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 in May 2017! 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 2016-2017 shows include The Gondoliers and Little Johnny Jones.
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.
In just 5 days, students who attend our musical theatre summer 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.
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 well over 7,000 local students annually through in-school chamber concerts, full-scale symphony concerts at the Renaissance Theatre, and teacher & student study guides.
The Operation Bridge Building program is underwritten so that schools may participate free of charge. Without this support, schools would have to pay upwards of $4 per student to participate in this program. We are grateful for this gift, which represents a combined savings of over $25,000 to our local schools each year!
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).
2016-2017 Partners in Education Workshops:
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the $30 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!
Tuesday, October 25, 4:30-7:30 pm: Ryan Hourigan presents Teaching Music to Students with Exceptionalities in Performance-Based Classrooms
Educators teaching students with exceptionalities often find themselves challenged with how to include students with special needs into performance-based classes and experiences. This interactive workshop will examine these challenges and provide opportunities for unpacking the obstacles that hinder participation in performance at all levels. Video case studies will be utilized in order to assess real-life scenarios in band, choir, and orchestra, theatre, and dance. Other topics will include score reduction and arranging, instrumentation, advocacy, policy, resources, and relationship-building with specialists within the school and outside of school settings.
Thursday, January 26, 4:30-7:30 pm: Jamin Carter presents Cut Paper: A Pathway to Creative Writing
The process of writing stories can be challenging for young authors. In this workshop, explore how students can use scissors, glue, and construction paper to create artwork that becomes the bridge between an unformed idea and a unique, descriptive story. Learn to use selected elements of art, such as shape, color, and space, to connect to story components (e.g., character, setting, events, main idea, and details). Participants will leave with workable, accessible tools for students to create ideas, think divergently and write creatively. This workshop is best suited to teachers of grades 2-12. Register online now!
Thursday, March 9, 4:30-7:30 pm: Marcia Daft presents Sound Writing: Mastering Reading and Writing with Fluency
In this workshop, teachers discover how to recognize sound and rhythmic patterns in language, and use this to teach reading fluency. Teachers learn how to read poetry with accurate rhythm and phrasing and explore how poets use musical devices such as rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, and form to shape and craft phrases. Participants can teach these writing techniques to students and see how their language development flourishes. It will transform the way teachers think about teaching student reading and writing! This workshop focuses on vocabulary development, comparing shades of meaning and tone in different word choices; use of descriptive and figurative language in poetry writing; identifying rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, and patterned structures in poetry writing; and pre-writing, drafting, writing, editing, and revising original poetry. This workshop is best suited to teachers of grades 3-8. Register online 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.