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At Dayton Live, we recognize that the heart of an arts organization will always be the people we bring together and experiences we share.

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 the 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 Contemporary Dance Company

Dayton Dance Initiative

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Human Race Theatre

Muse Machine

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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Employment & Volunteering

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, and volunteer positions available each year.

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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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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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