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Mission & Vision

Our VISION is to be a leading artistic and economic driver for Dayton and the Miami Valley Region. Our MISSION is to enrich lives in our community with quality entertainment, education and artistic engagement.

Victoria Theatre Association (VTA), located in the heart of downtown Dayton, is one of city’s premier not-for-profit arts organizations. We present more than 300 performances for all ages and interests each year, including touring Broadway, comedians, concerts, films, and family shows. We operate and maintain the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theatre, and Metropolitan Arts Center (home of The Loft Theatre)  for the benefit of the community and the arts organizations that use them. We also own and operate Citilites at the Schuster and The Arts Garage.

In addition to the Premier Health Broadway Series, Victoria Theatre Association also presents the Morris Furniture Co. Family SeriesProjects Unlimited Star AttractionsUniversal 1 Credit Union VIC150 Music SeriesNational Geographic Live Series sponsored by Subaru of America and Wagner Subaru; Citilites Unwind SeriesCool Films SeriesImPACt; and the Discovery Series, which features curriculum-enhanced live theatre productions for school children.

  • Nearly half a million people attended performances and events last year in our facilities.
  • We have an economic impact on the region of more than $23 million.
  • VTA’s facilities and programs are undeniably recognized in recruiting businesses and top-level talent to the Dayton region.
  • More than 81,000 children and adults attended Education & Engagement programs last year.
  • More than 26,000 students from 14 counties and 44 school districts experienced live theatre through VTA programs.

Victoria Theatre Association/Arts Center Foundation also owns and operates some of Dayton’s most impressive performance venues, including the historic Victoria Theatre, the state-of-the-art Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, which is home to The Loft Theatre. In addition, we operate Citilites at the Schuster Center and The Arts Garage. You can help us secure the vitality and sustainability of these buildings through The Next Stage Campaign.

Incorporated in 1976 as Victory Theatre Association, the organization played a crucial role in saving the Victoria Theatre (then the Victory Theatre) from demolition. The organization purchased the Victory Theatre in 1978 and restored its gilded Victorian beauty. In 1988, the Arts Center Foundation acquired the Victory Theatre from Victory Theatre Association and completed a $17.5 million renovation project. Following the renovation, it was rechristened the Victoria Theatre and Victory Theatre Association became Victoria Theatre Association.