Opportunities in the Arts

Love the arts and want to get more involved? Dayton Region cultural organizations are always looking for passionate individuals to join their teams! Check out these job openings and volunteer opportunities:

Dayton Art Institute

Engagement & Stewardship Officer
The Engagement & Stewardship Officer helps to plan, guide and direct strategies to increase individual and corporate donor gifts and tracks all results. The Officer will work closely with the Development Director to manage a portfolio of prospects primarily at the level of $1,500 and higher and actively engage in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts and sponsorships.
Submission Deadline: This job listing will remain open until the first interview phase is complete or until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.
Museum Educator
Celebrating its Centennial in 2019, The Dayton Art Institute seeks two Museum Educators to develop, implement, plan, manage and evaluate a wide range of public programs for all ages of the public in alignment with the museums mission and vision. This includes, but is not limited to, support for programs which have an established history at the Museum and planning and implementing new programs as needed to support special exhibitions and collection galleries and enhance access for diverse audiences.
Submission Deadline: This job listing will remain open until the first interview phase is complete or until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. NOTE: Incomplete application materials may not receive full consideration for the position.
Learn more about these opportunities here.

Dayton History – Carillon Historical Park

Guest Experience Team Member
Position Description: Guest Experience Team Members at Carillon Historical facilitate, coordinate and execute Dayton History experiences for Dayton History guests of all ages. This position will perform tasks in guest services and historical interpretation within the Education Department to improve the guest experience through all stages of planning and execution.
Living History Assistant
Position Description: Living History Assistants at Carillon Historical Park are responsible for the instruction of the Park’s educational workshops and for performing historical interpretation in the Park’s exhibit buildings. Through conversation, exhibition and production of traditional crafts and domestic skills, Living History Assistants will interpret the daily life, history and intangible cultural heritage of the early settlement of Dayton, Ohio to Museum guests.
Servers, Bartenders, Cooks, Dishwashers, Hostesses (Carillon Brewing Company)
Learn more about these opportunities here.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Director of Individual Giving
This position has been modified from the previously announced Director of Individual Giving to allow for more out-the-door prospecting and fundraising opportunities. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Individual Giving will be responsible for relationships with board of trustees and longtime donors as well as cultivating current annual fund donors and soliciting new donor relationships. This position will carry a mixed portfolio of individual and corporate prospects/donors, securing gifts through face-to-face solicitations. The Director of Individual Giving will also oversee a robust annual fund campaign. A major effort of this position will be to grow the Alliance’s annual fund strategies in online giving and other current giving strategies such as peer-to-peer fundraising and crowdfunding. This position receives support in letter writing and annual fund administration to allow generous time for donor cultivation, stewardship and out-the-door fundraising. The Alliance is seeking a candidate who truly enjoys building authentic relationships, embraces a spirit of hospitality and creativity, and wants to be part of a dedicated and hardworking team that embraces a celebratory culture.
Learn more about this opportunity here.

Zoot Theatre Company

Zoot is currently seeking submissions for the following positions:
Send a headshot/resume and a link to a short online clip of your work to info@zoottheatrecompany.org.
Production Intern
5-10 hours per week – Flexible
Unpaid- however, School credit can be offered in some cases. The Zoot Theatre Company management will make every effort to collaborate with colleges to fit the internship so that students may receive credit.
Possible opportunities to tour with shows specific to individuals interest.
Length of internship varies depending on season
Supervisor: Artistic Director
Possible Duties May Include:
-Creating puppets from start to finish alongside our Artistic Director.
-Assisting in shop, building, painting, organizing as needed.
-Represent Zoot Theatre Company at public events assisting puppeteers with needs during performance.
-Assisting during workshops on and off-site.
-Making calls to theaters about ZTC products.
-Documenting productions and events.
-Must be able to lift 50lbs.
-Must provide own transportation and phone.
-Must show initiative, self-motivation, and follow-through.
-Ability to take instruction and critical feedback and to work independently.
References provided and possibilities through Zoot Theatre Company are a point of conversation at the conclusion of the internship.
Experience in theater or an art-related field is strongly recommended, but not necessary.
Submit a resume and 3 references to Admin@zoottheatrecompany.org.
Learn more about these opportunities here.

Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc.

Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc is seeking Board Members. Prospective Members should have a passion for outdoor theatre, history, and classic literature. If you are interested and require further informatiobeavern, please Contact Timothy A. Haney at 937-376-857 or e-mail him at info@caesarsford.com.
Learn more about Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc. here.

Dayton Metro Library

Dayton Metro Library welcomes your time and talents! There are a number of volunteer opportunities available, and they will accommodate your preferences for location and hours as much as possible. Visit their website for more information or contact Dave Hicks, Volunteer Services Manager, at dhicks@daytonmetrolibrary.org or 937-496-8638.

The Historic Plaza Theatre

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer and put your service to work for a great community cause? Do you like to work hard and also have fun? Do you like to smile and talk to people and make them happy?
The Historic Plaza Theatre is searching for a few good volunteers to help out at the theatre… from assisting patrons, taking tickets, and answering questions to ushering and working at the concessions. Volunteers work as concessions, ticket takers and ushers at The Historic Plaza Theatre. Ushers are responsible for seating patrons, enforcing house policies, assisting patrons, and answering questions. They may also assist with mailings, staff fair and festival booths, and other tasks if time allows.
Become a Volunteer:
The theatre is now accepting applications! Volunteers will be required to come in at a specified time prior to the event, be trained on the spot, and then, if room allows, will receive free admission to the movie showing. (No vouchers.) They expect the same high standards of professionalism from volunteers as from paid staff members!
If you or someone you know may be interested, send an email to info@myplazatheatre.com.
Learn more about The Historic Plaza Theatre here.

In this section, we list short-term volunteer opportunities and those related to specific projects. Many wonderful cultural organizations also have ongoing calls for volunteers. To find organizations that fit your interests, check out our Guide to Arts & Culture in the Dayton Region.

Beavercreek Community Theatre

Auditions for Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures (Youth Theatre)
Audition Dates: January 13 & 14, 2019
Additional Info: Summer has come to a crashing halt in the little town of Watertower. The kids don’t want to be back in school; they are listless and bored. Suddenly, the classroom door bursts open and there, wearing pajamas and cowboy boots, stands red-headed Gooney Bird Greene! “Hi! My name is Gooney Bird Greene—that’s like the color with a silent ‘e’ on the end and I like to be smack in the middle of everything!” The class is never the same again. In blending funny and memorable characters with colorful details and her distinctive flair for suspense, Gooney Bird awakens the students’ dormant imaginations. They come to realize their lives are as unique as Gooney Bird’s and that they, too, can cast themselves as the heroes in their own true tales of discovery and adventure.
Auditions for The Legend of Georgia McBride
Audition Dates: March 4 & 5, 2019
Additional Info: He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business—and himself.
Auditions for Cabaret
Audition Dates: April 15 & 16, 2019
Additional Info: In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the CABARET. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boardinghouse, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”
Learn more about auditioning for Beavercreek Community Theatre here.

Brookville Community Theatre

Auditions for Inlaws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)
Audition Dates: January 2 & 3, 2019 at 7:00pm
Additional Info: The Douglas family is busily preparing for their annual Christmas dinner. After robbing a neighborhood liquor store, high strung and irritable Tony and his dim witted sidekick Vinny find themselves in need of a hide-out. A comic treasure that is sure to leave you in stitches while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.
Auditions for Rumors
Audition Dates: March 5 & 6, 2019 at 7:00pm
Additional Info: The Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself, though only a flesh wound. Four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer and his wife must get the story straight before the other guests arrive.
Auditions for Wizard of Oz
Audition Dates: April 30 & May 1, 2019 at 7:00pm
Additional Info: Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says will help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.
Learn more about auditioning for Brookville Community Theatre here.

Lebanon Theatre Company

Auditions for Is He Dead?
Audition Dates: January 6 & 7, 2019
Additional Info: “Is He Dead?” by the great humorist Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives, is a madcap boisterous comic farce. Think Commedia and Moliere mixed with a healthy dose of The Marx Brothers and you have “Is He Dead?” Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor’s prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich “widow,” he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie.
Learn more about auditioning for Lebanon Theatre Company here.

Does your organization have a career or volunteer opportunity you’d like us to share? Contact Karen Maner, Communications & Project Manager, at kmaner@cultureworks.org.