Playhouse 22 is an all-volunteer run community theater located in Central Jersey. Founded as the East Brunswick Community Players more than 60 years ago, the Players were theater "nomads" traveling throughout the region putting on shows wherever space was available.
Twenty-two years after its founding, the Players, through a partnership with the Township of East Brunswick, moved into its first home -- "Playhouse 22". The original Playhouse 22 was a mix of a nearly century old schoolhouse, a retired public works garage and trailer which served as its home until 2005.
In the early 2000's, the Playhouse 22 board was approached by the Township once again with the opportunity to vacate the theater in hopes of moving into a new state of the art Community Arts Center being designed down the street. After a series of meetings and discussions, it was decided that the troupe was moving.
After a longer-than-expected wait, the Players moved into the Arts Center in the fall of 2009 with "Neil Simon's The Odd Couple: Female Version" opened in September 2009. Since 2009, Playhouse 22 has grown into a home for all types of theatrical arts ranging from our mainstage musical like Into the Woods, The Producers, 1776, to plays such as Death of a Salesman, Noises Off, and Rumors. Playhouse 22 has also staged an original production of A Christmas Carol since 1994.
In addition, Playhouse 22 presents a series of special events throughout the year, include our widely acclaimed "Third Thursday Play Reading" series with allows local playwrights to present their works in front a live audience -- often for the first time. Other special events include live music concerts, our popular two day Theater Festivals, and events for children.
For children, Playhouse 22's Summer Theater Experience is an unique opportunity for children from 7 - 13 to learn the world of theater from performing to dancing to designing lights and set pieces. And in addition, Playhouse 22 partners with Creative Communicators, a local organization that provides theater classes for children with special needs.
Playhouse 22's First Home (Circa 1982)
Playhouse 22 has been long recognized by the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters for excellence in community theater. In 2000, the theater was recognized as "Community Theater of the Year" by them, in addition, Playhouse 22 has received many, many awards and nominations in different areas from on-stage performances to excellence in technical design. Playhouse 22's production of 1776 was awarded "Best Musical of the Year" in 2016.
In 2018, in concert with the Township of East Brunswick, the theater at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center was renamed the "Elliott Taubenslag Theater" in memory of troupe's founding father.
And all of this is done with volunteers.
A recent play reading in our studio theater
Our Mission Statement
To encourage and nurture participation in the theater arts, promote the educational and communal values of live theater and provide a cultural haven in the community for all the performing arts.
How can YOU help?
Playhouse 22 is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization run by volunteers and survives on the voluntary service and contributions of its friends and supporters. If you can help. please fill out the form below:
Where Are We?
We are conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at
721 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.
Minutes from Monroe, Edison
and all points in Central Jersey.