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Dayton Live elevates a thriving downtown experience as the primary host and presenter for performing arts in the region. Our mission is to strengthen community engagement in the arts through inspiring performances, educational opportunities, and world-class venues.

Dayton Live, located in the heart of downtown Dayton, is one of city’s premier not-for-profit arts organizations. We present more than 300 performances for all ages and interests each year, including touring Broadway, comedians, concerts, films, and family shows. We operate and maintain the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theatre, the PNC Arts Annex, and Metropolitan Arts Center (home of The Loft Theatre) for the benefit of the community and the arts organizations that use them. We also own and operate The Arts Garage.

This vibrant arts district, is located in the blocks between First and Second Streets and Main and Ludlow Streets, is frequented by many artists and arts organizations, but those with whom we have a close, symbiotic relationship are:

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Dayton Ballet

Dayton Opera

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

The Human Race Theatre

Muse Machine


Mapp showing location of the Schuster Center in Downtown Dayton, Ohio.

Directions & Parking

Dayton Live’s venues are in downtown Dayton. We own and operate The Arts Garage at the corner of Second and Ludlow Streets, so parking there actually helps support the arts venues used by all our great arts organizations.

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Tables set up for a reception on the stage of the Victoria Theatre


Host your event in style or present your performance in one of Dayton’s premier theatres! We love to throw a great party and our venues provide the dramatic backdrop to put you and your special day in the limelight.

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Portrait of Ty Sutton


Dayton Live is fortunate to be overseen by passionate professionals with decades of experience in venue management.

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Audience of a musical performance in the Schuster Center Meade Theatre

Community Reports

Each year, Dayton Live prepares a report to the community about that season’s highlights and successes. The information is reported at the Annual Meeting and published in the Community Report.

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Group of Teen Volunteers awaiting instructions

Employment, Volunteering & Internships

Come work with a great group of individuals who care deeply about bringing the arts and our community together in a variety of ways. We have full-time, part-time, volunteer, and internship positions available each year.

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Looking up at the Schuster Center Meade Theatre ceiling


We believe the arts should be accessible to everyone!

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Looking up at the ceiling in the Victoria Theatre

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about a venue or performance, the answer may be here! If your question isn’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to call us at 937-228-3630 or 937-228-7591.

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