FirstWorks: New Playwrights at T@F

Submissions for 2021 are now closed

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the submission date? What happens after I submit my play?

The last day to submit your play was February 1, 2021. Our reading committee will review the submissions and will select a round of finalists, who will be alerted by April 1, 2021. The chosen playwright will work closely with a director and a cast to workshop their story. They'll then see a staged reading of their show in June 2021!

Is there a submission fee?

Theatre@First is committed to a diverse and equitable theater community. We want to create space for underrepresented voices. Nope, no submission fee.

I’m a first-time playwright. Can I submit to FirstWorks?

YES! FirstWorks is specifically for unproduced plays that playwrights would like to workshop and receive feedback on.

How long should my full play be?

FirstWorks focuses on developing full-length plays. These are approximately 90 pages (90 minutes). Consider this your floor, not your ceiling.

What does FirstWorks mean by "unproduced" plays?

An unproduced play is a play that has no production history. This refers to any workshopping or performances a play has received. Workshopping and performances include table readings or staged readings as well as full performances (yes, even via Zoom).

I submitted my play last year and it wasn’t chosen. Can I submit again?


I had a play chosen for a previous season of FirstWorks. Can I submit this year?

We want to make sure we’re introducing new voices to the Boston theater scene. If your play was chosen more than two seasons ago, feel free to submit! If your show was chosen in the past two seasons and you still want to be part of the FW team, fill out the form below to join our reading committee!

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