Ballhaus Ost in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin is a venue for independent theatre, performance and dance. Housed in the former celebration hall and assembly rooms of the free religious communities of Berlin, Ballhaus Ost is the home for established independent groups and artists (such as the foam puppet theatre 'Das Helmi' or the choreographer Christoph Winkler) as well as offering the opportunity for lesser known figures from Berlin's vibrant independent theatre scene to present their work. As an experimental platform for the most diverse forms of contemporary theatre, Ballhaus Ost is the place to discover and experience new forms of artistic examination of contemporary living conditions.
Before its reopening as a venue, the ballroom was used during the GDR as a "Worker's Casino" and after the fall of the Berlin Wall as a billiard hall and club. Ballhaus Ost was founded in 2006 by the directors Uwe Moritz Eichler, Philipp Reuter and the actor Anne Tismer. Since 2011 it has been run by Daniel Schrader and Tina Pfurr.