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Spotlight on WCT's Collaboration with Perkins School for the Blind and Roxbury Repertory Theatre: The Miracle Worker
Watertown Children's Theatre was founded in 1983 by Artistic Director, Dinah Lane, and in its nearly 30 years of service to the town of Watertown and surrounding communities, this award-winning program has enriched the lives of thousands of children and their families.
Watertown Children’s Theatre played a seminal role in the vision of the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, and in September 2005 WCT became the resident children's theatre of the ACA. WCT offers year-round performance opportunities, internships and classes, including many grant-supported free programs, for children in kindergarten through high school and performs its main stage productions in the beautiful Mosesian Theatre.
The Watertown Children’s Theatre continues to provide a cultural and educational resource for children of all ages. 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 continues to ensure its place as a highly valued member of this flourishing artistic community.
Dinah Lane—Artistic DirectorAs the Artistic Director for Watertown Children's Theatre since its inception in 1983, Dinah has taught countless classes and workshops and, until recently, directed most of the company's musical productions. She has been an artist-in residence in a number of Watertown Public Schools and has received awards both from Continental Cablevision for “Best Regional Programming for Children and Teens” and from the WBCC for “Outstanding Dedication and Service to Youth”. Last year she was awarded an “Honorable Heroes of Humanity” citation from the Art of Living Foundation in Boston, for her work in starting the WCT.
Before founding WCT, she performed professionally in Boston, New York, and in summer repertory theatres in Vermont, New Hampshire, Cape Cod and the Berkshires, as well as touring as an actress, director, and teacher throughout the Northeast, bringing classical and contemporary plays and theatre workshops to thousands of people of all ages through state Arts Council grants. She holds an MA in psychology, and in addition to her work with WCT, is a practicing family therapist.
Kelly MacIsaac—Producing Director of Programming
Originally from Canada, Kelly holds bachelor degrees in Drama in Education and Community (University of Windsor) and Theatre Education (Queen’s University). As Producing Director of Programming at Watertown Children's Theatre, Kelly shares both her passion for theatre education and her administrative abilities with the talented staff and dedicated volunteers of the WCT community. Before joining the WCT staff, Kelly worked at Round House Theatre just outside Washington, D.C, Maryland, both as a teaching artist and as an administrator in the theatre’s Education and Outreach department. During her time in D.C She also worked with a variety of other arts organizations, some of the most memorable being The Folger Shakespeare Library, Contradiction Dance, and dog and pony dc. She and the WCT community are delighted to be a part of CBACT!