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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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.
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
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.