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:


Culture Works

Development Manager
Culture Works is seeking an experienced fundraiser to serve in the newly created position of Development Manager. The Development Manager will serve a critically important role in assisting to coordinate the talent already being utilized by the organization through staff, consultants, and board involvement to ensure continued organizational growth.
The successful candidate will be a proven self-starter and multi-tasker, with a passionate commitment to the organization’s mission, excellent communication skills, and a successful track record in fundraising.
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2018.
Learn more about this opportunity here.


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The Dayton Art Institute

Summer Art Camp Assistant
The Dayton Art Institute seeks a Summer Art Camp Assistant for grades PreK-12. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to, assisting camp instructors with preparation and execution of projects and art activities; organizing studios by preparing supplies and materials for classes and maintaining order of supplies; clean up and interacting with campers and parents through educational activities.
Submission Deadline: May 2, 2018
Museum Instructors
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.
Submission Deadline: Open until filled.


Learn more about these opportunities here.


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Director of Development
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.
Submission Deadline: Open until filled.


Learn more about this opportunity 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

Chief Development Officer
Position Description: The Chief Development Officer (CDO) assures that the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) has the financial resources needed to fulfill its mission through the planning and implementation of all fundraising activities. The CDO has overall responsibility for the oversight of five staff people raising contributed income to meet an established annual fundraising goal. The position oversees individual giving (Annual Fund), corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grants, and special fundraising events. CDO also maintains a personal portfolio inclusive of board, corporate, individual, major gift, planned, and endowment giving.


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 [email protected].


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 [email protected].


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 [email protected].
Learn more about Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc. here.


Dayton Metro Library

Dayton Metro Library has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at different branches. Click the toggle below to see the full list:

Dayton Metro Library Opportunities

Brookville (120 Blue Pride Dr., Brookville, OH 45309)
Teen Advisory Board (teen volunteer)
• Wednesday April 4th – 330pm
Burkhardt (4680 Burkhardt Ave., Dayton, OH 45431)
Conversation Partner
• Thursday March 22nd – 430pm
• Thursday April 5th – 430pm
• Tuesday April 10th – 630pm
• Thursday April 19th – 430pm
• Tuesday April 24th – 630pm
Homework Helper (adult volunteer)
• Monday March 19th – 330pm
• Monday March 26th – 330pm
• Monday April 2nd – 330pm
• Monday April 9th – 330pm
• Monday April 16th – 330pm
• Monday April 23rd – 330pm
• Monday April 30th – 330pm
Teen Advisory Board (teen volunteer)
• Thursday March 15th – 430pm
• Thursday April 19th – 430pm
Electra C Doren (701 Troy St. Dayton, OH 45404)
Reading Buddies
• Wednesday March 14th – 4pm
• Wednesday March 21st – 4pm
• Wednesday March 28th – 4pm
• Wednesday April 4th – 4pm
• Wednesday April 11th – 4pm
• Wednesday April 18th – 4pm
• Wednesday April 25th – 330pm
• May – August dates to be determined
Huber Heights (6160 Chambersburg Rd., Huber Heights, OH 45424)
Conversation Partner
• May – August dates to be determined
Reading Buddies
• Saturday May – August dates to be determined
• Saturday May – August dates to be determined
Teen Advisory Board (Teen Volunteer)
• Monday April 2nd – 5pm
Kettering Moraine (3496 Far Hills Ave., Kettering OH 45429)
Conversation Partner
• Thursday April 5th – 630pm
Homework Helper – 4:30pm – 7pm
• Monday April 23rd
Madden Hills (2542 Germantown St. Dayton, OH 45417)
Homework Help – now until April 30th
• Mondays – 330-6pm
• Thursdays 330-6pm
• Fridays 330-530pm
Main Library (215 E. Third St., Dayton, OH 45402)
Conversation Partner
• May – August dates to be determined
Reading Buddies
• Tuesday March 27th – 330pm
• Tuesday April 10th – 330pm
• Tuesday April 27th – 330pm
• May – August Dates to be determined
Homework Helper 
• Wednesday March 14th – 3pm
• Thursday March 15th – 5pm
• Wednesday March 21st – 3pm
• Thursday March 22nd – 5pm
• Tuesday March 27th – 430pm
• Wednesday March 28th – 3pm
• Thursday March 29th – 5pm
• Wednesday April 4th – 3pm
• Thursday April 5th – 5pm
• Wednesday April 11th – 3pm
• Thursday April 12th – 5pm
• Wednesday April 18th – 3pm
• Thursday April 19th – 5pm
• Wednesday April 25th – 3pm
• Thursday April 26th – 5pm
Teen Advisory Board (Teen Volunteer)
• Tuesday April 10th – 4pm
Program Helper – Play and Learn Helper – Volunteers will assist the Early Literacy Librarian with set up, clean up, play with children, and keep order to the area during the play group.
• Tuesday March 16th – 10:15am – 11:45am
• Tuesday March 20th – 10:15am – 11:45am
• Tuesday March 27th – 10:15am – 11:45am
• Tuesday April 3rd – 10:15am – 11:45am
• Tuesday April 10th – 10:15am – 11:45am
• Tuesday April 17th – 10:15am – 11:45am
Program Helper – StoryCon: Teen – as Library staff in monitoring rooms for breakout sessions and other program assistance (setup/cleanup) (4-6 volunteers wanted)
• Saturday April 28th – 10am – 5pm
New Facilities Greeter – various shifts available
Special Collections volunteers wanted – (2-3 volunteers wanted)
• Add notecards and/or HOBITS worksheets to the database from home
• Find Obituaries or stories about death from the Miamisburg newspaper and upload the citations to HOBITS.
Miami Township (2718 Lyons Miamisburg OH, 45342)
Teen Advisory Board
• Wednesday February 21st – 4pm
Miamisburg (545 E Linden Ave. Miamisburg OH, 45342)
Program Helper – Tween Tuesday – Assist with weekly afterschool program including tabletop games, video games, crafts, and snacks. Experience with 8-12 kids would be helpful.
• Tuesday March 20th – 345 – 515pm
• Tuesday March 27th – 345 – 515pm
• Tuesday April 3rd – 345 – 515pm
• Tuesday April 10th – 345 – 515pm
• Tuesday April 17th – 345 – 515pm
Program Helper – Fandom Fest Lock-In – assist Library staff in gaming, crafts, and setup/cleanup. (2 volunteers wanted) This program might move to Miami Township
• Saturday February 17th 7-11pm
New Lebanon (715 W. Main St. New Lebanon, OH 45345)
Reading Buddies
• Monday March 19th – 4pm
• Monday March 26th – 4pm
• Monday April 2nd – 4pm
• Monday April 9th- 4pm
• Monday April 16th – 4pm
• Monday April 23rd – 4pm
• Monday April 30th – 4pm
Teen Advisory Board Member (teen volunteer)
• Tuesday April 3rd – 3:30pm
• Tuesday April 10th – 3:30pm
Northwest (2410 Philadelphia Dr. Dayton, OH 45406)
Computer Helper – Mouse Basics
• Tuesday April 3rd – 5:15pm
Computer Keyboard
• Tuesday April 10th – 5:15pm
Internet Basics for Older Adults
• Thursday March 8th – 1:45pm
• Thursday April 19th – 1:45pm
Internet Basics
• Tuesday April 24th – 5:15pm
Email Basics for Older Adults
• Thursday March 15th – 1:45pm
• Thursday April 26th – 1:45pm
Word Basics for Older Adults
• Thursday March 22nd – 1:45pm
• Thursday March 29th – 1:45pm
PowerPoint Basics
• Tuesday March 13th – 5:15pm
Excel: Just the Basics
• Tuesday March 20th – 5:15pm
Computer Basics
• Tuesday April 17th – 5:15pm
Homework Helper
• Now – until April 30, 2018
• Mondays 330-6pm
• Thursdays 330-6pm
• Fridays 330-530pm
Program Helper – Anime Club: (teen volunteer)
• Monday March 5th – 545pm
• Monday April 2nd – 545pm
Program Helper – Teen Art and Making (teen volunteer)
• Monday March 19th – 545pm
• Monday March 26th – 545pm
• Monday April 9th – 545pm
• Monday April 16th – 545pm
• Monday April 23rd – 545pm
Program Helper – Teen Gaming (teen volunteer)
• Thursday March 15th – 445pm
• Thursday March 22nd – 445pm
• Thursday March 29th – 445pm
• Thursday April 5th – 445pm
• Thursday April 12th – 445pm
• Thursday April 19th – 445pm
Reading Buddies
• Friday March 16th – 3pm
• Tuesday March 20th – 4pm
• Friday March 23rd – 3pm
• Tuesday March 27th – 4pm
• Friday March 30th – 3pm
• Tuesday April 3rd – 4pm
• Friday April 6th – 3pm
• Tuesday April 10th – 4pm
• Friday April 13th – 3pm
• Tuesday April 17th – 4pm
• Friday April 20th – 3pm
• Tuesday April 24th – 4pm
• Friday April 27th – 3pm
• May – August dates to be determined
Teen Advisory Board (teen volunteer) – Teens who attend will be involved with designing and running programs for the year, as well as giving input in teen services at the Northwest Branch.
• Monday April 2nd – 5pm
New Facilities Greeter – various shifts available.
Outreach Services – Homebound Delivery Helper – various shifts to be determined
Trotwood (651 E. Main St. Trotwood, OH 45426)
Homework Helper
• Monday March 19th – 3pm
• Monday March 26th – 3pm
• Monday April 2nd – 3pm
• Monday April 9th – 3pm
• Monday April 16th – 3pm
• Monday April 23rd – 3pm
• Monday April 30th – 3pm
West Carrollton (300 E Central Ave. West Carrollton, OH 45449) (CLOSED for RENOVATIONS)
New Facilities Greeter – help orient patrons to the new building by distributing maps. And assists them in returning items to the Automated Materials Handling machine.
Library Mascot – Grand Reopening
Westwood (3207 Hoover Ave. Dayton, OH 45407)
Friends of the Library Book Sale Helper – Various shifts open – assist the Friends of the Library committee in unpacking/packing boxes and sort materials in preparation for the book sale.
Wilmington Stroop (3980 Wilmington Pike Dayton, OH 45429) (CLOSED for RENOVATIONS)
New Facilities Greeter – help orient patrons to the new building by distributing maps. And assists them in returning items to the Automated Materials Handling machine.
Library Mascot – Grand Reopening
Special Event/Project Helper
Publicity Helper – Deliver Dayton Metro Library bookmarks to designated locations
The Dayton Metro Library is partnering with AmeriCorps to provide Homework Help and Family Engagement at the Madden Hills Branch Library and the Northwest Branch Library. For more details please visit go.udayton.edu/daytoncorps
Position Title: Library Instructional Aide (Summer 2018)
• Site Location: Northwest and Madden Hills Branch
• Term of Service: Service will begin May 2018 and end August 31, 2018. Members must serve at least 300 hours: Member will serve about 23 hours per week.
• Benefits: Members will receive a living allowance of up to $2075, contingent upon completion of service. Living allowance will be disbursed twice per month in equal amounts.


For more information about any of these opportunities, 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!
If you or someone you know may be interested, send an email to [email protected].
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 Company
Audition Dates: April 16 & 17, 2018
Additional Info: This Broadway classic revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends as they celebrate his 35th birthday. Winner of 6 Tony awards including best musical for the original production, as well as multiple awards for subsequent productions, including best revival of a musical in 2007.
Learn more about auditioning for Beavercreek Community Theatre here.


Brookville Community Theatre

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?
Learn more about auditioning for Brookville Community Theatre here.


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Auditions for DCDC First Company
Audition Date: March 17, 2018
Learn more about auditioning for DCDC here.


Lebanon Theatre Company

Auditions for The Foreigner
Audition Dates: March 19 & 20, 2018, 7:00pm
Learn more about auditioning for Lebanon Theatre Company here.


Springfield Civic Theatre

Auditions for 13: The Musical (Springfield Civic Theatre, Jr.)
Audition Dates: March 18 & 20
Auditions for The Spitfire Grill
Audition Dates: May 5
Learn more about auditioning for Springfield Civic Theatre here.


X*ACT – Xenia Area Community Theatre

Auditions for You Can’t Take It with You
Audition Dates: March 19 & 20


Learn more about auditioning for X*ACT here.

Does your organization have a career or volunteer opportunity you’d like us to share? Contact Karen Maner, Communications & Project Manager, at [email protected].