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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An Update on Our Summer Programming

ACT has been closely monitoring developments around COVID-19, including the most recent details of Governor Baker’s reopening plan. After carefully reviewing these state guidelines, we have determined that our operations would fall under Phase 3 of reopening. Given the timeline this means for us, the complex (though perfectly reasonable) new standards for operation, and in light of our performance venue’s decision to forgo their summer programming, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our summer main stage productions of Frozen Jr. and Newsies and to move our Summer Day Program to a new, virtual format, which will include programming for our teens.

Our utmost priority is the safety of those we engage with – from our young people and staff, to those we share building space with for rehearsals and performances, to our audience members. The volatile nature of this pandemic and the tough realities this has meant for our institution has put us face-to-face with the heartbreaking truth that we would not be able to deliver this programming in a way that is safe for all involved and so, for now, we must nobly dim our lights.

Exciting Plans!

In spite of all this, and in an effort to serve as many young people as possible this summer, I am excited to share that our Summer Day Program will move online for virtual instruction and will now expand with new programs to include our teens! The response we have had to our recent online workshops has been incredible, and feedback has been pouring in from parents, families, and ACTors themselves sharing how successful and effective this programming has been for them! With this in mind, we have developed an online model for our Summer Day Program that promises to be exciting, active, and engaging.

The Road Ahead

Speaking on behalf of myself, the Board of Directors, and the guest artists we employ, I cannot overstate the immense gratitude we have for your support through this time. Your generosity and kindness has allowed us to keep our doors open thus far.

That said, I also cannot overstate the truly dire straits we continue to navigate due to this vicious virus. If you have the means, please consider pitching in even $5 to help us weather this storm. Donating is easy – just visit gf.me/u/xqy2gp to help get us through.

There Will Be Light!

Please stay well. And stay hopeful. This time has been filled with so much heartache, and we know that these changes to our programming may be disappointing – they are for us too! Amidst all this uncertainty, by moving to an online model for the summer we will be able to guarantee that our programming will run. And this promise to you, our young people especially, will hopefully bring with it a sense of joy and anticipation. I have personally witnessed, through your support and encouragement, the tenacity and resolve of the human spirit to adapt and survive even the toughest of times. There will be light!

Anthony Bruno

Interim Artistic Director

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Current and Upcoming Shows

The 2020-2021 season will be announced soon! In the meantime, check out our Virtual Summer Conservatory.

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: info@act.arlington.ma.us, (781) 316-8090

Interim Artistic Director: Anthony Bruno

ACT Board: Ann Horgan, ACT President

Scholarships: ACT Treasurer

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