The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is a nonprofit organization that serves to develop and stage professional and community-based theatrical productions and to provide opportunities in theatre and the performing arts for the community.
We aim to provide a fun and challenging theatrical environment for all Lakes Region locals and visitors in both performance-based and educational arenas. Whether your interest is to be onstage, behind-the-scenes, or in the audience, The Winni Playhouse has something for you!
Where we Started
The Playhouse was founded in 2004 by siblings Lesley Pankhurst and Bryan Halperin and their spouses Neil and Johanna with the vision of bringing quality arts and arts education to The Lakes Region. The theatre has become a cultural gem in the area winning both critical acclaim and becoming an important outlet for the performing arts in central New Hampshire.
Where we are going
Through December 2012, we performed in an intimate Off-Broadway style theatre in a renovated store front. With 84 seats, the performance space was praised by patrons for making them feel a part of the play. Increasingly, the demand for tickets is beyond the physical capacity of the space. The Board of Trustees has embarked upon a three-phase capital campaign to move the theatre to Meredith where there are plans to create a state-of-the-art theatre campus. For more information on the capital campaign and our plans for the future visit THE PLAYHOUSE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN page