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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

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Jan 12 - 14 at the PNC Arts Annex

Directed by Ryan Scarlata

Hedwig, a gender-queer punk-rock singer from East Berlin, tells her life story as she tours the U.S. and tracks down her enemy and ex-lover, Tommy Gnosis, who abandoned her and stole her songs after a less than ideal, botched operation.

In the Green

Jan 19 - 21 at the PNC Arts Annex

Directed by Garrett Young

(Regional Premiere) Before she became a healer, a composer, an exorcist, and finally a saint, Hildegard von Bingen was a little girl locked in a cell. This new musical is the tale of two women and the journey that leads one to embrace death, and the other to celebrate the beauty and blemishes of a fully lived life.

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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! Season Memberships are available now!


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!


  • Lumber for 2022/2023 Season Shows - $2,000

  • Moving Truck for Shows - $100

  • Sound Technician  - $250

  • Fog Machine - $500

  • Props for 2022/2023 Season Shows - $250

  • Batteries for 2022/2023 Season Shows - $50

  • Costumes for 2022/2023 Season Shows - $1,200

  • Set Rental for 2022/2023 Season Shows - $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