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.


As of July 1, 2013, Watertown Children’s Theatre has formally merged with The Arsenal Center for the Arts. The Arsenal Center will preserve the Watertown Children’s Theatre name under its umbrella, and administrative functions will be combined where possible. The Board of Directors of the Arsenal Center is committed to continue providing strong programming for students and to broaden learning opportunities in the visual, literary and performing arts.

The Arsenal Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.