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 Event

This is a new program called Unhinged Auditions. You’ll sign up for a time slot, just like an ordinary audition. Then show up at the appointed time and read various sides with 7 other people, just like an ordinary audition. Pour your heart into a handful of characters over the course of the hour. Try out different accents or unique takes on a part, be bold, be silly, take risks, be UNHINGED! You don’t have to worry about if you’re going to get cast or not, because this is NOT an ordinary audition. This audition will not be connected to any actual performance. No one is being cast, nobody will get any parts. Maybe you’ll come early or hang back to watch one of the other time groups, maybe not, but once your audition is over, that’s it. You’re done.

Event: Sunday, April 28, 2024

Upcoming Show

Marian, Or The True Tale of Robin Hood

Marian, Or the True Tale of Robin Hood is a joyful, diverse, heartfelt and hilarious play. It explores themes of gender-expression, and the experiences of those of marginalized genders, and how to find out who you are and who you love; all wonderfully juxtaposed within the familiar story of Robin Hood. This slapstick Monty-Python-esque farce is rife with sword fights, thumb-wrestling matches, characters in disguise, and endless surprises.

Performances: June 8–30, 2024

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.

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.

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