Theatre@First

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, see our Press page.

Updates on Theatre@First's response to the ongoing coronavirus situation can be found on our COVID-19 Updates page.

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What's On

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Next Show: A Staged Reading

FirstWorks: Changing Lanes

FirstWorks is our workshop program for developing new plays in collaboration with emerging playwrights. The 2020 selection is Changing Lanes by Maggie Kearnan and Taylor Buehler, directed by Elizabeth Ross.

Sam, a young drama teacher at a Catholic high school is grappling with student/teacher boundaries in his new position, when personal tragedy brings his world to a halt, and he turns to his students and mentors to reassess and recover.

Performance: Online reading on June 18, 2020 at 8pm. Make a reservation now to receive a link to the performance.

Call for Scripts

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First

Submissions are now open for this fall's Bare Bones production. Both new and experienced directors are encouraged to submit a script they love that doesn't fit our mainstage production requirements. The productions are low-key--the staged readings are anything but!

Submission deadline: June 15, 2020

Performance: Friday, September 18, 2020

Monthly Monologue Contest

June 2020 - Villain Speeches

A brand new way to participate in theater from home! Through this monthly contest, we encourage actors to film and share a monologue. Anyone can view, enjoy, and vote for their favorite submissions. Each month, a new event will be created via the Theatre@First Facebook page and Theatre@First Community group with specific details on where to post your submissions and how to vote!

Submissions deadline: June 20, 2020

Voting dates: Sunday, June 21 - Saturday, June 27

Staying Connected

Theatre@Home

Theatre@Home, co-founded by Mary Parker and Pooja Usgaonkar, continues to share our love of theatre in our community during this time of isolation. We are choosing scripts, recruiting participants, coordinating times, and letting our theatrical energy loose online. Whether you have a script in mind, want a chance to flex your acting muscles, or just want to sit back and enjoy the performance, we're delighted to welcome you to Theatre@Home.

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Recent Press

The Somerville Times reviewed our festival-in-a-day for charity, Giving@First

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, 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.

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