The Dayton Playhouse has been a part of the Dayton community since 1959. Originally it was known as the Dayton Community Theatre, and provided entertainment for the students of Longfellow School. In 1962 it became the Dayton Playhouse Youtheatre, which provided educational and performance opportunities to Dayton area children and teens. In 1966 the Dayton Repertory theatre was formed and produced theatrical works for a more broad-based audience. Eventually, the two groups merged and became known as The Dayton Playhouse. Today, the Dayton Playhouse works to provide its actors and technicians with an avenue to explore and improve their theatrical talents while providing its audiences with strong entertainment. The Playhouse also hosts an annual festival known as Future Fest – a playwriting festival which has helped launch the careers of more than 80 playwrights.