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The mission of Arlington Children's Theatre is to embrace, enrich, educate and entertain children and their families, within the Boston area, through its commitment to a unique, quality, theatre program.

Established in 1991, Arlington Children's Theatre of Arlington, Massachusetts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating positive theatrical experiences for children aged 7 through 18. ACT is an all-volunteer organization, made up of families who wish to have fun and work hard to bring theater to life. We hire theater professionals to teach our workshops and direct our shows. Each show relies on the participation of adult volunteers involved in every aspect of the production: lighting, costumes, make-up, set construction, set crew, etc.

Participation in an ACT production is open to any child, from any town, who is willing to work with the directors and fellow actors. No prior theatrical experience is required.

For announcements of shows, auditions, workshops and other activities of the ACT, please sign up for our e-mail mailing list.

ACT Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Contribute to ACT's Annual Fund!

“Near the end, you don't know
what's going to happen, ...
It's the thrill that gets you.”

"ACT is a great theatre company and everyone is so nice here... [It's] a great community of kids and parent volunteers ..."

Arlington Children's Theatre

Listed in 12 Great Children's Theaters Across the US by Backstage Magazine.
ACT's 2015-2016 Season
Dates Show Ages Registration Venue
Mar 17–20 Legally Blonde The Musical 7–18 Nov 24–Dec 8 Regent
May 13–15 Henry IV Part I 13–18 Feb Masonic
May 20–22 Little Women 7–12 Feb ACA
ACT's Summer Season 2016
Aug 4–7 Guys and Dolls JR 7–13 May Regent
Anything Goes 13–18
Vacation Day Programs
Date(s) Workshop Ages Venue
Feb 15–19 February Vacation Day Program 6–12 Masonic
Apr 18–22 April Vacation Day Program 6–12 Masonic
Jul 5–Aug 26 Summer Day Program 6–12 All Saints Belmont
Spring Workshops
Date(s) Workshop Ages Venue
Feb 6 Musical Theatre Audition Prep 7–18 ACA
Feb 27 Beginning Acting 7–12 ACA
Apr 2 Devised Theatre 12–18 ACA
Apr 9 Beginning Acting 7–12 ACA

Student Directors

Are you interested in directing, assistant directing or stage managing for a vacation camp production? Applications [doc] [pdf] are now being accepted for February and April and are due January 23rd.

Stephanie Martin Scholarship

Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to this year's Stephanie Martin Scholarship Winners!

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

Cartoon image of a dog in a trenchcoat holding a magnifying glass

Join us during February vacation for a high energy, animal filled play production. Sign up now!

Offstage Opportunities

ACT offers many opportunities for kids of all ages to participate in the creation of each show in addition to or in place of acting. It takes all kinds of talents to bring a successful production to the stage. Contact us at: to learn more about being a part of creating costumes, sets, props, run crew or ushering.

Advertising and Sponsorship

Advertising in an ACT program, or sponsorship of a show or season, is an effective way to promote your business to families within the Boston area. By purchasing an ad or sponsorship you are also making a valuable contribution to the local community and helping to provide an affordable, unique and high quality theatre program for children ages 7–18. Contact Elizabeth Cutler at: for more information or to confirm your ad or sponsorship.

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Last updated: Wed Jan 13 2016 19:30 EST