Special Projects

Sometimes our community members come up with a great idea that just doesn't fit anywhere else at Theatre@First. A cooperative performance at a brewery with another theatre troupe? Sure! An endurance theatre festival to benefit charity? Can do! Classes on improv comedy? You betcha! Special Projects is our catch-all for these amazing theatrical ideas, and more that we haven't yet imagined Sometimes these ideas grow up and become full programs – see our pages for Bare Bones and FirstWorks elsewhere on this site!

Ongoing Series

Skill Sharpening Workshops

Workshops for all kinds of theatre folks to improve their skills or learn new ones.

Giving@First Festivals

A festival of plays written on-site to raise money for charitable causes.

Monthly Monologues

A fun, unique way to participate in theatre from home: a monthly contest encouraging actors to film and share a monologue. Anyone can view, enjoy, and vote for their favorite submissions!

Other Events

Instant Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

July 23, 2020

ArtBeat 2020

July 17, 2020

Instant Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor

December 12, 2019

Shakespeare's 455th Birthday: an open-mic variety show

April 23, 2019

Line 'Em Up!: an evening of improv comedy

January 26, 2019

Useless Questions: a staged reading

January 13, 2018 — presented at the Arisia sci-fi convention

January 20, 2018 — presented at Unity Somerville

Cage of Light: a staged reading

January 15, 2017 — presented at the Arisia sci-fi convention

January 28, 2017 — presented at Unity Somerville

The Revenger's Tragedy: a staged reading

April 20, 2016 — presented at Aeronaut Brewing Co. in conjunction with It's a Fiasco

SomerVaudeVille 2: a cabaret

May 14, 2014 — presented at Johnny D's

The Vagina Monologues: a benefit for women's health

February 9, 2013 — presented at The Somerville Theater

The Bakery: a staged reading

April 30–May 1, 2011

Impromptu: improv workshops for actors

classes March 24–May 5, 2010 — with final presentation May 6, 2010

Never After: an original musical

September 26–27, 2009

SomerVaudeVille: a cabaret

May 28, 2008 — presented at Johnny D's