The mission of the Dayton Theatre Guild is to provide entertainment, encourage the advancement of theatre art and provide the opportunity for cultural and technical growth through experience in live theatre.

The Dayton Theatre Guild opened with Outward Bound at the Dayton Art Institute in late 1945 and has staged live theatre every year since (except for the COVID-19 pandemic), with nearly 500 productions. After producing stage plays at both the USO and Dayton Art Institute, the Guild found a home in a carriage house in Dayton View in 1950. In 1963, the theatre moved to its home of 46 years on Salem Avenue, a converted postal substation that featured an 88-seat thrust stage.

Finally, with financial support from Guild patrons, local foundations & trusts, the Dayton Theatre Guild purchased its final home in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District. The 2009–2010 season opened at 430 Wayne Avenue in August 2009 with Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

The Guild has a tradition of producing seldom-seen plays and bringing in contemporary shows and area premieres without forgetting the classics. Its goal is to produce good plays done well, utilizing all-volunteer casts, crews, and administration. Participation is open to anyone passionate about theatre, regardless of prior experience. Learn more about getting involved.