Local events to partner with Dayton’s Zoot Theatre


WAYNESVILLE — Attendees of this year’s Ohio Renaissance Festival and Brimstone Haunt -Brimstone Haunted Hayride & Forgotten Forest will see new creations by Dayton based Zoot Theatre Company (ZTC). The two Warren County attractions will partner with the theatrical design company who specializes in puppets and masks but will also merge production and programming expertise into both attractions.

Jake Lockwood of Beavercreek and Tristan Cupp of Dayton collaborated with the management team of the Ohio Renaissance Festival and Brimstone Haunt.

Lockwood, having an extensive background in scripting, attraction development and directing is a Dayton native who returned to the area a few years ago and immersed himself into the local theatre scene. Lockwood also returned to his alma mater as an adjunct professor at Wright State University.

Cupp, also a Dayton native, founded the ZTC in 2006 and has spent many hours working with the local theatre scene as a carpenter, scene designer, and prop builder. Cupp has also spearheaded the efforts to take the ZTC on the road to local and regional venues promoting “Art is Primary”. In addition, Cupp has added his skills to local events bringing scenes to life for thousands.

The Renaissance Park Event Center is located in Waynesville. The park features a handful of other events and attractions, hosting nearly quarter-million visitors annually. For more information visit www.renparkusa.com or contact Brimstone & Fire, LLC at 513-897-7000.

Zoot Theatre Company is a forward theatrical design company, specializing in puppets and masks. Since its founding, Zoot has prided itself on its ability to blend the visual and performing arts, using the stage as its gallery. Zoot tours to local and regional venues and continues to enjoy partnerships with local high schools, colleges, and arts and cultural organizations. For more information visit www.zoottheatrecompany.org/.