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.
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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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.
Auditions: November 29-30, 2022
Performances: March 17-25, 2023
Double Bill is a meta-Shakespeare showcase of short scenes, in two parts. We are looking for a diverse cast of 10-12 actors to devise and perform new material collaboratively.
Performances: May 12-28, 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.
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.