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.

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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 Monologues

November 2020 - Motivational Sports Speeches

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: November 21, 2020

Voting dates: November 22-28, 2020

Upcoming Performance

Antigone & Medea: A Greek Tragedy Double Feature

For one night, Antigone by Sophocles and Medea by Euripides will be performed together for a double dose of Greek tragedy. In Antigone, a young Theban girl defies the will of the king to honor her slain brother, deemed a traitor, and must face the merciless consequences. In Medea, a devoted wife is betrayed by her husband, who plans to marry the princess of Corinth, and seeks revenge against those who have wronged her. These tragic tales, told only as the ancient Greek playwrights could tell them, feature a cast of T@F veterans and newcomers alike.

Online Performance: Friday, December 11, 2020 at 8pm

Now Accepting Submissions!

FirstWorks: New Playwrights at T@F

FirstWorks is Theatre@First's workshop program for new plays. With this program we aim to engage with Boston-area playwrights and support new works. One full-length play is chosen for each session of FirstWorks. To find out more about the submission process, check out our FirstWorks FAQ page.

Submission deadline: February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm

New Script Reading Group

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'll 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.

Staying Connected

Theatre@Home

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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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.