Founded in 1919, the Players' Guild of Leonia is New Jersey's oldest continuing community theater. The Guild, a not-for-profit corporation, currently presents four major productions (comedy, drama, or musical) each season, including children's theater, & monthly workshop training programs for members. Special events throughout the season may include seminars, historical presentations, readings of original works, improvisations and new-script tryouts.
Way back when, the founding members met, rehearsed, and performed wherever they 'found' space, such as living rooms, basements and storefronts. Scenery, props and costumes were kept in attics and garages. Then, for many years, home was the rear basement and auditorium of All Saints' Episcopal Church on Park Avenue, until the space was needed to expand their day care program. 'On the road again,' the members went back to attics, garages, basements, living rooms, school auditoriums, with an old printing shop for headquarters.
With proximity to New York (a 20 minute bus ride to our door) and easy access from routes 4, 80 or 46, we attract a high caliber of actors and crew, allowing us to continue providing a variety of theater experiences at a professional level. Our membership is a diverse mixture of amateurs and professionals, 3rd generation and newcomers. The Guild aims for excellence, bringing together all the elements that result in consistently good, low-cost theater for the community and the southeast Bergen County area.