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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Somerville Arts Council's Artist of the Month

Elizabeth Hunter - Theatre@First Artistic Director

Elizabeth Hunter, our Artistic Director, has been named the Somerville Arts Council's Artist of the Month for December. In her interview, she discusses her background, inspirations, future goals, and how Theatre@First came to be.

Next Show

Giving@First 2020

Our talented crew of more than 20 writers, directors, and actors will scramble overnight and all day long to create a full festival of short plays from scratch to stage within 24 hours! This play-in-a-day event will be a unique experience to see live theatre that is fun, frantic, unforgettable, and for an important cause!

All proceeds collected at this event will be given to ALS ONE, a local foundation dedicated to funding the research and treatment of the devastating and incurable disease, ALS.

Performance: Saturday January 11, 2020, at 8pm

Calls For Scripts

FirstWorks: Workshopping Program

We're looking for new, unproduced plays from local New England playwrights for a workshopping program. Gain feedback on your work from experienced directors and actors and watch your play performed in a staged reading. One full-length play for no more than six actors will be selected. There are no subject matter criteria—we hope to be surprised and delighted. Details available at the link on the left.

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2020

Festival@First 11: Myths and Legends

We're looking for a few good scripts for our next festival of one-act plays. Do you have a short (5–10 minutes) play with 2–5 actors that fits our theme? Submit it today — or write a new one! Details available at the link on the left.

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020

Next Mainstage Show

Anton in Show Business

Three actresses with very different personalities and experiences are cast in a regional production of a classic Anton Chekhov play. The rehearsal process is plagued with hilarious complications, and through their shared ordeal they become as close as sisters. But will their hard work and suffering pay off?

Performances: February 28-March 7, 2020

Recent Press

Our latest production, Hamlet, was reviewed by The Somerville Times and The Sleepless Critic.

Our Mission

The mission of Theatre@First is to work together to provide a fun, friendly, and creative theater 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 Thank you.