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.
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First Things First
Stop Asian Hate
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.
FirstWorks is Theatre@First's workshop program for new plays. Actors will participate in this process by offering feedback to the playwright and performing the resulting version of the script in a staged reading. The 2021 selection is Covenant by John Minigan.
Auditions: April 19-20, 7-10pm
Auditions are by appointment only, via Zoom. Please sign up to schedule your audition.
Online Performance: Friday June 18 at 8pm
Join us to say Happy Birthday to the Bard!! He's turning 457!
You're invited to the party - will you be a guest or a performer? We'll offer up the spotlight if you'd like to present your favorite scene or monologue from Shakespeare and Shakespeare-adjacent works!
To be or not to be... a performer? It's not required - spectators are welcome! Enjoy the performances, play some trivia, and have a fun Friday night on the couch.
Performance: April 23 at 8pm
Focus on Scripts
All the World's a Stage
All the World's a Stage is Theatre@First's new reading and discussion group devoted to the works of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) playwrights. We select a play or plays to read each month, and discuss themes touching on race, ethnicity, and identity. This group is open to anyone looking to expand their horizons and read a wide variety of works from American and international authors.
A Wider Shelf
A Wider Shelf aims to read aloud rarely performed works by BIPOC, women, and LGBT+ playwrights with the goal of expanding our knowledge base and identifying potential Theatre@First projects. Hosted by the Artistic Director, A Wider Shelf is open to anyone who enjoys reading plays aloud and is interested in discovering scripts overlooked by the American theatrical canon.
Theatre@Home continues to share our love of theatre with our community during this time of isolation. Let us know what scripts you'd like to hear read aloud! Get in touch with the Theatre@Home Coordinator with your ideas, and join the Theatre@First Community on Facebook to hear about upcoming opportunities to read, or watch. Let your theatrical energy loose online and be a part of Theatre@Home!
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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.