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The News on Newsies: Episode 1

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


Americana: Great Music for a Great Country

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


Introducing Holly Williams

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! 


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

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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!