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Dayton Theatre Group 

TheatreLab 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

La Cage Aux Folles

Sept 8 - 10 at the Top of the Market, Dayton OH

TheatreLab Dayton presents: La Cage Aux Folles in partnership with The Rubi Girls & Square One Salon. La Cage remains one of musical theatre's all-time biggest hits, adding new dimension to the boulevard comedy. After 20 years of partnered bliss, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better or worse, get a bit of both when Georges' son (fathered during a one night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the "family business": Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer, "Zaza". Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as "normal" when he meets the family of the bride to be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.

Starring Ben Douglas (Albin) and Josh Stucky (Georges) and featuring selected Rubi Girls!

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Our 2022-2023 Season

We are excited to announce our 2022-2023 season! Including stellar shows like Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, and more, it is sure to be an exciting season for everyone!


Get on stage!

Audition for a Show

Our 2022 season runs Oct 2022-May 2023

Auditions will take place on July 11-13th from 7-9pm. Video submissions are also always accepted at

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Calling Local Artists!

We are searching for a local artist to help develop cover art imagery that captures the essence of our 2022-2023 season shows.

To Apply: email  your resume & portfolio to Mackensie King

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Get Involved 

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and your Dayton theatre 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!

If you're interested in volunteering, please enter your email below and we'll reach out as soon as possible! 

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This imperative funding enriches the lives and culture within the Dayton, OH region and is crucial to the success of our incredibly talented artists!


  • 10 new microphones - $2,500

  • Moving Truck for shows - $100

  • Sound Technician  - $250

  • Sponsor a Summer Camper - $250

  • Props  for Something Rotten - $250

  • Batteries for Something Rotten - $50

  • Costumes for Something Rotten - $1,200

  • Set Rental for Something Rotten - $1,500

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Contact Us

Philip Drennen, Executive Director


Mackensie King, Artistic Director




116 N Jefferson St, Dayton #200, OH 45402

Monday - Friday: 10AM -4PM

P:   (937) 938-1073