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Renaissance to Offer New REN-spiration Classroom Series

8 Aug , 2020  

The Renaissance Theatre will offer a “sequel” to its successful series of QuaRENtine Classroom sessions, beginning the week of August 16th. New classes will be formatted as a four-week series of offerings, with participants meeting once a week for four weeks.

The schedule allows families the opportunity to explore the arts while accommodating new school year schedules.

The REN-spiration Classroom will provide a variety of educational theatre activities designed with creativity in mind. The series, coordinated by Renaissance Resident Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney, expanded its offerings to the community in a series of live “classes,” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based upon the popularity of its first series of online classes, the Ren’s Education Department continued with a new series of classes for the summer.

Trained by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Maloney hopes that the continuation of virtual programming will serve as a continued resource with which the community can explore and connect with the arts, thus providing learning for a range of age groups. “While we’ve all faced challenges during the past few months, we’ve also been excited to see that our community has adapted to those challenges in unique ways. This includes their ability to embrace new environments within which to explore the arts; including our educational offerings. Instead of seeing their home spaces as a limitation, they’ve used them to their advantage. The ability to offer sessions using a remote platform has not only continued to encourage families within our immediate geographic area, but has allowed the Renaissance to build an even larger family by connecting with students in other communities, as well,” states Maloney. “Our latest series takes into account the needs of students and families as they approach the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.”

REN-spiration Classroom sessions will offer free classes for a variety of students of different ages and grade bands, from 3 years of age through twelfth grade.

Beginning August 7, interested parents and educators may visit the Renaissance website (, to register for all sessions. Registration is free, and each session has a limited number of spots available. Information regarding any needed materials will be provided by Maloney prior to class sessions. All the material provided can be used by educators, as well as parents and students. Material for the website will be updated, and expanded upon, regularly to include new material and resources for other activities and creative exploration.

For more information on the REN-spiration Classroom or any Renaissance Education programs, visit The REN-spiration Classroom is part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series.

Source, Photos: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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