About Us

Our Mission

The Vineyard Playhouse on
Martha’s Vineyard is a professional,
non-profit working theater dedicated
to inspiring, enriching and entertaining
our diverse island community.

How We Carry Out Our Mission

The Playhouse operates year-round, presenting a wide selection of contemporary, classic and original plays; developing new work through staged readings, professional workshops and world premieres; producing an annual family holiday show; and many special events and productions on our intimate mainstage in our historic theater in downtown Vineyard Haven.

We also offer innovative educational programs for children and adults. Each summer outdoors in the Tisbury Amphitheater, we present vibrant Shakespeare and highly imaginative shows for children. We are dedicated to the collaboration among professional and community theater artists and look forward to many more years of contributing to and sharing in the rich cultural resources of our unique island.

MJ Bruder Munafo
Producer & Artistic Director

 

History of The Vineyard Playhouse

The historic Vineyard Playhouse was built in 1833 on pasture land donated by Captain William Daggett.  The building was originally constructed for $2,000 and was dedicated on July 11, 1833 as  a Methodist Meeting House and used as such until 1845.

The Town of Tisbury held town meetings here between the years of 1852-1854.  In 1855, the building was bought for use as a public meeting house and named Capawock Hall.  At this time, the structure was raised from one to two stories with a market on the first floor.  The first Episcopal church service on Martha’s Vineyard was held here on December 24, 1862.  The hall was utilized for weddings and community suppers.

In 1895, the Masons bought the Capawock Hall after losing their own building in Tisbury’s great fire of 1883.  The building was purchased for “a considerable sum”  and remodeled.  A quote at that time said, “The interior is finished throughout with southern yellow pine bead board and (it) is one of the best suburban lodges in the state.”

The building was ued as a Masonic Lodge until 1982, when Eileen Wilson and Isabella McKamy founded the theater and it became home to the Vineyard Playhouse Company Inc., a small professional non-profit theater.

The Company purchased its home in March of 1993.  Construction has begun and fundraising continues to completely renovate this historic building and grounds, so that The Vineyard Playhouse can continue its role as one of Tisbury’s cultural and architectural gems for future generations.

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