1972

The Potluck Players produce first show I Do, I Do.

1973

Arlington Community Theatre (ACT) is established and the first Board of Directors is formed.ACT is a gypsy troupe rehearsing and staging shows at various locations including Arlington Community Center and Forum 303 Mall until 1981.

1981

A 1952 vintage church on Division is purchased and renovated.

1982

The name is changed to Theatre Arlington. In partnership with the YMCA of Arlington, Taste of Arlington was created to support youth programs at both entities.

1984

The Theatre Arlington Guild is formed.

1989

The Board of Directors creates a long-range plan to bring productions to a broader audience.

1991

Theatre Arlington moves to its Main Street location (the old Kier Lumberyard), in Downtown. After renovations were completed, TA opened as a cabaret-style theater on New Year’s Eve with a production of Pump Boys and Dinettes.

1994

Theatre Arlington represents Texas at the regional American Association of Community Theatres Play Festival. Opening of Allan Saxe Mainstage Theatre which boasted new proscenium. Renovations also included ticket booth, lobby, dressing rooms and more.

1995

Theatre Arlington's Theatre Machine begins with year-round classes for kids and adults.

1996

ACTUPS (Applied Creative Thinking Using Performance Skills) was formed in partnership with AISD as our education/outreach program for at-risk 5th grade students. Camp Be a Star, our camp for homeless and transitional housing children, is formed in conjunction with AISD.

1999

Theatre Arlington wins the Best of Tarrant Award for the musical production of 1776 and the award for Best Theater Company.

2000

Theatre Arlington’s SRO (Standing Room Only) youth touring company and TAG Players senior reader’s theater touring company are born. The Gene and Penny Patrick Education/Administration Building was established across the street from the theater enabling expansion of theater education.

2001

The Secret Garden wins a Best of Tarrant Award and is recognized by the Star-Telegram as one of the top five theatre productions in the Metroplex for 2001.

2004

Interior of theater was remodeled including installation of new seats.

2005

The ACT-UPS Educational Outreach program is nominated for a Star-Telegram STARS Award.

2006

BJ Cleveland and Ana Pettit are recognized for their contributions to theater in North Texas by the Live Theater League of Tarrant County.

2007

New digital marquee installed. Held 25th Annual Taste of Arlington fundraiser with the YMCA of Arlington.

2007

Celebrated 35th Anniversary Season.

2011

Exterior of theater building and education building received new paint job.