The Renaissance Podcast

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Michael Thomas with Colleen Cook

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. 


BONUS: Octavio Más-Arocas & Steve Taylor on “Roger & Henry Talk About It”

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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BONUS: iHeartMedia’s Rusty Cates interviews Mike Miller for “Insight”

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


Mike Miller: Year in Review 2017

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.


Bobby Wesner and Neos Dance Theatre

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" 


BONUS: Behind the Scenes of A Christmas Story the Musical with Rusty Cates

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.


Ryan Shealy and Front of House

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!


Shannon Maloney and Choreographing for Theatre

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.


Kelly Knowlton and Tips for a Great Audition

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:


Brittany Schock and the Listening Post

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