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.


Submissions are due by March 15th, 2019

Finalists notified by April 1, 2019

Full drafts due by April 15, 2019

Final selection of play by May 1, 2019

Roundtable reading of play: TBD May 2019

Rehearsals for staged reading begin: mid May

Performance date is June 20, 2019

To submit, please send an email to with the playwright's name, email, phone, mailing address, bio (250 words or less), play title, # of characters in the play (plays will be performed by a maximum of six actors), a brief synopsis, and ten-page sample of the play. Submissions are due by March 15th, 2019.

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.

For more information please email