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.

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Upcoming Shows

The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons

The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons is a whimsical play written by Rachel Teagle. What did you want to be when you grew up? In a world of astronauts, ballerinas, cowboys, and secret agents, Jess always wanted to be...a mastodon. But even when fantastical possibilities become reality, it can be hard to find room for our...impractical dreams.

Auditions: December 45, 2023

Performances: March 1523, 2024

Call for Short Play Scripts

Festival@First 12: Love is Love

T@F seeks scripts for our next installment of Festival@First, to be performed in August 2024. The festival’s theme is “Love is Love,” which can be interpreted in many different ways. Our reading committee will be looking for quality plays by new or established local playwrights (residing within Massachusetts) that will draw the broadest possible audience while creating a vibrant evening of theatre. For full details and to submit a short play, please visit Festival@First 12 Call for Scripts.

Deadline: January 15, 2024

Apply to Direct in 2024!

Applications Open for Fall 2024/Winter 2025 

Each Theatre@First production begins as someone's dream. Directors with plays to propose for Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 are invited to apply now. Prior directing experience, or previous work with Theatre@First is not required. BIPOC, LGBTQ+, directors with disabilities, and members of other marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply. For full details and submission guidelines, visit our Season Planning page.  Make your dream show part of our next season!

Deadline: January 15, 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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