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Boston Phoenix Best of Boston 2010      Theatre@First is an all-volunteer community theatre based in Somerville, MA. Founded in 2003, we fill a vital niche in the vibrant Davis Square arts scene. We draw upon the talents and support of individuals and organizations throughout the community to provide opportunities for our participants and audiences to experience quality live theatre in a variety of local venues. For more about our recent history, see our In the Press page.
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Current Show

The Knight of the Burning Pestle

Theater@First is proud to present Francis Beaumont's comedy The Knight of the Burning Pestle. This almost forgotten Elizabethan gem combines the best of Shakespearean-style farce with a modern, meta flavor. Recently performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London!

Performances: April 23–May 2





Auditions: Festival@First 8

Festival@First 8: Fractured Fairy Tales

Our summer one-acts return with Festival@First 8: Fractured Fairy Tales! We've received scores of short works to choose from and our team is combing through them for just the right mix of magic and mayhem to surprise and delight. Join our mailing list to keep up with the latest developments and receive more information about auditions and performances.

Auditions: May 12–13

Performances: July 31–August 8



Auditions: Bare Bones 17

Bare Bones 17

Theatre@First is currently accepting applications from directors interested in doing a staged reading at Theatre@First. For more information, please visit the Bare Bones page.

Auditions: May 12 – sign-ups coming soon!

Performance: June 18, 2015




Recent Press

Somerville, MA condos for saleTheatre@First was recently featured on, a top site for Somerville, MA real estate. Read more at "All-Volunteer Theatre Enriches Somerville Arts Scene."


Theatre@First Merchandise

Love our shows? Want to take the memories home? You can visit the merchandise table at every Theatre@First show for a selection of T-shirts, copies of the Never After video and other fun favors. You can also purchase the custom script for the 2010 revival of The Margaret Ghost online at


Our Mission

The mission of Theatre@First is to work together to provide a fun, friendly, and creative theater experience for cast, crew, and audience alike. We welcome volunteers at all levels of experience, without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, body type, age or disability. We encourage a supportive environment in which to work, play, grow, and explore new areas of the theatre arts. We offer affordable and eclectic performances to the community, aiming to surprise, delight, entertain, and educate our audiences.

Theatre@First is part of the Massachusetts Community Theatre Corporation, a non-profit arts organization recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)3.

Please visit our Subscription/Contribution page for more information about donating to Theatre@First. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Thank you.