Encore Theater Comany was founded in 1999 by David Brush and Jim Farley in an effort to provide a venue for the workshop, production, and development of new American musical theater. ETC’s inaugural work was also its creators first – Summer Of My German Soldier: A New Musical. In 10 years, ETC has been honored with numerous local awards as well as having earned a place as a finalist in both the Chicago STAGES Festival of New Works & The American Harmony Prize. ETC’s mission is to two-fold: to provide a haven for local artists to safely hone their new material in a professional atmosphere AND to produce new and rarely produced work for our patrons. In 2009, ETC is branching out into two series of shows, with the goal of helping composing teams to further develop their work here in Dayton. The FIREFLY Rooftop Series of New Musicals will present works on the roof of the Firefly Building in the Webster Station District. The LITEHOUSE New Musicals Roundtable Series are closed session readings of brand new works, with the goal of providing feedback to composing teams for future development. Once again, Dayton is a home of innovation.