Renaissance Theater building

The Renaissance Theatre located on Park Avenue West.

MANSFIELD -- The Renaissance Education Department announces that it will again offer its Improv Underground program, a free theatre improvisation course which is part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series.

Improv Underground classes focus on building basic improv skills through group activities and are open to all students between the ages of 14 and 19. Students are guaranteed to gain self-confidence, improve communication skills, and have fun.

All classes take place at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The course begins on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and will run through April 1.

An “open mic” style performance, featuring class participants, will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at the Renaissance's Theatre 166 venue. The course is led by Dauphne Maloney, well-known throughout the area for her work with youth theatre, with help from Renaissance Artistic Director Michael Thomas, a former Second City improv troupe member.

Interested participants can register online, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 25 at or by e-mailing

For more information on this program or other Renaissance Education programs, contact the Education Department at 419-522-2726, ext. 212 or visit

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