The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center

A home for The Human Race’s education programs, new works and technical arts

Through the generous leadership of Caryl Philips and the Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation, together with many other donors, The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center of The Human Race became a reality in January 2006. During a 2015 renovation, a new lighting system and seating for 54 people in a 3/4 thrust-style layout were installed. This facility and its programming inspires that “spark of creativity” in all of us – children, teens and adults.

“As one of the three founders of The Human Race,” stated Caryl Philips, “I have been proud to watch the progress the company has made since 1986. I am so pleased to be able to help The Human Race further their goals.”

Center Location and Rental Information

The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center is located at 116 North Jefferson Street in downtown Dayton, between First Street and Second Street.

The Philips Creativity Center is available for rental for meetings, performances, classes and special events.

Center Features

  • 18’ x 18’ main performance space with Marley rubberized flooring, with curtained backdrop to provide backstage space
  • Theatre seating for 54
  • Office and storage space
  • Rest rooms
  • Patron and freight elevators
  • Theatrical lighting and sound (fees may apply)
  • Prop and costume rental discounts

Rental Fees

  • Mondays – Thursdays daytime (up to 2 hours): $75
  • Mondays – Thursdays daytime (2 – 8 hours): $150
  • Mondays – Thursdays after 5:00 p.m.: $175
  • Fridays – Sundays: $150
  • Performance Days and Nights: $175
    Not-for-profit rates available upon request.

Please note: Damages to the property will result in an additional fee left to the discretion of The Human Race Theatre Company upon assessment of damages.

If you are interested in renting more information and to check space availability, please call us at 937-461-3823.

Race to the Future Donors The Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation

We are grateful to all who contributed to the “Race to the Future” fund for the capital improvements and endowment of The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center.

  • Helen and Charles Abramovitz
  • Arts Center Foundation
  • JoAnn and Dick Beckmann
  • Berry Family Foundation
  • Catharine French Bieser Fund
  • Catharine Bieser Black
  • Karen and Larry Callahan
  • Cal’s A/C & Heating, Inc
  • Bruce C. Carver
  • Children’s Medical Center
  • Jane Collins
  • Robert and Leesa Comparin
  • Lissa Cupp
  • DP&L Company Foundation
  • Emerson Climate Technologies
  • Larry S. Glickler and Charles L. Quinn
  • Jim and Enid Goubeaux
  • David C. Greer
  • Max and Darlene Gutmann
  • Marsha Hanna
  • Hauer Music
  • Sheila Hodge
  • Peter and Carolyn Horan
  • Macy Janney
  • Ann and Eli Karter
  • Sonnie and Bill Kasch
  • Ron and Jane Katsuyama
  • The Kettering Fund
  • The Mary H. Kittredge Fund of The Dayton Foundation
  • Marilyn and Larry Klaben
  • BJ and Stephen Krivian
  • Mark and Joni Light
  • Tim Lile
  • John and Linda Lombard
  • Roselyn Lovett
  • Steve and Lou Mason
  • Sandy McConnel
  • Judy and Bill McCormick
  • Sue and Edd McGatha
  • Barbara Meece
  • Thom and Penni Meyer
  • Martha Moody Jacobs
  • Kevin Moore
  • Morris Home Furnishings
  • Irvin Moscowitz, 711 Realty
  • Marcia and Mike Muller
  • David and Lisa Pierce
  • Marsha Pippenger
  • Carol and Duncan Powell
  • Dr. Mary Pryor
  • Mrs. Barbara N. O’Hara
  • Sheila Ramsey
  • Jan Rudd-Goenner
  • Beth and Alan Schaeffer
  • Tim and Charlyn Scroggins
  • Jene Shaw
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Steven Sidlo and Cynthia Radcliff Sidlo
  • Carol Siyahi Hicks
  • Solar Shade Window Tinting
  • Jacque and Brad Tillson
  • John and Mary Tuss
  • Bob and Lucy Wallace
  • Paul and Susanne Weaver
  • Betsy and Leon Whitney
  • Sara G. Wieland
  • Sharon Peake Williamson
  • Mrs. Jean V. Woodhull