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 Shows

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard is a dark comedy about an upper-class but cash-poor Russian family struggling to accept the inevitable fact that their estate – including their beloved cherry orchard – is going be sold at a foreclosure auction if they don’t get their act together and do something about it.

Performances: March 1725, 2023

Double Bill

Double Bill is a meta-Shakespeare extravaganza. Short scenes on the Plays, how to inhabit them, and how they inhabit us.

Performances: April 28May 13, 2023

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 Application is now open for directors with shows to propose.  The deadline is March 15, 2023.  BIPOC directors, LGBT+ directors, and directors with disability are especially encouraged to apply.  We're excited to welcome new and returning directors for our 2024 season!

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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