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

Stop Asian Hate

The leadership of Theatre@First are horrified by the murders of eight people in Atlanta and by the sharp increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans over the past year. On March 31, 2021 we issued a solidarity statement supporting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, condemning all violence against them, and providing resources for further action. The work to dismantle barriers, create change, amplify the voices of AAPI and BIPOC, protest against racism, and support all of our community continues at Theatre@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.

Upcoming Performances

FirstWorks: Covenant

Undercover agent Jordan takes on an assignment in an apocalyptic religious group that ends in disaster. The fatal results bring scandal to the Justice Department and questions from above. In Covenant, Jordan must confront not only what went wrong, but also the destructive nature of belief itself—including her own.

Online Performance: Friday June 18 at 8pm, followed by a talkback

Bare Bones: Mere Mortals - Six Short Plays by David Ives

A self-styled Don Juan encounters his future selves. Three construction workers share secrets 50 stories over the street. Two lonely but sweet young mayflies meet at a pond. These are some of the stories from the mind of David Ives in his collection of one-acts. Join us as we return to the stage for a new season of staged readings.

Back to Live, In Person Performance: Friday July 30 at 8pm, followed by a talkback

Call for Proposals

Bare Bones: Staged Readings

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First offers directors, casts and audiences the chance to explore a wide variety of plays in a spare, intense setting. Perfect for smaller cast sizes or shows that don't need everything that goes along with a full staging, Bare Bones gives our directors the chance to work with scripts they love that don't fit our mainstage production requirements. The productions are low-key; the staged readings are anything but!

Submissions due: July 9

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.

Staying Connected


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 Journal wrote about what Theatre@First has been up to during COVID.

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 Thank you.