Watertown Children’s Theatre was founded in 1983 by Artistic Director Dinah Lane, initially as a program of an existing organization known as the Watertown Center for the Arts. The WCA was formed for the purpose of obtaining a building to create an arts center on the property known as the Arsenal Mall.
Although the creation of an arts center was not successful at that time, Watertown Children’s Theatre flourished as an entity in its own right. Led by professional staff, supported by businesses and the public schools, as well as by scores of talented, dedicated parents and community members, the children’s theatre grew into the vital creative and educational organization is is today.
In its over 30 years of service to the town of Watertown and the surrounding communities, this award-winning program has enriched the lives of thousands of children and their families. Combining values of artistic excellence with inclusiveness, reflected in its affordable fee structure, its open audition policy and its involvement of entire families, WCT has continuously ensured its place as a highly valued member of this flourishing artistic community.
Since September 2005, WCT has been a resident partner at the Arsenal Center for the Arts where it offers year-round classes, rehearsals and workshops, collaborates with other arts organizations, and performs its musical productions in the beautiful Mosesian Theater.
In July 1, 2013, Watertown Children’s Theatre formally merged with The Arsenal Center for the Arts. The Arsenal Center preserved the Watertown Children’s Theatre name under its umbrella, and administrative functions were combined where possible. The Board of Directors of the Arsenal Center committed to continue providing strong programming for students and to broaden learning opportunities in the visual, literary and performing arts.
In November, 2016, to honor the remarkable generosity of our major donor family, the Board of Directors and Membership unanimously voted to officially rename the Center. We are thrilled to welcome you to The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts! In 2000, Watertown businessman and philanthropist Charles Mosesian stepped forward with a generosity of spirit and an acknowledgement of the importance of the arts, made a remarkable $1-million-dollar gift that helped launch the Center’s building campaign. It was this sentiment that inspired others to join in the effort that has created the wonderful community of arts and artists we’ve come to know as the Arsenal Center for the Arts. With the continued support from the Mosesian Family Foundation for more than a decade, the Center’s new name will honor this ongoing generosity in memoriam of the late Dorothy and Charles Mosesian. With great pride in what we have accomplished over the last ten years, we are invigorated by this opportunity to continue opening doors to excite and inspire diverse audiences and artists to create, appreciate, participate and grow through the arts.
The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.