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Black Box Improv Theater

Founder Justin Howard has performed, studied and taught improv in Chicago and New York City. He started The Black Box in 2012 and more than 300 Daytonians have studied at the theater; many currently perform on weekends. The Black Box has teamed with long time Second City musical great Trey Stone to provide shows that push the boundaries of what many couldn’t imagine locally trained comedians can do.

dcdcDayton Contemporary Dance Company

The Bessie Award-winning DCDC is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. It is one of just a handful of performing arts organizations of international reputation, not based in a major metropolitan area. DCDC serves as a cultural ambassador for Dayton, the Miami Valley and the state of Ohio. Each year the company reaches approximately 30,000 people through performances and education programming.

Radio Basim

Friday nights from 10 to midnight, WYSO 91.3 FM puts Funk music front and center with “Behind the Groove.” Host Basim Blunt turns a mix of retro funk 45s, B-sides and Neo-Funk into two hours of head nodding, booty shaking fun! Basim joined WYSO as a member of the 2012 Community Voices program. His work earned a “New Voices” Scholar award by (AIR) Association of Independents in Radio.

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wysoWYSO Community Voices

In the spring of 2011 WYSO Public Radio launched a training program to teach listeners how to produce radio stories. WYSO helps local people record essays, poems and commentaries. They work with public school teachers who want to bring radio into their classrooms, and they collect oral histories. Projects include Dayton Youth Radio, Veterans Voices, and Women’s Voices from Dayton Correctional Institution. Community Voices is all about getting local voices on the air.


Zoot Theatre Company

ZOOT is a forward-thinking theatrical design company specializing in puppets and masks. Since its founding in 2006, Zoot has prided itself on its ability to blend the visual and performing arts, using the stage as its gallery. ZTC enjoys a number of partnerships with high schools, colleges, and cultural arts organizations such as The Muse Machine, Central State University, the University of Dayton, The Dayton Art Institute, The Human Race Theatre Company and many other schools and organizations throughout the region.

The Oehlers Great Reading Room


Michigan native Benjamin J S Rivet has called Dayton home since arriving at the University of Dayton in 2004 to study music and entrepreneurship. His career as a multi-medium producer, performer and writer has resulted in steady national touring, independently published music and self-produced media campaigns for a number of creative and commercial endeavors. Performing under his initialed moniker BJSR, he weaves intricate guitar, looped beatboxing and layered vocals into a seamless expression of rhythmic emotion.

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Jackson Riffle

Jackson Riffle is a senior at Newton High School where he is involved in music and athletics. Over the course of high school, Jackson has performed across the country as a percussionist in Ohio, Texas, and Washington D.C. Jackson strives to make music a big part of his life and hopes to be involved in music for the rest of his life.
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The Mural Machine

Tiffany Allyn Clark and Christopher “etch” Weyrich have been making art together as The Mural Machine since 2015. Since their inception, they have created over 35 public and residential murals, as well as numerous fine art and performance pieces.

The Atrium


Femme Fatale Silk Aerialists and Dancers

Femme Fatale Fitness, led by our Ringleader Champagne Shock, is Dayton's premier pole, aerial, and dance studio exclusively for women ages 18 and up.  Women of all fitness levels and backgrounds are encouraged to explore exciting new sides of themselves in a judgement-free environment. Experience unique, addicting classes and parties, and unleash the Femme Fatale within!

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Steffin Johnson

Dayton’s own Steffin Johnson is an alumni of Stivers School for the Arts and Wright State University. A classical pianist, he began studying piano at the age of four. He is the recipient of the Irene Romanowski Piano Award, Robert Stofer Award, 1st and 2nd prizes at OMTA State Piano Competition and was a speaker/performer at the inaugural TEDx Dayton. He is currently studying with Andre Watts at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.


Creative Cuisine Stations

matthewCreative Cuisine Stations

Scratch Foods | Matthew Hayden, President

Dayton native Matthew Hayden was born to Phillip and Carleen Hayden in 1971. As a result of being a “sick kid,” Matthew missed many days of school, staying home with Mom and learning to cook at an early age. Matthew’s father travelled extensively, exposed Matthew to world culture and instilled in him a strong work ethic, sense of community, and entrepreneurial spirit.

In 1998, Matthew, Phillip and Christopher Hayden formed Tasca Inc. and purchased The Pourhaus Tavern in Centerville, Ohio. After many successful years of operation, Tasca Inc. purchased the old TW’s building in historic downtown Miamisburg and opened The Chimneys Inn Catering and Banquet Facility. After successfully operating The Chimneys for nearly 8 years, Matthew decided to “go it alone” and open his dream business ScratchFood. After relocating in Centerville, Matthew has decided to pull out all the stops, and create the ultimate creative food endeavor.

Meals from Scratch, a division of ScratchFood, was formed in 2011, focusing on creating convenient, nutrient-dense prepared meals for overly burdened clients (busy schedules and assisted living) as well as healthy lifestyle and disease management (Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer).

In 2012, Meals from Scratch began a partnership with a local charity, the Pink Ribbon Girls, a local non-profit organization providing direct support services to individuals and families affected by breast cancer. The company provides nearly 800 meals a week to patients throughout the Dayton-Cincinnati area.

Hayden, a local Chef with more than 15 years of food service experience in the Miami Valley, lost his own mother to cancer in 2006. His decision to launch Meals From Scratch was due in large part to his desire to ease the pain and stress of other cancer victims by offering Chef-Prepared, nutrient-dense meals - something his mother didn’t have access to. By his own admission, his relationship with the Pink Ribbon Girls is the most fulfilling part of his business and he is inspired on a daily basis by the courage of these individuals facing a harrowing journey.

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