neos has evolved over the years, and what to expect in this season's production of A 1940s Nutcracker in this delightful conversation.

Article about Neos in The Atlantic:

Courtney Marie Andrews "Rookie Dreaming" 

WMAN's Rusty Cates (who also happens to be playing the Narrator in A Christmas Story the Musical) goes backstage with some of the cast to talk about the show, what brought them to the cast, and what the audience can look forward to this weekend!

Originally aired on iHeartMedia's WMAN November 3, 2017 at 8:20 AM.

Meet Ryan Shealy, one of our newest staff members at the Renaissance. His job is all about making the audience experience great from start to finish. He tells us about his theatrical background, his new ideas for the Renaissance, and why he loves being a part of the team!

Renaissance Choreographer Shannon Maloney tells the story of how she ended up in the performing arts, how theatre is the same in New York, on tour, and in Mansfield, and what goes into choreographing a musical.

Performer, music teacher, and music director Kelly Knowlton gives some tips for nailing your musical theatre audition, shares some common pitfalls of auditioning, and gives some insight into what goes into the preparation for music directing a show.

Further reading on auditioning:

Richland Source reporter Brittany Schock gives us the scoop on Richland Source, solutions journalism, the infant mortality issue in our county, and the Listening Post that the Renaissance and Richland Source partnered to create and how it will be used.

Brittany's solutions journalism series on Infant Mortality

The multimedia project from the Listening Post at the community baby shower

The article on Medium about Richland Source's Listening Post

Newly-appointed Mansfield Symphony Orchestra Music Director Octavio Más-Arocas glows about the jewel that Mansfield holds, his vision for the orchestra, and details his exciting plans for the 17-18 season.

Rick Springfield, performing at the Renaissance on September 15, 2017, is interviewed by iHeartRadio's Charles Robinson all about his upcoming "Stripped Down" concert at the Renaissance. Take a listen!

Youth performers Kristin Kaufman and Tommy Secrist talk about their experiences performing and rehearsing with the MY Theatre cast of Disney's "The Lion King, Jr.," what made them audition, and what they're learning through the process of bringing the show to life. See them on stage September 8-10, 2017!

Executive Director Chelsie Thompson gives the low-down on sensory-friendly performances: what they are, who they're for, how we make them happen, and why we're doing them, along with telling us the story of how she ended up at the Renaissance. 
Read more about our sensory-friendly performances here:

Director Kris Kyer tells us the story of his multifaceted lifelong career as a performer and glows about all of the great talent here in Mansfield as he talks about the upcoming production of Disney's The Little Mermaid. 

Renaissance President and CEO Mike Miller and Executive Assistant and Bookings Manager Linda Chambers spill the secrets of how we choose artists and shows to make up our season lineup. Plus, Mike tells us about his feature in Tiger Beat back in the '70s, adjacent to one of the performers on our lineup.

Miss Ohio 2016 Alice Magoto and Miss Greater Cleveland 2017 Madeline Carter talk about their Miss Ohio experience, their childhood dreams of performing, and their upcoming production of The Little Mermaid at the Renaissance. 

OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby Hospitals President Jean Halpin and Speech Language Pathologist Logan Daup join Colleen Cook from the Renaissance to talk about the healing power of music and the arts, and how partnering with the Renaissance as the series presenter of the Mansfield Symphony is making our community a healthier place.

Brilliant storyteller and Music Historian Mark Sebastian Jordan joins us once again to share a few of the secrets of the composers and the tales of the pieces on the upcoming Mansfield Symphony Masterworks program. Listen to find out which composer a famous conductor thought should be "shot" for their innovative piece, and what the tie is between electronica and the Respighi piece. 

Mark will be sharing many more of these stories at 7 PM on May 13th at the free Symphony Chat in the Ballroom of the Renaissance Theatre before the "Take Me to Your Leader" concert - join us!

The third candidate for music director of the Mansfield Symphony tells us about his Buckeye roots, the section he's the pickiest about, and his vision for the Mansfield Symphony. 

Kelby King talks with Colleen Cook about the importance of the arts, her artistic childhood, and why businesses choose to invest in the community.

The Renaissance "It Couple" Colton Penwell and Maddie Beer dish about Hot Mess the Musical, some of their funniest moments on stage, and why they love performing at the Ren.

An open marriage, a forgotten concerto, and a closeted composer... if you've ever thought for a second that classical music is boring, your mind will be completely changed when you listen to this week's podcast with the brilliant Mark Sebastian Jordan as he tells some of the stories about the music on our next Mansfield Symphony concert. (Mark will tell more stories like these at Symphony Chat with Mark Sebastian Jordan - you won't want to miss it!)

The second of three candidates for the Mansfield Symphony Music Director position, Octavio Más-Arocas sits down to talk about his love for music, what it's like to be married to someone who is also a conductor, and tomato fights in this episode.

Condrea Webber, star of the upcoming production of Sister Act: The Musical, tells us the story of when she fell in love with performing, how she balances work, life, and singing, and we reveal our 2017 Summer Musical title!

Note: We had an issue with our audio on this episode, so the sound quality is a little sup-bar. Our apologies!

The chefs of Altered Eats share mishaps in the kitchen, discuss their food philosophies, their favorite foods to cook and eat, and what guests can expect at the pre-concert dinner on February 18th. 

Mansfield Youth Theatre (MY Theatre) director Dauphne Maloney and Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre (RYOT) director Lori Turner discuss their love for the performing arts, why they love working with youth in a performance setting, and what distinguishes their programs.

Cast members Jo Scott and Adam Schreck from the upcoming prodcution of The Second City's Game Night talk about how they got into improv comedy, the Chicago improv comedy experience, and share some of their most hilarious and embarrassing moments on stage. 

Renaissance President and CEO Mike Miller and Chairman of the Board of the Renaissance, Rand Smith, sit down to discuss the highlights of 2016, some exciting plans for 2017, and make a BIG announcement!

Maestro Carl Topilow reveals what made him fall in love with music, confesses his most embarrassing on-stage moment, and his secrets to creating successful symphonies.

Renaissance Director of Development Jessica Dulle and Colleen Cook, Director of Marketing, discuss why the Renaissance needs to raise money, the programs supported by the Annual Fund Campaign, and the exciting $100,000 Annual Fund Campaign with $50,000 in Matching Grants. 

Produced by the Renaissance Performing Arts Association. Theme music is "Hope of Something Different" by the band Trouper. You can learn more about the Renaissance by visiting

Actor Stephen Joshua Thompson is one of Mansfield's local favorites, having portrayed characters like Marius in Les Miserables, Burt in Mary Poppins, and Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, he's on our stage agin, this time playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Take a deep dive as Stephen and Colleen discuss his influences, life as a NYC-based actor from Mansfield, what it's like to play someone so opposite of yourself, and more.

Renaissance Artistic Director Michael Thomas sits down with Colleen Cook to discuss his career with the Second City in Chicago, as a writer for shows like 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and about the upcoming Renaissance production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Menken), performing November 12-13, 19-20, 2016 at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, OH.

Music historian and all-around Renaissance man Mark Sebastian Jordan offers insights on the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra Musical Diversity in the Americas concert program, featuring Ginastera's Four Dances from Estancia, Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, Dvorák's New World Symphony.(Live Recording)

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra (Mansfield, Ohio) is in a year-long search for their next Maestro. In this episode, Colleen sits down with the first of three candidates for the Music Director position, Maestro Theodore Kuchar, to discuss his world-wide career as the most recorded conductor in classical music, his love for baseball and fishing, and his childhood in northeastern Ohio.

Production credits:

Production by DRM Productions, Inc.
Colleen Cook, host
Theodore Kuchar, guest
This is a production of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association in Mansfield, Ohio.

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July 6, 2018 for Annual Members 
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