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Dayton and Montgomery County's selection of music, dance, theater and visual arts performances truly makes the birthplace of aviation soar to new heights. Breathtaking exhibits by master artists will leave you in awe, while world-renowned establishments such as the Dayton BalletDayton Contemporary Dance CompanyDayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Live will undoubtedly fascinate and impress you. If you wish for drama and inspiration, you’ll certainly find it here in the vibrant Dayton arts community. 
Effective October 1, 2021, Dayton Live and its resident companies – Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, The Human Race Theatre Company, and Muse Machine – will require patrons attending performances at Dayton Live venues to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry. In addition to wearing masks. Health and Safety policies will continue to be regularly evaluated and adjusted based on community health data, and public health and government guidance.  Dayton Live owns and operates the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center; the Victoria Theatre; the Metropolitan Arts Center, home to The Loft Theatre; and the PNC Arts Annex; as well as the Arts Garage. Masks will continue to be required inside all venues, in accordance with City of Dayton Mask Mandate. Ticket holders are being contacted by the Dayton Live Ticket Office via email with this information and can contact the Ticket Office at or 937-228-3630 for more information or to request credits or refunds for tickets.
What documentation is required?
Present your vaccination card or a photo of your vaccination card on your phone along with your ID. Patrons will be required to be fully vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and must show proof of vaccination with valid ID at their time of entry into the theatre with their valid ticket. “Fully vaccinated” means that on the date of the performance, a guest has received their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days prior. For documentation of negative test results, make sure the document includes your name and the date stamp – along with your ID. COVID-19 tests must be administered by a third party or a virtual proctor. Self-administered tests will not be accepted. Test results must include name, test result, and timestamp to be considered valid.
Other Safety Protocols
In addition to mandatory vaccinations and mask-wearing inside its venues, Dayton Live has implemented several upgrades and strategies to increase health and safety throughout the venues. These include HVAC upgrades to enhance air filtration and quality, the installation of touchless fixtures in all venues, and enhanced cleaning processes and procedures across all venues.  All staff, volunteers, and artists at Dayton Live venues are required to be fully vaccinated and mask up unless performing on stage. Regular testing will also be utilized to ensure that those backstage remain healthy.  Dayton Live will continue to follow the guidance of health and safety officials and will reevaluate these policies as needed in coming months  Patrons are encouraged to visit for the most current protocols and answers to anticipated questions (FAQ). 


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