The Charlestown Working Theater was founded on the idea that a theater and a community can engage in a dialogue which results in creative, artistic expression, an exchange of ideas, and a deeper understanding of the people who make up the community. CWT has maintained this philosophy throughout its history and has remained dedicated to serving the cultural needs of Charlestown and greater Boston.
We develop dynamic original performances; we produce the work of theater artists and companies, with a strong emphasis on developing new works; we offer affordable rehearsal and performance space to area theater companies; we produce popular community and youth productions; we offer quality theater, art, and music classes for children, largely free of charge; we make our space available to Charlestown organizations to use for meetings and events; we maintain a schedule of Special Events aimed at area families, and we offer free tickets to plays and events to local social service organizations.
In remaining dedicated to offering a variety of theatrical and cultural events, forming creative partnerships, and maintaining an open exchange with its community, CWT has developed a unique synthesis of artistic exploration.
At the Charlestown Working Theater, we believe strongly in the empowering quality of the arts. It is an essential part of our artistic mandate to offer free quality arts programming to the youth of Charlestown. The CWT’s Arts Programming for Children and Youth fulfills many of the theater’s goals by bringing the community together in a creative enterprise. These experiences empower the participants in selecting positive lifestyle choices. By offering quality arts programming free of charge, we provide the opportunity for children and youth from differing backgrounds to come together in a nurturing and productive environment where creativity, mutuality, and responsibility are valued and encouraged.