Products and Programs

The Loft Season

Our signature subscription season at the Loft Theatre consists of plays and musicals, recent releases, classics and premieres. Productions on the Loft Season are rehearsed, built and produced in Dayton. The Human Race produces under a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers.

The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center

Located one block east of our administrative offices and the Loft Theatre at 116 North Main Street, The Philips Creativity Center opened in 2005 as a home for our educational programming, as well as the location of our costume shop, and props and scenery storage. The main 60-seat performance space recently underwent a renovation that included a dance floor, LED stage lighting and risers for audience seating. The Philips Creativity Center currently hosts the majority of our theatre classes and workshops for kids,teens and adults; a number of our new works readings and other special events. The Center is also availble for rent.

The Victoria Theatre

From time to time, we present special events on the historic 1,100-seat theatre’s stage, like 2015’s Lewis Black in Concert and 2000’s co-production of West Side Story with the Dayton Ballet. For over 25 years, regional audiences enjoyed seeing our work in this magnificent venue when we produced one show each season on the Victoria Theatre Association’s Broadway Series.

New Works: Musical Theatre Workshops and Residency/Festival of New Musicals

The Human Race operates a residency and workshop series designed to develop new musicals and showcase rarely produced musical works. The Residency is a ten-day to two-week program that brings the writing team together for an un-interrupted work session with a handful of musical theatre artists. Our Workshop is a two-week program— working with professional performers/directors—and culminating in a public performance in a staged concert format.

New Works: Marsha Hanna New Play Workshops

Named after The Human Race Theatre Company’s late artistic director, the New Play Workshops program provides playwrights a residency opportunity in order to further develop a new play in a workshop setting, guided by a seasoned director and supported by professional actors. The process sometimes culminates in the staged reading of the play on the Loft Theatre stage.

Preview Performance

Our preview performance is on the Thursday evening prior to our Friday evening openings. In the tradition of Broadway, it offers a significantly reduced ticket price and is available for both subscription and single ticket buyers.

Pay What You Can Open Rehearsal

A special sneak peek with admittance of a cash donation of your choosing that will go to a not-for-profit service organization (which varies on a production-by-production basis) or canned goods/non-perishable food items to The Foodbank. This serves community needs as well as patrons who may find the regular performances more than their budgets can afford.

Pay What You Can open rehearsals occur on the Wednesday before the preview performance of productions in the Loft series. Numbers are handed out to patrons at 6:30 p.m. and they are admitted in order when the house opens at 7:30 p.m. If you wish to be notified about upcoming Pay What You Can open rehearsal dates via email, please sign up for our e-mail list and check the box marked “Pay What You Can” Open Rehearsals.

Inside Track

A pre-show discussion with the show’s director held in the Loft Lobby prior to the Thursday Preview. This is an opportunity for the audience to meet the director and learn about the creative process of producing the play they are about to see.

While We’re on the Subject

A moderated discussion held with the cast and the audience members immediately following the matinee performance on the second Sunday of a production. Frequently, a guest speaker joins the group to offer unique commentary concerning the topics brought to light by the production.

Lite Fare at the Loft

On the first Tuesday performance of the run of Loft Series productions, audience members can enjoy great food and drink in the Loft Theatre lobby before the show. Inexpensive sandwiches, delicious desserts and other quick food items are provided by Citilites, with special beers and wines featured at the bar. Service starts at 5:30 p.m. to accommodate the 7:00 p.m. curtain.

The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show

The Human Race co-presents this unique gathering of performing and visual arts that includes authentic and diverse forms of poetry, drama, dance, rhythm, blues, reggae, jazz, neo-soul, hip-hip and funk, by the best of national and regional artists. Produced by Oral Funk Poetry Productions.


Wine, beer, mixed drinks and snack items are available in our lobby for every show. Drinks may be taken into the Loft during the performance.

Education Programs

Theatre Education Classes

Individually scheduled classes for kids, teens and adults are offered to explore a specific topic and may meet once or multiple times, depending upon the instructor. Offerings change over the course of a year.

Summer Stock KIDS

This two-week summer camp is designed to give students ages 8–13 a rehearsal and performance experience with scripts adapted from children’s literature.

Artists in the Schools/After School Workshops

The Human Race develops curriculum-based performances, workshops and activities to enliven and enrich students’ classroom learning experiences, as well workshops in the theatre craft of acting and technical theatre. From a one-time visit to a long-term residency, programs can be designed to fit the needs of the school. The 2016-2017 season will include two semester-long Shakespeare residencies and a touring one-person/one-day Shakespeare residency, Shuffle Off This Mortal Coil.

Private Coaching

Private Coaching Sessions are available for students ages 16–adult in acting, singing and/or audition preparation, and are taught by Human Race professionals.



Our subscribers are theatre patrons who enjoy the benefits of discounted tickets, select seating and special customer service by pre-purchasing a package of shows at the Loft. Each subscription package is priced to provide savings that increase with the size of the package.

Annual Fund

The Human Race Theatre Company operates a yearly fund campaign to support its operation. Tax-deductible support of the company by our audience shows their commitment to insuring that the company will continue into the future.

The Encore Society

Members of the Encore Society have provided for the company by including The Human Race in their estate plans.


Corporations, foundations or individuals can help support the company by sponsoring specific productions or projects and are publicized at these events.

Special Events

The Human Race plans special productions, concerts and fundraising events each season to enhance our audience’s experience. Examples include holiday productions, Lewis Black in concert at the Victoria Theatre, Marin Mazzie and Jason Daineley in Concert and Mardi Gras fundraisers.