Together, we can create theatre that inspires!

Arlington Children’s Theatre is dedicated to creating quality theatrical events, workshops, and experiences that educate, inspire, and enrich the lives of children ages 7-18, their families, and the community. We produce a variety of plays and musicals each season and offer exciting workshops and vacation day programs that center on the educational process and the theatrical and interpersonal development of each individual participant.

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A Note About the Cancellation of Seussical

Arlington Children’s Theater’s winter musicals are the biggest shows of our annual season.  The decision to close our production was the right choice given the health risks of this novel coronavirus and the contagion factor in group gatherings.  There is, unfortunately, a cost to the bottom line of the organization.  As a not-for-profit organization, we depend on show revenues, in particular revenue generated by our winter musical, to support theater programming for young people throughout the year.  In addition to the need to cover our expenses for this production, we estimate that the show closure has resulted in a $20,000 loss in expected funding. 

At this time, we are asking you to please consider making a donation to Arlington Children’s Theatre in order to ensure that our organization remains viable.  A small donation, such as the price of a show ticket, or a larger donation from those who have the means to do so, would be greatly appreciated.  Together we can insure that Arlington Children’s Theatre is able to achieve its mission to provide exceptional youth theater programming for years to come.

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ACT’s Mission Statement:

  • ACT embraces by opening its doors to all who wish to participate regardless of background, experience, or acting, dancing or singing ability.

  • ACT enriches by providing a safe, welcoming space where children can be exposed to new experiences, different points of view, and challenged beyond their current selves.

  • ACT educates formally through its workshops, programs and high-quality productions led by staff with years of experience and dedication to theatre. ACT also educates informally by helping give children the freedom to express themselves, and develop the communication, teamwork, and conflict resolution skills necessary to see a complex production with many personalities come to life.

  • ACT entertains by creating excellent, professional-looking and -sounding productions that everyone can enjoy and be proud of: the ACTors, their parents, the artistic staff, and the local community.

  • ACT encourages by supporting everyone in the ACT community and teaching them to be resilient, humble, and to persevere.

About Us

ACT Co-Founder and long-time Board Member Deb Butler used to call ACT the “soccer team for kids who don’t play soccer.” That spirit of teamwork has always been at the very center of ACT. It is also that sense of ACT being a refuge and a community that continues to this day, even for soccer players.

ACT began as a place where parents and other adults volunteered to help children create live theater. The organization has used a variety of spaces in Arlington over the years—the First Baptist Church, the Regent Theater, the Masonic Temple, Town Hall, the Church of Our Savior, and Rocky DiRicco’s Karate Studio—finally settling into a home-base in 2008 at Arlington Center for the Arts. In 2016, ACT moved to Trinity Baptist Church, while continuing to use spaces like the Masonic Temple and Lexington Christian Academy.

Through the years, ACT has evolved from doing one show a year in 2001 to 7 to 8 shows a year, plus vacation camps, a fully-enrolled summer day program, and multiple workshops. ACT was a parent-driven volunteer organization from its inception until ACT hired former ACTor Colleen Rua as its first Artistic Director in 2006, followed by Matt Lundeen in 2012, and Joe Walsh in 2018.

Ann Horgan, President

Tara Smith, Treasurer

Maya Bazar, Secretary

Chris Felknor

Kelly Flaherty

Marion Goodwin

Nancy Morrison

Arlington Children’s Theatre
115 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474

General Inquiries, Lost & Found:, (781) 316-8090

Interim Artistic Director: Anthony Bruno

ACT Board: Ann Horgan, ACT President

Scholarships: ACT Treasurer

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