FirstWorks: New Playwrights at T@F

Theatre@First seeks new, unproduced plays from local New England playwrights for its workshopping program, FirstWorks. Playwrights will have the opportunity to gain feedback on their work from experienced directors and actors during the revision process. Revision sessions include a closed roundtable reading with actors, and culminate in a performed staged reading with feedback from our enthusiastic and insightful audience.

One full-length play will be selected. Due to logistical constraints, only shows able to be performed by a maximum of six actors will be considered. Roles may be doubled to accommodate the six actor limit within reason. Work submitted will be subject to extensive feedback with the expectation that revisions respective of deadlines will be performed by the playwright throughout this process. There are no subject matter criteria—we hope to be surprised and delighted.

There is no submission or participation fee and no offer of payment of any kind.


Call for submissions opens December 1, 2019

Submissions are due by February 15th, 2020

Finalists notified by March 1, 2020

Full drafts due by March 15, 2020

Final selection of play by April 1, 2020

Roundtable reading of play: TBD, April/May 2020

Rehearsals for staged reading begin: mid-May

Performance date is June 18, 2020

Submissions are closed for 2020.

FirstWorks encourages submissions from playwrights regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, body type, age, disability or any other identity factor. Women, LGBT and POC are particularly encouraged to submit. This program aims to engage with Boston-area playwrights and support new works. Playwrights not residing within local travel distance of the Boston-area will not be chosen.

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