Theatre Lab Dayton production play Guys and Dolls cast members
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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


and the Song at the Edge of the World

January 19-22 at the PNC Arts Annex, Dayton OH

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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Theatre Lab Season

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!

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Something Rotten

Audition for a Show

May 20-21

Victoria Theatre

Audition info coming soon. Video submissions always accepted at

Past Theatre Performances

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!

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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/ Charlie and Doggy - $100

  • Sound Technician/ Charlie and Doggy - $250

  • Green Carpet/ Company - $150

  • 70’s Specific Props/ Company - $200

  • Batteries for Company - $50

  • Rehearsal Space/ Company - $1,200

  • Costumes/ Something Rotten - $1,500

  • Set Rental/ Something Rotten - $4,500

Theatre Lab Dayton  American Idiot cast members

Contact Us

Philip Drennen, Executive Director


Mackensie King, Artistic Director




46 N Ludlow St, Dayton, OH 45402

Monday - Friday: 10AM -4PM

P:   (937) 999-9949