General Contact Info

General Human Race questions:  (937) 461-3823

Box Office/Ticket questions: (937) 228-3630

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Press Contact
Costume Rentals and Donations
Submission Policy
At The Human Race, we offer development programs to assist playwrights by providing readings, workshops and sometimes, full productions.  Because we are a small company, we are very selective on the works that we choose to develop – and always a variety of factors apply;  ie: subject matter, size of cast, our ability to provide what the playwright needs.  If you want us to consider your play,  please submit the following:
  • Title of your play
  • Synopsis of your play
  • Number of characters (note if any double casting)
  • Short playwright bio
  • List any readings/workshops/performances of your play (private or public)

Email to Emily N. Wells, Artistic Director:

Please allow up to 3 months for a reply.

What’s on your mind?

The beauty of theatre is the dialogue it creates among our audience members. We love hearing what you think. So… send us an email and let us know. Did you like a show? Do you have an opinion on a idea or topic in one of our shows? Are you a fan of one of the performers? Do you have a suggestion for a show you’d like to see? Would you like to volunteer to help on a Board committee?

Send us an email:

Frequently Asked Questions

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How much are tickets?

Individual show prices vary depending on your preferred performance and seating location. Preview performances are the least expensive, and weeknights cost less than weekends. Tickets to productions in the Loft Theatre typically range from $17 - $53, but are subject to change. Discounts for seniors, military, and students are available.

Are your shows family friendly?

As a contemporary theatre company, most of our productions on the Loft season are suitable for adults and older teens as they frequently contain adult language and subject matter. If you are interested to know if a certain production is suitable for younger teens or preteens, please feel free to call or email us. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted at our productions in the Loft Theatre.

What days and times do you have shows?

Day / Time
Preview / First Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Opening / First Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays / 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays / 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays / 8:00 p.m.
Fridays / 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays / 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Evening / 7:00 p.m. (First Sunday only)
Sunday Matinees / 2:00 p.m.

When should I arrive at the theatre?

We recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to curtain when the theatre doors open, especially if you have tickets waiting at Will Call. The Loft lobby is open two hours prior to curtain. While you wait for the show to start, feel free to enjoy a drink or snack from the Loft Bar.

What happens if I’m late to my performance?

Performances begin promptly. Latecomers will be seated at the house manager’s discretion, and may have to watch the performance on a video monitor in the lobby until they can be seated. Patrons who leave the Loft Theatre during a performance may—at the sole discretion of the house manager—be re-seated, although possibly in different seats, during the performance. This is a policy we must enforce without exception, due to the layout of the Loft and for the safety of our actors and enjoyment of audience members.

Can I exchange my tickets?

If you are a Loft subscriber and the tickets in question were purchased as part of a subscription package, they may be exchanged for free (no fees) until one hour before curtain the day before your scheduled performance. There may be an up-charge if you exchange into a more expensive performance.

Non-subscribers may exchange their tickets for a different performance of the same show for a flat $5 fee until one hour before curtain the day before your scheduled performance. Exchanges can be made by phone (937-228-3630) or in person.

Otherwise, if at the last minute you are unable to use your tickets, you may turn them in as a contribution to The Human Race Theatre Company. The value of the donated tickets is tax-deductible and acknowledged by mail. Tickets for past performances cannot be considered a donation.

There are no refunds.

Can I look at a seating chart of the Loft Theatre space?

What accessibility aids do you offer?

Free assistive listening devices are available at the Loft box office prior to the performance by exchanging a license or credit card. No advance reservations are required.

Scripts for those with hearing loss are available with two weeks’ notice. Contact Tara Lail for more information.

The Metropolitan Arts Center building and Loft Theatre are wheelchair-accessible.

If you require wheelchair seating, please contact Dayton Live directly at 937-228-3630.

We offer open captioning at one Signed and Audio Described performance of every production on our Loft season, with services provided by Miami Valley Interpreters, LLC and professional audio describers. Patrons who wish to take advantage of this specific performance (second Saturdays) must provide Dayton Live with two weeks’ advance notice prior to the first public performance.

What are the box office’s hours?

Dayton Live
Phone: 937-228-3630

Schuster Performing Arts Center lobby
One West Second Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Labor Day to Memorial Day only)

Loft Theatre lobby
126 North Main Street
3rd Floor
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Open two hours prior to performance only

Are there any service fees?

Dayton Live charges a $3 per ticket Preservation Fee on all tickets. (The Human Race already includes this fee on all stated ticket prices.)

Ticket Center Stage charges an additional 16% per ticket Service Fee on all tickets purchased online and by phone.

Can I get discounted tickets?

The Human Race Theatre Company has created a variety of discount options in order to make theatre an accessible art form for all audiences.

Subscription and Membership Packages
Subscribers enjoy the most advantages at consistently low prices, saving up to 36% off normal ticket prices while getting the best available seats and free ticket exchanges.

Pay What You CAN Night
Get a sneak peek at our productions and support a great cause. Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. prior to the opening of a show, we offer audiences the opportunity to attend an open rehearsal. The price of a ticket: bring a cash donation of your choice that will go to one of a number of The Human Race’s partnering non-profit, service-based organizations, or a non-perishable food item for The Foodbank. Tickets are first-come, first-served and are handed out starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Loft lobby. One ticket per person.

$17 and $29 Side Seats
Buy early and save. We offer a limited number of side area seats to each performance for as little as $16. These seats are available as soon as tickets go on sale, but the prices will increase as we get close to the performance.

“Sawbuck Sunday”
The first Sunday 7:00 p.m. performance of each Loft Series production: At 5:00 p.m., all available seats are $10 cash (a “sawbuck”). Tickets available at the Loft box office day of show for walk up sales only. One ticket per person.

Group Tickets
Groups of 10 or more receive discounts starting at 10% off. Contact Betty Gould at (937) 461-8295 for more information and to book your group.

Special Discounts
Members of the following groups receive discounts of 50% off full priced adult tickets with presentation of valid ID upon purchase of tickets. There is a maximum of two tickets per ID. Tickets are based upon availability and may not be combined with other offers or discounts, or be applied retroactively.

  • Actors’ Equity Association members
  • League of Cincinnati Theatres members
  • City of Dayton current employees
  • U.S. Military members (active duty and retired): Blue Star military tickets
  • Students (may be ordered online but ID must be shown at Will Call to pick up tickets)
Do you make ticket donations to local organizations?

The Human Race does provide ticket vouchers to select regional non-profit organizations for use as a fundraising tool. Please provide us with at least one month’s notice prior to your event. Contact Kevin Moore at (937) 461-3823 x3115 for more information.


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General Auditions for Adult Actors


2022-2023 SEASON General Auditions for Adult Actors

WHAT to prepare:
  • Plays only: Prepare two contrasting contemporary 1.5 minute monologues.
  • Musical only: Prepare 32 bars each of two contrasting contemporary musical theatre pieces.
  • Plays and Musicals: Prepare BOTH requirements listed above.
LIVE, IN-PERSON – Adults only: Dayton, Ohio
  • We are not scheduled to have in-person auditions at this time.  You can submit a picture and resume to Monique Cooper, Company Manager



ACTORS will be auditioning for:

      • DEADLINE, Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes
      • BARBECUE, Robert O’Hara
      • INDIGO, Music and Lyrics by Scott Evan Davis, Book by Jay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione and Scott Evan Davis

Please note:

      • GROUNDED : The role of The Pilot has been cast.
      • WHO’S HOLIDAY!: The role of Cindy Lou Who has been cast.
      • INDIGO: The roles of Emma and Elaine have been cast.


About The Human Race Theatre Company

The Human Race Theatre Company is a professional theatre that works under a Small Professional Theatre Contract (SPT 6) and performs in the Loft Theatre, a 212-seat thrust stage.

Emily N.  Wells, Artistic Director | Kappy Kilburn, Executive Director | Tara Lail, Creative Producer

  • Rehearsals are primarily Monday – Friday evenings, and daytime on weekends.
  • Auditions are open to Non-Equity and Equity Actors (unless otherwise noted), with Non-Equity actors having the opportunity to join the Equity Membership Candidacy Program.
  • We are looking for age-appropriate actors.
  • All roles open to all gender identities and ethnicities.


Productions and Beyond

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 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 2017’s co-production of A Christmas Story with the Victoria Theatre. 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

The Human Race operates a residency and workshop series designed to develop new musicals. 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 sometimes 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.

Monday Night Playreading Series

Throughout the season, we will be hosting table readings of plays considered to be some of the best the theatre world has to offer, and all works of interest to The Human Race as potential full-productions.  Open to the public and voiced by many of the region’s top performers, these readings provide an opportunity for theatre lovers to hear and enjoy scripts they may not be able to experience otherwise.

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. (See Inside Track)

Pay What You CAN Open Rehearsal

A special sneak peek with the 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.

Inside Track

A pre-show discussion with the show’s director held in the Loft Lobby 45 minutes 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.

The Loft Bar

Soda, 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 & Engagement Programs

Artists in the Schools/Community Workshops

The Human Race develops curriculum-based workshops and activities to enliven and enrich students’ classroom learning experiences, opportunities to explore life-long learning, as well as 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 group. The past season included two semester-long Shakespeare residencies and a new “Stages & Stories” program.


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.

Single Tickets

Single Tickets go on sale to non-subscribers at specific times for each of our Loft shows.  The prices vary based on the day of the week and the location in the theatre.  All single tickets are sold through Dayton Live and may include processing and mailing charges.  Single Tickets are not refundable not can they be exchanged. (benefits of a subscriber)

Membership Plan

Our new monthly Membership Plan allows you to treat your theatre experience like your Netflix account.  By paying a regular monthly fee, you join an exclusive group with early access to prime seats – up to four per production for just $10 each.  Members will be alerted by email of other discounts, perks and invitations to special events.

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 Danieley in Concert and Mardi Gras fundraisers.