It is the mission of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association to educate, engage, and inspire our audience by creating memorable experiences.
The Renaissance Performing Arts Association calls the Renaissance Theatre home. Built in 1928 as a Grand Baroque movie palace called the "Ohio Theatre" by the Warner Company, this fully-restored 1,400 seat venue has been the center of arts and entertainment in Mansfield for nearly a century! Thanks to the generosity and vision of a handful of community leaders, the Renaissance Theatre was reborn in the 1980s and adopted the new name and registered as a non-profit.
Each season, the Renaissance Performing Arts Association produces and presents between 40 and 50 productions in its beautiful venue, ranging from classical music to comedy and everything in between. With nearly $500,000 in lost revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to re-think how we do what we do best - providing entertainment and education for our community.
Earlier this year, we had to close our doors due to the pandemic. Despite that, our creative team rose to the challenge with the launch of our QuaRENtine Creations videos, and our Backlot Series during the summer months with drive-in movies and outdoor concerts. With safety protocols in place, and following audience restrictions, our historic theatre has once more opened it's doors to the public. Some of our recent events include 'Cabaret,' Mansfield Symphony Orchestra's Mash-Up, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Cinderella.' We have an exciting lineup in store for all ages! Coming up soon, we will have the ever popular Mansfield Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops, followed by other symphony concerts throughout our 2020-2021 season to stir the soul! Our education department will have youth productions including 'Tarzan,' and 'Kiss Me Kate.' For those of you who prefer onstage musicals, we will have 'The Sound of Music,' and 'Little Shop of Horrors.
As is evident from our season lineup, The Renaissance Performing Arts Association consists of the Mansfield Symphony, self-produced Renaissance Theatricals (performing multiple Broadway-style musicals featuring local professional performers each season), the Renaissance Education Department (serving 16,000 students each year with 13 distinct educational programs for students of all ages), and the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ series. Moreover, the Renaissance partners with many other organizations in the community to provide arts and entertainment to everyone, regardless of ability to pay or even come inside the theatre.
This year more than ever, we need YOUR help. During this year's Richland Gives efforts, through a generous anonymous donor, all gifts collected will be matched up to $20,000!
As we approach the end of this year, every dollar raised will help us continue providing high quality arts programming and arts education in our region for years to come. The stage is set, and your time to shine is now. Be our light!
Thanks to the support of donors and funders like you, all Renaissance tickets and programs are heavily subsidized to make them affordable for everyone in the North Central Ohio region.
All education programs are free or low cost, and no one is ever turned away for an inability to pay for education programs or tickets.