Acting Up: Young Performers Community Theater
Mason • 513-494-6062
Acting Up is a nonprofit, volunteer group which was founded to provide experiences in all aspects of the theatre arts to young people in the region. Acting Up is committed to providing the community not only with an exceptional finished theatrical product, but a fulfilling, educational, and fun process. See its production of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” September 20–22, 2019.
Beavercreek Community Theatre
Beavercreek • 937-429-4737
Since 1995, Beavercreek Community Theatre’s goal of appealing to a broad audience has been fulfilled through its selections of multigenerational dramas and musicals. A permanent theatre home has allowed BCT to offer full seasons of theatrical productions, to encourage community involvement in the arts, and to develop a Children’s Theatre program.
Dayton • 937-716-8702
Bespoke is a company focused on producing classical theatre. By merging movement, music, dance, masks, and visual art, it creates productions that are visually stimulating and highly entertaining for a contemporary audience. Borrowing inspiration from Medieval Pageant Wagons, Commedia dell’arte, the American carnival and vaudeville, Bespoke presents lively and energetic performances that invite audiences to be actively engaged in the stories that they tell.
The Black Box Improv Theater
Dayton • 937-369-0747
Since opening in 2012, The Black Box Improv Theater continues to grow in both size and notoriety. The Black Box has teamed up with long-time Second City musical great, Trey Stone, to provide shows that push the boundaries of what many couldn’t imagine locally trained comedians can do. See shows every Wednesday through Saturday, or sign up for a class!
Brookville Community Theatre
Brookville • 937-833-6790
Northwest of Dayton, just off I-70, the Brookville Community Theatre presents everything from comedies and family-friendly musicals to mysteries and touching dramas. A recipient of several DayTony awards for its productions, the theatre operates in a cozy, modern facility that seats 110 people.
Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc.
Xenia/Fairborn • 937-376-3857
Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc. is a nonprofit performing arts organization with a mission to educate the public about the history of Ohio and classic literary works through the performing arts and educational programs. Founded in 2009, Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc. strives to restore the outdoor theatre tradition to our community and stages annual outdoor theatre productions in the summer and early fall.
Children’s Performing Arts of Miamisburg (CPAM)
Miamisburg • 937-867-0353
Children’s Performing Arts of Miamisburg (CPAM) is dedicated to promoting to all area youths the appreciation of the performing arts through education, practice, and performance, and to enriching the lives of those participants by strengthening the performing arts of our communities. CPAM offers the opportunity for children to develop their talents and get involved in all aspects of theatre.
Class Act Drama Group
Beavercreek • 937-848-6478
Class Act Drama Group is a 501(c)(3) homeschool drama group for middle and high school students. It’s been in existence since 2010, and past performances include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Tarzan, and Hello Dolly. Rehearsals are typically on Friday afternoons in Beavercreek, with annual performances in early June (plus an additional fall show in some years).
Dare 2 Defy Productions
Dayton • 937-999-9949
Dare to Defy is a young and vibrant professional theatre company driven by the passion of our local community to build and portray stunning works of art. True to the spirit of Dayton and the Miami Valley, Dare to Defy hires local actors, designers and builders, technicians, and directors. Their goal is to support local artists while showcasing interesting and surprisingly unique venues in the Greater Dayton area while presenting high-quality productions that are accessible, relatable, and affordable!
Dayton • 937-424-8477
The Dayton Playhouse is a community theatre that has been providing outstanding theatrical productions to Dayton Region audiences of all ages since 1959. Located in beautiful Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, Dayton Playhouse will stage its 61st season in 2019–20. The Playhouse is also nationally recognized for FutureFest, an annual summer festival of new plays. The 30th annual FutureFest will be staged in July 2020.
Dayton Theatre Guild
Dayton • 937-278-5993
The Dayton Theatre Guild began in 1945 and has continued its tradition of producing a combination of contemporary plays along with the classics using all-volunteer casts, crews, and administration. Anyone with a passion for theatre can find a home at DTG regardless of prior experience.
Fairfield • 513-867-5348
Fairfield Footlighters is a nonprofit community theatre committed to making the theatrical experience more accessible to the public and providing more opportunities for young artists to enhance their dramatic skills. Auditions are open to the public, and performances take place at the Fairfield Community Arts Center in Fairfield, Ohio.
The Human Race Theatre Company
Dayton • 937-461-3823
The Human Race Theatre Company has been delivering the beauty, drama, and excitement of live professional theatre to Dayton and southwestern Ohio since 1986. Its Loft Season provides the region’s audiences with productions of award-winning, cutting-edge dramas, American classics, and regional and world premieres made just for them, and a new works series introduces theatre lovers to plays and musicals currently in development. Additionally, education and engagement programs address the cultural needs of a broad array of citizens throughout the Miami Valley.
Kettering Children’s Theatre
Kettering • 937-296-0294
For over three decades, Kettering Children’s Theatre at Rosewood Arts Centre has presented professionally produced and directed youth-oriented productions. The Kettering Children’s Theatre is a non-auditioned theatrical instruction program for students in grades five through nine. The program allows youth of all theatrical levels an equal opportunity to perform on stage. Kettering Children’s Theatre is sponsored by the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council.
Lebanon Theatre Company, Inc.
Lebanon • 513-228-0932
Lebanon Theatre Company is a nonprofit organization providing community theatre in an intimate 105-seat theater. The mission of LTC is to organize, sponsor, produce, and promote high-quality amateur theatrical productions and to promote and develop theatrical arts education for the Warren County area.
Magnolia Theatre Company
Dayton • 937-985-4851
Founded in May of 2012, Magnolia Theatre Company quickly became one of the most talked about theatre companies in Pennsylvania. Now located in Dayton, Ohio, their focus remains the same: A theatre company dedicated to women. MTC lives by 3 words–Fresh. Funky. Feminine.
Middletown Lyric Theatre
Middletown • 513-425-7140
Since 1978, Middletown Lyric Theatre has brought quality community theatre to the Middletown area and beyond. The mission of MLT is to inspire, nurture, challenge, educate, and empower its artists and audiences while continuing a long-standing tradition of producing affordable, accessible theatre for the community it serves.
The Playground Theatre
Dayton • 937-356-3162
A place where adults explore what it means to be human through unfiltered storytelling. The Playground’s stripped-down approach to theatre shines a spotlight on the messy parts of life that no one talks about and provides a space for grown-ups to try and figure out who they want to be when they grow up. From scraped knees to broken hearts, we’ve all been there and The Playground is here to tell the story.
ROYAL Theatre Company (Home of the Children’s Theatre of Mason)
Mason • 513-398-0116
The mission of the ROYAL Theatre Company is to expose children to all aspects of theatrical production and help them develop an appreciation for the performing arts. ROYAL Theatre Company, a nonprofit organization, produces two productions each season and offers children the opportunity to take part as performers, crew members, set builders, make-up assistants, and more.
Springboro Community Theatre
Springboro • 888-262-3792
Formerly known as Playhouse South, Springboro Community Theatre finds itself in a new neighborhood! Now in Wright Station, located at the crossroads of Central and Main in Springboro, SCT adds to its already established reputation of quality theatre through its youth program, an improv troupe, a concert series, and a speaker series. Join them in fall 2019 for their first season as Springboro Community Theatre!
Springfield Civic Theatre
Springfield • firstname.lastname@example.org
Springfield Civic Theatre has been providing quality community theatre to the Clark County and Springfield community for more than 85 years.
Founded in 2004, StageWorks is Springfield’s alternative theatre company, producing local productions of classic and contemporary plays. Auditions are open to the public and performances take place at the historic State Theater in downtown Springfield.
Tipp City Players Community Theatre
Tipp City • 937-667-SHOW (7469)
The primary purpose of the Tipp City Players, Inc. is the promotion of cultural, theatrical, and musical arts in Tipp City and its environs.
Town Hall Theatre
Washington Township • 937-433-8957
Washington Township’s Town Hall Theatre is dedicated to inspiring personal growth in young people and creating shared performing arts experiences for families. Select professionally trained artists share their craft, seek out plays that speak directly to young people, and offer a range of performance opportunities, classes, and community outreach.
Troy Civic Theatre
Troy • 937-339-7700
Since 1965, Troy Civic Theatre has provided quality family entertainment and live theatre experiences for the Upper Miami Valley. Productions include comedies, musicals, dramas, tragedies, children’s theatre, repertory company, and community outreach theatre.
The Undercroft Players’ mission is to bring audiences quality, local, professionally presented theatre at an affordable price and to teach youth of all ages how to express themselves in a creative, healthy, professional, disciplined environment. They are currently located in the basement of First Lutheran Church in downtown Dayton.
Vandalia Youth Theatre
Established in 1991, Vandalia Youth Theatre is a nonprofit educational organization committed to making high-quality live theatre accessible, relevant, and memorable for young people. Each summer, VYT produces several shows and musicals for children kindergarten through grade 12. Every child who auditions is cast in a show, regardless of experience or ability.
Victoria Theatre Association
Dayton • 937-228-7591
Victoria Theatre Association is one of Dayton’s largest nonprofit arts organizations, providing venue management, ticketing services, performance presentation, and more. The Victoria Theatre, the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Metropolitan Arts Center (home of the Loft Theatre), the Arts Garage, and the new PNC Arts Annex–all located in downtown Dayton–are owned and operated by VTA. In addition to a wide variety of educational programs, VTA brings more than 150 arts and entertainment events–from national Broadway tours to family shows, from comics to concerts and more–to the greater Dayton area each year. Several other Dayton arts organizations make their performance home in VTA venues, including the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, The Human Race Theatre Company, Dare 2 Defy, and the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus. In addition, the venues are gathering places for various events, galas, weddings and more.
Xenia Area Community Theater
Xenia • 937-372-0516
Xenia Area Community Theater offers a season of stage performances, summer youth programs, and workshops. They operate in conjunction with the X*ACT Arts Center at the same location.
Yellow Springs Theater Company
Yellow Springs • 937-708-1255
With a belief that theater can enrich the soul, challenge the mind and expand the heart of the diverse community in which it serves, the Yellow Springs Theater Company is committed to producing new and classic works of theater that fearlessly examine and illuminate the human condition: past, present, and future.
YS Kids Playhouse (YSKP)
Founded in 1995 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1997, YSKP aims to cultivate the development of future actors, leaders, patrons, and audiences, and to enhance art awareness in the community through arts education programming and the creation of original multimedia theater for youth.
Zoot Theatre Company
Dayton • 937-875-ZOOT (9668)
Zoot Theatre Company is a forward-thinking theatrical design company specializing in puppets and masks. It was founded in 2006 and was later incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2009. Since its founding, Zoot has prided itself on its ability to blend the visual and performing arts, using the stage as its gallery.