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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 2014-2015 Season
Dates Show Ages Registration Venue
Dec 12–14 Being Borrowed 13–18 Oct 4–Oct 18 ACA
Jan 2–3 6th Annual Alumni Show 12th and up Nov 1–14 ACA
Mar 12–15 Hairspray 7–18 Nov 24–Dec 8 Regent

Stephanie Martin Scholarship

Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to this year's Stephanie Martin Scholarship Winners!

ACT is a proud member of:

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.

Save the Dates!

Jan 2: ACT New Year's Reception

Our second annual New Year's Reception will be held on Jan. 2, just before our first of two Alumni Shows. The Alumni Shows feature performances from our HS Seniors and recent alumni and raise money for ACT's Stephanie Martin Scholarship. Last year, we kicked off the event with some refreshments and good cheer. It gave us a chance to thank all of the hard-working parents and volunteers who make the magic come to life on stage all year round. The board all agreed this was an event we wanted to do again. We'll send out details as the date gets closer, but wanted to put it on everyone's radar.

Apr 10: Trivia Night 2015

at the Sons of Italy Hall in Arlington. Back by popular demand, this fun fundraiser will feature trivia contests and a silent auction. Information will follow about purchasing tickets. Gather together your dream team now!

Seeking a Treasurer

ACT is seeking a volunteer who is interested in joining the Executive Board as Treasurer. Responsibilities include: preparing budgets for each of the ACT productions and the annual budget; ensuring that all productions, workshops and camps have the cash they need during performances; coordinating bank deposits to ensure that they are done accurately and on time; preparing financial reports for board meetings; preparation of materials for annual taxes; coordinating insurance renewals; overseeing part time finance staff; overseeing scholarships; working with the rest of the board on ACT strategy from a financial perspective; scheduling and leading quarterly finance committee meetings.

If you are interested in finding out more about this position, or would like to be considered for the position, please contact me at: or Elizabeth Cutler, ACT Treasurer at:

The Treasurer will work with the support of a part-time book-keeper and an Assistant Treasurer. The current treasurer, Elizabeth Cutler, will remain on the Board and will be happy to assist with the transition. Please consider joining the leadership team at ACT if you feel you can contribute in this way.

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: Sat Dec 13 2014 11:25 EST