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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 ..."
Summer Season 2014
Aug 7–10 Into the Woods Jr. 7–12 May Regent
Assassins 13–18
Vacation Day Programs
Jul 21–Aug 29 Summer Day Program 6–11 All Saints Belmont
Fall Workshops
Oct 2–Dec 11 Making a Musical 6–11 ACT
Nov 8 Directing 12–18 ACT
Oct 18 An Actor Prepares; An Introduction to Slanislavski 12–18 ACT
Oct 4–Dec 13 Beginning Acting 9–10:30 6–11 ACT
Oct 4–Dec 13 Beginning Acting 10:30–12 6–11 ACT
Oct 25 Shakespeare and the Modern World 12–18 ACT

Stephanie Martin Scholarship

Seniors! Apply for the Stephanie Martin Scholarship

Named in honor of late board member Stephanie Martin, Arlington Children's Theatre will give up to three scholarships of $500 to the graduating seniors who best embody the spirit of ACT. Applications are due July 27. We will announce the awardees at the conclusion of the final performance of "Assassins." Send your completed application to Colleen Rua.

Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to last year's Stephanie Martin Scholarship Winners!

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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.

April FUNdraisers a Success!

We devoted the month of April to fundraising through three major events: A Trivia Night, a board-sponsored Pledge Drive and a partnership with Not Your Average Joe's restaurant. We asked for your help and you came through. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from members of the ACT community and their family and friends who participated. We received donations from parents, ACTors, former board members, alumni, and community members. We received donations in the amount of $5, $10, $25 up to $250, 118 donations in all and every dollar helps keep our fees down without cutting corners on a high-quality theatre experience for local kids. You have sent a loud and clear message: ACT matters to your family and we are grateful you are part of our family!

We have met our fundraising goal for 2014, but we still need your help volunteering and getting the word out about our shows so please stay involved.

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.

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Last updated: Wed Jul 23 2014 21:00 EDT