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:
The Dayton Art Institute seeks museum instructors for art classes in grades PreK-12. Instructors will teach students skills for painting, drawing, sculpture and other media while guiding their self-expression, and ability to be innovative and think critically. Instructors must be able to follow lesson plans, and relate the art history content of students’ tours in the museum galleries to the studio experience. Classes are scheduled on an on-call basis and usually require two hours of time each, including set-up and clean-up.
Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Development must understand the dual mission of the company, leveraging the company’s artistic and education resources to garner income. Since 2009 the company operates through a business model that allows for the generation of earned income. The Director of Development will therefore manage a vital area of company operations: the cultivation and acquisition of both non-earned (philanthropic) and earned (business) revenue streams. Coordinating staff members including marketing, corporate giving and those that comprise the development team, the director will ensure that all team efforts are coordinated and implemented to maximize the company’s dual income potential. The director will spend a good measure of time outside the office, building new community relationships and maintaining established community relationships to acquire both earned and non-earned revenue. Specific in-office duties include managing and updating the fundraising database, producing prompt acknowledgements to donors and other potential prospects, preparing direct mailings, tracking response rates, and maintaining prospect and donor files. The director is responsible for special events for fundraising and donor recognition.
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.
The Artistic Administrator–Ballet functions as a key member of the Ballet and Operations Departments, assuring the smooth functioning of the Dayton Ballet company and the successful organization and integration of all productions by Dayton Ballet. Duties include company management, including coordination of schedules, rosters, equipment inventory, and injury reports; preparation and maintenance of the ballet studios; artistic/production administration including developing and monitoring production budgets, negotiating, creating, and reviewing contracts; arranging for the rental of production materials including sets and costumes; and serving as liaison with ballet guest artists.
Production Stage Manager
The Production Stage Manager will manage all aspects of production for staged performances of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, including Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera mainstage productions, collaborative presentations, miscellaneous Dayton Philharmonic presentations that involve theatrical cues, Dayton Ballet II performances and the Dayton Ballet School show. He/She is responsible for the smooth integration of artistic and technical aspects of staged productions and will be directly and actively involved in coordinating rehearsal and performance logistics and supervising personnel involved in staged productions.
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation (Levitt Foundation), a national private foundation based in Los Angeles, is conducting on-site surveys at permanent outdoor Levitt music venues, including Levitt Pavilion Dayton at Dave Hall Plaza located in downtown Dayton, beginning this August. The survey fielding effort will be conducted by a team of four field researchers who collect surveys during 2-hour shifts at 8 to 12 outdoor concerts throughout August and September. The coordinator will be the primary liaison between the field researchers and the Levitt Foundation. S/he will manage a team of researchers, conduct all relevant training for data collection, and manage the survey collection process at each concert.
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation (Levitt Foundation), a national private foundation based in Los Angeles, is conducting on-site surveys at permanent outdoor Levitt music venues, including Levitt Pavilion Dayton at Dave Hall Plaza located in downtown Dayton, beginning this August. The survey fielding effort will be conducted by a team of field researchers who collect surveys during 2-hour shifts at 8 to 12 outdoor concerts throughout August and September. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about audience research and evaluation methods specifically related to free, outdoor concerts and community events.
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 [email protected].
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.
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 [email protected].
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 [email protected] 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!
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 Dreamgirls
Audition Dates: July 9 & 10, 2018
Additional Info: Dreamgirls is a show about a time in American musical history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound. Act One is set in the fabulous sixties — a time when we were still screaming at Elvis and listening to the Beatles, but were dancing to the new beat of countless girl and boy groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Shirelles. Dreamgirlsis not just about the singing and the dancing and the performing. The play is also about the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry — the business part of show business that made possible this cultural phenomenon. Act Two shows the creation and the arrival of disco — though the word is never used in the script. The subject matter of this play deals with a musical contribution to America of such importance that only now — decades later — are we beginning to understand.
Auditions for Fun Home
Audition Dates: August 20 & 21, 2018
Additional Info: WINNER! Best Musical – 2015 Tony® Awards! WINNER! Best Score (Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron) – 2015 Tony® Awards! WINNER! Best Book of a Musical (Lisa Kron) – 2015 Tony® Awards! WINNER! Best Musical – New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award FINALIST! Pulitzer Prize for Drama When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Auditions for Babes in Toyland
Audition Dates: September 30 & October 1, 2018
Additional Info: This children’s melodrama that takes us to Mother Goose Land and Toyland. Our heroine is Mistress Mary Quite Contrary, who has her heart set on marrying the heroic Alan. But Alan’s uncle, the villainous Barnaby, is set on marrying her himself, threatening foreclosure on her mother if she refuses. Mary escapes to the mysterious Toyland through the dangerous Spider Forest, where Alan finds and saves her. Barnaby pursues Mary and Alan to Toyland, bringing the whole gang of Mother Goose Land characters with him. There we encounter the magical mystery of Toyland as we meet the Master Toymaker and his quirky assistants Grumio and Marmaduke. When Barnaby gets his hands on the Master Toymaker’s machine and creates a toy soldier army, it seems all is lost. In an exciting climax, all the Toyland and Mother Goose Land characters work together to foil his plans and set everything right again.
Auditions for A Little Piece of Heaven
Audition Dates: November 12 & 13, 2018
Additional Info: An unlikely relationship is forged in a quirky tourist shop called “A little piece of heaven.” Restless biker Mike, who works in the shop, finds a friend in sassy, elderly Lily, although the relationship certainly doesn’t start out that way. But there is something odd about this little shop owned by the equally odd Elizabeth and Henry. Suspicion and disagreement turn to respect and trust in this place where long lost things are finally found.
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.”
Auditions for Mary Poppins
Audition Dates: May 1 & 2, 2018 at 7:00pm
Additional Info: The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” This magical production includes such favorites as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Step in Time,” and some new songs “Practically Perfect,” “Brimstone and Treacle” and “Anything Can Happen if You Let It.” Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers! Audiences will be singing along from beginning to end!
Auditions for Dearly Departed
Audition Dates:July 17 & 18, 2018 at 7:00pm
Additional Info: In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, “When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you.” Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.
Auditions for A Nice Family Christmas
Audition Dates: September 18 & 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
Additional Info: It’s Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas – his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, his crazy uncle, his eccentric grandmother, and his battling siblings and their neurotic spouses, who provide no shortage of material. One by one, we learn each family member’s secrets, problems, and dysfunctions, and when they learn that he’s writing an article with some very personal family information, the fruitcake hits the fan. The question is, will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together?
Auditions for Boeing, Boeing Audition Dates: June 23 & 24, 2018
Additional Info: Revived on Broadway in 2007 in a Tony-winning production, this 1960’s French farce (adapted for the English-speaking stage) features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard (an American), who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.