Dayton Theatre Guild

430 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410
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Our mission About the Guild 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.

Dayton Theatre Guild

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Cookie Maverick

What intermission is complete without cookies? If you’re a maverick with a mixer or have a secret recipe you want people to try, we’ve got the perfect job for you! Just sign-up for a performance date (3 easy steps below), then bring in several (5-7) dozen delicious home baked goods before the start of the show. Your only “stage note” is to avoid nuts due to common nut allergies.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Physical, Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Stage Manager

As a stage manager, you provide support to the director, actors, creative team, and technicians throughout the production process. The stage manager is critical to the director during rehearsals where they record the director’s decisions on blocking, and take notes for the cast. Once a performance opens, it is the stage manager’s job to take reins and ensure each performance runs as the director intended until the production closes.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Costumer

As a costumer, you work with the director to create the look of each character through wardrobe and accessories. Costumes are an integral part of the visual aspect of each performance. The costumer should have an excellent eye for what works on stage in order to bring each character to life. Depending on the style of complexity, costumes may be pulled from the existing storage, made by hand, purchased, or rented.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Sound Designer and Sound Technician

Sound designers transfer the page to the stage. Sound designers read the script and work with the director and set designer to create the sound effects on stage to help transform the set into reality. Sound designers also are responsible for setting and programming all the sound effects and practicals, such as telephones, to help bring the set to life. Sound designers are also responsible for explaining to the crew, actors, and sound technician how the sound effects works. Sound technicians works closely with the stage manager and sound designer. An excellent technician will pay close attention to detail and deliver the pre-programmed sound cues on-time during the production.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Indoor
  • On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Lighting Designer and/or Lighting Technician

Lighting designers transfer the page to the stage. Lighting designers read the script and work with the director and set designer to create the visual effects on stage to help transform the set into reality. Lighting designers also are responsible for setting and programming all the set lighting and practicals, such as lamps, to help bring the set to life. Lighting designers are also responsible for explaining to the crew, actors, and lighting technician how the lights works. The lighting technician works with the stage manager and light designer to present the vision of the production. You will play close attention to detail and deliver the pre-programmed light cues on-time during performances.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Set Designer and/or Set Construction

Set Designers transfer the page to the stage. Set designers read the script and work with the director to create the visual plans for the set and set pieces. Set designers also are responsible for overseeing the construction phase of set building and explaining to the crew and actors how the set works. If you feel comfortable with a paint brush or power tool in your hand, this is a great job for you. It is optimal to have basic knowledge of materials and who has the ability to follow directions and complete tasks. An added bonus would be volunteers who love getting their hand dirty.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+)
  • Physical, Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Run Crew

Complete pre-show, show, and post show duties as assigned, including cleaning the stage and backstage, and setting-up and striking props and scenery. Duties are assigned by the stage manager.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Physical, Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Volunteering extends beyond the acting and directing that the audience sees. As a not-for-profit organization, we round out “staff” with talented volunteers who want nothing more than to give of themselves.
About us The Dayton Theatre Guild opened with Outward Bound at the Dayton Art Institute in late 1945 and has staged live theatre every year since, with more than 400 productions to date. 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 and local foundations and trusts, the Dayton Theatre Guild purchased its final home in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District.
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