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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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Call for Plays: Festival@First 10: Heroes & Villains

Festival@First: Heroes & Villains logo

Theatre@First seeks scripts for an evening of short plays to be performed in Somerville over two weekends in mid-August 2018. Our reading committee will be looking for quality plays by new or established playwrights that will draw the broadest possible audience while creating a vibrant evening of theatre. Please see our Festival@First page for more information!

Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 2018




Call for Directors: Bare Bones

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First

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.

Deadline for Submissions: March 18, 2018





Current Show


On a remote, secure island, Rossum's Universal Robots churns out a cheap, disposable workforce. Rossum's robots are strong, intelligent, and versatile, and more definitely not human. What could go wrong?

Performances: March 15–24, 2018






A Midsummer Night's Dream logo

A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare's "sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll" play. Two young couples run away into the woods of Athens and encounter the fairy kingdom. Wacky, magical, mischief and love triangles abound in this canonical work. Actors of color are especially encouraged to audition for this site-specific, outdoor production to take place in the days surrounding the 2018 summer solstice.

Auditions: March 20 & 21, 2018

Performances: June 14—July 1, 2018



FirstWorks: Haunted by Hypatia

FirstWorks: Haunted by Hypatia

Catherine, a recently divorced astronomy professor, is slowly driven mad by the appearance of the ancient female scientist, Hypatia, who was murdered by a mob for her radical, progressive assertions of the heavens.

There will be a talkback session immediately following the show.

Performance: Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 8pm


Recent Press

Theatre@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.