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. 

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Theatre@First rehearses and performs on land of the Pawtucket and Massachusett tribal nations. To read our full acknowledgment of the living truth of this land and its people, and to find more resources, please visit our Land Acknowledgment page.

What's On

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Upcoming Auditions

Festival@First: Myths & Legends

Festival@First 11 marks the return of Theatre@First's summer short play festival after a five-year hiatus! Myths & Legends will present eight original one-act plays written by local playwrights.

Auditions:  June 5–6, 2023
Performances: August 18–26, 2023

Community Input on Upcoming Shows

Tell us which shows you'd like to see at 

We want your opinion!  The T@F Season Planning Committee is hard at work selecting plays for the first half of 2024.  There are five finalists for two slots and we'd love to get  your input on which ones are most exciting to you.  Please fill out this short survey to be part of the selection process!

Change at Theatre@First

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Theatre@First is committed to creating anti-racist theatre and community. Please visit our new Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Section to explore the work of our Anti-Racist Change Committee (ARCC) and the policies and tools adopted by our Steering Committee to move our theatre community toward that goal.

Season Planning

The 2023 season has been announced. The Winter/Spring 2024 season  applications are now closed.

Recent Press

The Somerville Journal wrote about what Theatre@First has been up to during COVID.

Our Mission

The mission of Theatre@First is to work together to provide a fun, friendly, and creative theatre 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 Thank you.