The Playhouse

What is the Playhouse?

The Playhouse is a grassroots community space in Knoxville. It is a space for play: Theatre, arts, crafts, games, dance, circus, improv, and playing with ideas. All events are free.

The Playhouse is a venue for small, countercultural gatherings and communities. It focuses on activism, the arts, and queer community. Other values include physical health, mental health, educational flourishing. 

Most events decentre alcohol and drugs. Alcohol is provided, but largely ignored.


Scruffy City Salon

The signature event is the Scruffy City Salon, a monthly countercultural gathering. Every salon explores a different theme. 

Acro Jams

The Playhouse is the Winter Space for Knoxville Acro Jams

All welcome.
No partner needed.
Free instruction.

Handstands, Rehearsals, and Dance

The venue hosts a handstand club and various rehearsals and dances. There is a dance studio, with large mirrors on each wall. 

This space can be used, free-of-charge, for community art or health initiatives. 

Saph Nights

A series of gatherings for queer women and non-binary people.

Knoxville has very few sapphic spaces, and most queer spaces center on alcohol and late night clubbing. Saph Nights offer an alternative. 

Saph nights usually involve an optional group art project, or similar arts activity. 

 Other Community Uses

Craft nights, massage nights, co-works, activist meetings, rehearsal space, consciousness raising groups, small theatre shows, aerial apparatus shows, big group art projects, and orgasm education through the Orgasm Advice Circle. 

Other Uses

Regular events
Health: Acro jams, massage nights, and a handstand club.
Community: Craft nights, co-works
Saph nights: 

Woman's Discussion Group

Therapeutic Stretching

Philosophy Research Group