Acting Up: Young Performers Community Theater
Mason • 513-494-6062
Acting Up is a nonprofit volunteer group established in 2005. They have produced over 28 musicals since then, with casts of 80–120 young performers ages 6–18. Acting Up is committed to providing experiences in all aspects of the theatre arts to young people in the region and providing the community with an exceptional finished theatrical product. Audition and ticket information is available on their website.
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.
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!
Brighter Connections Theatre
Their mission is to create compelling theatrical experiences in an inclusive environment with neurodiverse young people, building life skills one act at a time. Since 2016, the University of Dayton's Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology [TDP] Program has collaborated with Brighter Connections Theatre. University of Dayton's TDP provide BCT's performance and rehearsal spaces, props, costumes, faculty, research publishing opportunities, College of Arts and Sciences Student Fellows, and theatre and performance technology expertise.
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
The mission of Caesar's Ford Theatre, Inc is to educate the public about the history of Ohio through the performing arts and educational programs. Caesar's Ford Theatre is currently developing an outdoor dramatic historical interpretation project entitled the "Shawnee Living History Tour" with an anticipated premiere in late summer or early fall 2023.
Cedarville University Theatre
The Cedarville University Theatre department offers three main stage productions per year, providing their students with the opportunity to perform in front of the student body and the community.
Children’s Performing Arts of Miamisburg (CPAM)
Miamisburg • 937-867-0353
CPAM is a local, nonprofit theatre organization specializing in quality theatre programming. CPAM has a variety of offerings including musicals, plays, camps and classes. Join them for a fun, educational experience for students of all ages!
Class Act Drama Group
Beavercreek • 937-848-6478
Class Act Drama Group is a 501(c)3 organized in 2010 primarily to provide home-educated students with a place to experience all aspects of theater by performing Broadway musicals. Their program is aimed at youth in grades 7–10, and their season runs from September through June, with their annual show taking place in early June.
The Common Good Players at the University of Dayton
The Common Good Players is an applied performing arts scholarship program dedicated to using performance for social change. The Players engage campus and civic organizations in performance-driven orientations, seminars, and trainings that tackle major social issues like diversity and equity.
Dayton • 937-424-8477
The Dayton Playhouse is a community theatre providing outstanding theatrical productions to Miami Valley audiences of all ages for more than fifty years. The Playhouse is nationally recognized for FutureFest, a festival of new and unproduced plays that dates back to 1991.
Dayton Theatre Guild
Dayton • 937-278-5993
They "do good theater well!" and have been doing so since 1945.
Edison Stagelight Players at Edison Community College
The Edison Stagelight Players are Edison State Community College's official theatre group. They are dedicated to captivating their audience with an artistic and dramatic experience for everyone.
Epiphany Lutheran Church Drama Program
Epiphany has a more than 30-year history of inter-generational church fellowship, family sharing, community outreach, and individual growth through their Summer and Holiday musicals. Over half the actors and families involved are drawn from outside the Epiphany family.
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.
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 at Rosewood Arts Center
Kettering • 937-296-0294
For over three decades, Kettering Children’s Theatre at Rosewood Arts Center 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.
Mad River Theater Works
The mission of Mad River Theater Works is to create and perform inspiring original plays with music that uplift characters from the past, challenging racism, sexism and intolerance. In addition to local and national touring, Mad River conducts hands-on residencies in schools that connect students to the American roots storytelling and music that is the source material for their work. Many performances take place at the Foundry Theatre at Antioch College, where they are a Company in Residence.
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.
Miami University Theatre
Oxford • 513-529-3053
Miami's Department of Theatre believes that theatre can inspire a world of possibilities. They are committed to developing passionate, creative thinkers with artistic vision through a program of study that emphasizes the interplay between critical thinking and artistic practice. They situate themselves within a strong liberal arts tradition, celebrate its interdisciplinary resources, and encourage multiple connections to the surrounding communities.
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.
ROYAL Theatre Company (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.
Sinclair College Theatre
Sinclair College offers a full season of musical theatre, comedy, and drama productions for the enjoyment of the community. Blair Hall Theatre is the home of Sinclair's Theatre department productions and Music department concerts. These performances are an integral part of their student’s arts education, and many of the events involve community artists.
Springboro Community Theatre (SCT)
Springboro • 888-262-3792
Formerly known as Playhouse South, Springboro Community Theatre is 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. Their mission is to promote the ongoing appreciation of live theatre by providing teaching, acting, and audience opportunities for the community of Springboro.
Springfield Civic Theatre
Springfield • firstname.lastname@example.org
Springfield Civic Theatre is the oldest community theater organization in Springfield, Ohio. They are now in their 90th year of production. Operating mainly out of the John Legend Theatre, their mission is to provide quality community theater to Springfield and Clark County.
Dayton • 937-999-9949
Founded in 2014 as Dare 2 Defy Productions, TheatreLab Dayton hit the ground running with one goal in mind: to portray stunning works of art while showcasing the artistry the city has to offer. Since then, they have produced 38 musicals and many cabarets, concerts and collaborations, employing hundreds of Dayton, OH theatre performers, creatives, and crew. As they make art, they strive to build community. TheatreLab offers several youth programs a year to teach and encourage the future of theatre and maintain affordable programs and ticket prices. Their yearly theatre seasons contribute to Dayton's budding art scene as our city continues to grow.
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.
University of Dayton Theatre, Dance, & Performance Technology Program
UD's Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology program provides performances for the public, collaborations with local artists and professional companies, and programming that engages the community for the common good.
Vandalia Youth Theatre (VYT)
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.
Wittenberg University Theatre and Dance Program
Theatre and dance invigorate every corner of Wittenberg’s campus, from contact improvisation exploding across the stage to experimental pieces in alternative spaces, from major Broadway musicals and ballet to student-written plays and hip-hop dance. Wittenberg’s diverse course offerings grant student artists and scholars robust classroom and laboratory environments. Several main stage productions, open to students and the community, are presented each season in Chakeres Memorial Theatre on the Wittenberg campus.
Wright State University School of Fine and Performing Arts
Wright State’s dance, drama, and musical theatre productions are the hottest tickets in town! Offering a variety of performances over their full season, their professional-level productions shine a spotlight on the university's renowned performing arts program.
Xenia Area Community Theater (X*ACT)
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 Brick Theater
Yellow Brick Theater is a new local theater company committed to the education of all aspects of theater production while nurturing creative expression, self confidence, teamwork, and an appreciation for the arts. YBT provides a theatrical home for children, giving them a place to express themselves creatively, feel connected to their peers, and learn valuable life skills. Their mission is to strengthen the vibrant youth culture of the Greater Dayton area by providing children and their families with theater education, performance experiences, and opportunities for artistic self expression.
The 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.