Renaissance Education Programs

2018-2019 Theme: My Great Escape!

Ready to escape the ordinary?  Take a step away from the day-to-day, and let your imagination lead you as you create your very own “great escape!”  If you had the ability to travel to that favorite place (real or imagined) to get quality “you time,” where would it be?  Would you hop onto that famous hot air balloon (Around the World in 80 Days)? Or would you don your finest fedora, grab your journal, and travel to find a great historic treasure (Indiana Jones)?  How about opening your closet door to find a portal into a world where animals can talk   (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe)? Tell us a story, write us a poem, or create a play featuring your magnificent journey! The Renaissance Theatre’s 2018-2019 MindSprouts Project is themed “MY GREAT ESCAPE!” and it’s your opportunity to use your imagination, writing skills and creativity to tell your own story of fantasy, adventure, and intrigue—all while entertaining your listener.  It's your great escape, so it’s all up to you!  You may feel free to use real-life events and stories you create completely, but they must be your work. Think carefully about your characters and settings; and remember to use descriptive words and phrases, since the Ren Education team will need to create sets, props and costumes to use for your story.

Our MindSprouts Sixth Annual Showcase will be presented during the spring of 2019. Interested teachers may also host Renaissance Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney for a free writing workshop on the theme on any date through the end of March 2018. Teachers will also be provided with additional materials which they may use within their classrooms. Please call our offices at (419) 522-2726, ext. 212, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will be happy to answer any question you may have regarding the project or workshops.

Submissions must be received by March 29, 2019. 
Email submissions can be sent to 
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Physical submissions should be mailed to: 
Renaissance Education Department, Attn: Dauphne Maloney, 138 Park Ave. W., Mansfield, OH 44902.



The project is open to any area student grades K through 12, in public, private and home schools. We encourage teachers to discuss with the students the elements of a story: beginning, middle, end, character development and conflict/resolution. More advanced writing techniques should be evident in upper grades.

  2. Students must create their own title for each piece.
  3. The length of stories and plays should be 1 to 3 minutes when read out loud, for grades K-6; and should be 3-5 minutes when read aloud, for grades 7-12. 
  4. Pieces may be written by individuals or groups of up to three individuals. Students may submit more than one entry.
  5. The theme, "My Great Escape," is meant to inspire and encourage, not restrict students. Short stories, poems or plays should be creative.
  6. Parents and teachers may edit spelling and grammar, but please allow the student to edit content.
  7. Items submitted may be of a serious nature or more comedic in tone, true or fictional.  Remember to use descriptive words and phrases to help the Ren Education team create sets, props, and costumes to use in your story. 
  8. Submissions may reference real-life events, but all submitted work must be the original work of the student.
  9. Submissions must be legible, either neatly handwritten or typed.
  10. Submissions should include a cover sheet with:
    1. Student name
    2. Grade
    3. Age
    4. School
    5. Contact information, including phone, email, and address (if home schooled). Contact person may be a teacher or parent.

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