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TheaterLab Dayton (formerly Dare to Defy Productions) is a place where artists come together to cultivate their ideas into works of art. Focusing on music-based live theater, The Lab takes an ensemble approach to its process, letting each artist have a voice while the piece grows organically. The Lab prides itself on visually stunning works that examine the experiment of life in a way our audiences have not seen before.

See Our Latest Show

and the Song at the Edge of the World

January 19-22 at the PNC Arts Annex

In his quiet, humble, seaside town, Charlie, a lonely boy with big dreams, meets washed up sailor Doggy who tells him of an ancient myth: The Song at the Edge of the World. No one has ever been brave enough to complete the journey North and with sheer determination and help from Doggy’s first mate (a stuffed dog named Ben), the two unlikely friends set off on their quest. Our heroes are met with many trials along the way in this tale of courage, friendship, and the answer to their ultimate question: what makes a good story? With a sweeping Irish-folk/rock inspired score by Dayton natives Philip Drennen and Skyler McNeely, Charlie and Doggy is sure to entertain and win your heart. *Open to all ages

Culture Works Special Project Grant made possible by Montgomery County Cultural Arts District

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Our 2021-2022 Season

We are excited to announce our 2021-2022 season! Including stellar shows like Something Rotten, Cabaret, Company, and much more, it is sure to be an exciting season for everyone!

Audition for a Show

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May 20-21

Victoria Theatre

Audition info coming soon.

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Get Involved 

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and your community, but the benefits can be equally great for you. TheatreLab is always on the lookout for new Volunteers! Throughout the season, we have volunteer opportunities for all! From costumes to sets, volunteers are crucial to the success of TheatreLab Dayton!

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Dayton Theatre Lab American Idiot cast members

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Philip Drennen, Executive Director  |

Mackensie King, Artistic Director  |

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