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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First Things First

Black Lives Matter

On June 3rd, the leadership of Theatre@First issued a statement supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and shared it with participants and supporters via email. We continue to explore ways that we can dismantle barriers, create change, amplify the voices of BIPOC, and support the protests against racism and police violence as a theatre community.

You can read about our initial efforts to create anti-racist change on our blog.

Monthly Monologue Contest

August 2020 - Greek Tragedies

A fun, virtual way to participate in theatre from home! Through this monthly contest, we encourage actors to film and share a monologue that fits each monthly theme. 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: August 22, 2020

Voting dates: August 23-29, 2020

Upcoming Online Show

Carmen Disruption

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First offers directors, casts and audiences the chance to explore a wide variety of plays in a spare, intense setting. This year, Bare Bones is proud to present a reading of Carmen Disruption by Simon Stephens, based on the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet.

In the opulent grandeur of a European city, a renowned singer abandons the opera house for the truth of the streets. A gorgeous prostitute. A tough-talking taxi driver. A global trader. A teenage dreamer. Everyone’s looking for something. Through a series of monologues, Stephens’ play reimagines the opera and the possibility of love in a fractured urban world.

Online Performance: September 18, 2020

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 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 info@theatreatfirst.org. Thank you.